Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/02/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Screw-thread Leicas
From: "Roland Smith" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 18:57:29 -0800
References: <p05100300b88cd8b858a2@[]>

The other day, I failed to set one of my Leicas on the slow speed at the top
and proceeded to set the slow speed at one second.

The shutter opened and closed at a fast speed.

It did not hurt the camera and when I set the fast speed dial to the proper
slow speed, the shutter opened and closed for what seemed like one second.

Roland Smith
Oakland, California

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From: "Herbert & Lee Kanner" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 6:18 PM
Subject: [Leica] Screw-thread Leicas

> On those old Leicas, for speeds above 1/20, the slow speed dial on
> the front was supposed to be set at "20".  For speeds below 1/20, the
> ones were the speed was selected on the slow speed dial, the main
> control was supposed to be set at "20".  Does anyone know what would
> happen if the slow speed dial was set for a longer exposure than 1/20
> and the main dial set for something faster than 1/20?  Would one get
> gear salad, or would a slit narrower than the 35mm frame just pause
> somewhere in the frame for the length of time demanded by the slow
> speed dial?
> I've been wondering about this for years, but never remember to ask
> when in the company of someone who might know.
> Herb
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