Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] My M5 replacement.
From: "Tom Schofield" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:39:07 -0800
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When you bought a camera overseas and brought it through US customs, you
were required to sign something promising to obliterate the name.  Same is
true if you mail ordered - customs would detain it until you paid the duty
and signed the pledge.  Don't ask me why.  I know this was true back in the
70's, when two friends mail ordered cameras directly from Japan.  One guy
who bought a Konica Autoreflex had a plate engraved with his initials to
cover it up, and the other, who bought an OM-2, ignored it, and figured no
one would ever follow up to check.  I have a feeling most probably simply
did not comply, but this was probably a Big Brother fearing man who lived up
to his word.

Tom Schofield

> > Please, someone tell me why anyone who would own one of these jewels
> > do this:
> >
> Not being a LTM maven, let me ask a perhaps foolish question - is that
> where any Nazi related engraving might have been? If so, I can easily
> understand why someone would have done that...Assuming that they wanted
> the camera to use.
> B. D.

In reply to: Message from "Michael E. Bérubé" <> ([Leica] My M5 replacement.)
Message from "B. D. Colen" <> (Re: [Leica] My M5 replacement.)