Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New book on Leica repair
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 20:56:31 EDT

In a message dated 7/6/99 8:39:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Has anyone on the LUG seen the new book by Tomosy entitled, "Leica Camera
 Repair Handbook"?   I have ordered it sight unseen, and hope I don't end up
 with a Turkey.
 Dan C. >>

I got mine from last week and I've already sent it back.  I was 
looking for a carefully laid out step-by-step manual to show me how to 
self-maintain and adjust my Leicas, and this book doesn't do it.  In the M 
range it covers the M3, MDa, M5 and CL, but not the M2, M4, M4-2, M4-P or M6. 
 Even the ones it does cover, it just basically tells you how to take it all 
apart, not step-by-step how to adjust the things an industrious owner might 
want to do, such as the rangefinder or shutter speeds.  There are photos but 
they aren't well tied to the text and there aren't nearly enough of them nor 
are they adequately labelled.  I'm a very mechanically-adept individual and 
do a lot of camera maintenance the average person wouldn't, but I would not 
even begin to attempt to delve into a Leica with that book as my only guide.  
For those familiar with American automotive books, the analogy I'd draw is 
that this book is more like a Chilton's than a real shop manual.