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Subject: Re: [Leica] Light Leak in IIIc
From: "Christopher Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 21:01:21 -0500
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I had a similiar problem with a IIIcK. After 3 repair "fixes", the light
leak still remained. Problem was solved after sending it to Kindermann
Camera in Canada(had to pay duty fees). They knew the problem right away,
light was coming in from the small slit where the film winding knob meets
the camera body.

Chris Williams
New Orleans

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Matthew Surles" Subject: [Leica] Light Leak in IIIc

> I have the most baffling light leak in my "new" IIIc. I get about 10
> or 15 "leaks" per roll; most are confined to the top right of the
> negative(bottom of the camera) in the sprocket hole area, and a
> little into the negative, and looks sort of like a bent triangle (if
> that makes any sense). About five of the leaks are black lines, maybe
> a centimeter wide, running top to bottom on the negative (white in
> print). I know this has to be happening while the film is on the
> take-up spool, as the sprocket holes make nice little black squares
> between the holes behind. I have checked absolutely everything:
> shutter curtains, curtain baffles, screw holes. I even taped up the
> baseplate where the adjacent vulcanite is missing as I thought that
> light might be getting in there. I have taken the camera into a dark
> room with a bright Mag-light and checked out every concievable
> combination of shutter curtain position, film speed, etc. I have
> tried a different lens, and tried not removing the lens while loaded,
> all to no avail. This is my first Leica after two years of a Zorki 1
> (that works perfectly), so I am a little disappointed with my
> experience thus far. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> -matt

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