Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/15

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Subject: [Leica] Fog/dust on rangefinder
From: "Dragi Anevski" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 21:01:24


Could anyone help me with the following: About a year ago I bought a 
double-stroke M3 (serial 818xxx) which I thought looked nice. However, after 
a while I discovered that the split image was not as clear as on my M4-P. 
After looking at the rangefinder mirror I saw that there were things that 
looked like dust particles or fog on it and that it looked like in need of 
cleaning. Also the viewfinder needed cleaning, both dust and fog. So I did a 
complete CLA at Björn Landström in Stockholm, Sweden, and when I got it back 
everything was just great(viewfinder crystal clear, shutter smooth, adjusted 
rangefinder to focus down to 0.7 meters) except the rangefinder which was 
still not as clear as my M4-P, spots were still there. I spoke with Björn 
about that and he said that that was separation in the rangefinder. So, is 
there anything I can do about that, apart from changing the whole 
view/rangefinder, and how much would it cost, and where could I do it? Can I 
change only the rangefinder window? The camera is very nice to use apart 
from the rangefinder double image, sometimes when things go fast I can't fix 
the focus, also when it is very dark it's more difficult to focus than on my 
M4-P. Is this something one should accept from an M3, or is it due to the 
fogged/dusted/separated rangefinder vindow?

Dragi Anevski

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