Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] My IIIc
From: "Michael E. Bérubé" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 00:31:14 -0500
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At 07:34 PM 3/14/01 -0500, our friend Dante wrote:
>It does sat DRP, not DBP.  Maybe it is a Nazi inscription.

Could it be Nazi relevant at all? The SN is #487176. Mr. Gandy's site lists 
that number belonging in the batch of 15000 IIIc's that were made in 1949/50.
I'm not a scholar on the topic, but I would think that 49/50 falls well 
after the start of reconstruction of the "two" Germanys and the fall of 
National Socialism (as it was at that time.)

What I have found in shooting my short test roll is that the fast shutter 
speeds (1/40+) are accurate enough to produce passable photographs, and the 
focus is dead on with the Jupiter 3, but three frames (of 20 test shots) in 
mid roll WERE in fact fogged (outside of the frame.) I'm assuming this must 
be from the little hole in the base plate. This will get a piece of black 
tape (on the inside) until I can find a IIIc replacement baseplate. 
(Probably at the PHSNE show in Waltham next month unless someone here has a 
box full of them somewhere and one that they are willing to part with for?)

All in all I'm VERY happy with being able to retain some claim to Leica 
snobbery, while now also being able to afford the Cosina stuff that better 
fits my meagre working budget. It is also a kick shooting with a 51 yo 
camera, a 37 yo lens and a 44 yo light meter. People look at you oddly. 
(Especially oddly when I also pull out the Digilux and take an secondary 
shot with that.)

Replies: Reply from "Stanislaw B.A. Stawowy" <> (Re: [Leica] My IIIc)
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