Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/14

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Subject: [Leica] Re: M7 unloading
Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 13:24:15 -0700

I don't have a M7 so I don't know how delicate they may seem. But...

When taking pictures at rock clubs there is usually a lot of jostling 
going on as everyone is jumping up and down etc. The most dramatic of 
these was when I was kicked in the face, while trying to composes a 
decisive moment, by one of those happy people who happen to get up on 
top of the crowd and gets passed around. They actually kicked the right 
side of the 85mm and the front of the M6 HM which drove the back of the 
camera into my face. I pushed the guy off me, and rubbed my face with my 
shirt; BTW everyone, including me, was soaked in sweat by this time. I 
sorta regain my senses and check to see how loose the lens is, what's 
the damage, etc. It's rock solid. Everything is fine. I have a black eye 
and the camera is looking at me like "What are you waiting for? Shoot!" 
Overall a fun night for all! This camera has also fallen to the ground 
at least twice (once was my fault; concrete floor, no less) and never 
even blinked. Not a scratch. My sister dropped it last month at a 
wedding we were at and bent the 35mm hood. That I need to take in now, I 

And you've got the Passport warranty right?

Don't worry about tapping the camera. From my limited experience, if you 
are going to be "tapping" it that hard you'll probably need a new hand 
before you need a new Lieca.

Should this have gone under "Why I switched to Leica"? Or should this be 
a new thread, "Why my manual Leica can beat up your auto-everything!"

Fall seven times; stand up eight. - Japanese proverb

On Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at 09:51  AM, Ken Wilcox wrote:

> If a little tap to jar the film loose damages the camera, it certainly 
> would not be worth having. My Ms get jarred more than that on a regular 
> basis.
> Ken Wilcox
> At 9:22 AM -0700 5/14/02, Mark Cohen wrote:
>> So, how long would the batteries last in the M7 if it was left on the
>> whole time? Any longer than the TTL?
>> I think my only complaint about the M7 right now is that because of the
>> contacts necessary to read the DX coding, its a little difficult to get
>> the film out. Leica states in the handbook (Yes, I occasionally read 
>> the
>> instructions ;)) that you can give the bottom of the camera a tap to 
>> move
>> the spool down. Im a little nervous about hitting my precious leica.
>> I might have to carry a leatherman tool around with the pliers to get 
>> it
>> out.
>> -Mark
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