Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica M rewind gadget
From: John Collier <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 20:04:18 -0700

I have just received mine and I am taking it on a shoot tomorrow. I 
will let you know how it goes when the film starts flying. Initial 
impressions are positive. It fits well and does not stick up and catch 
on things like the Wasserman crank does. I had a Wasserman crank and I 
eventually took it off. There was too little clearance between the 
crank and the top plate both when it was stowed and when you were 
rewinding. The Leica crank has much more clearance and the spring 
loaded knob helps keep it up off the top plate when rewinding. When it 
is stowed it fits right to the contours of the body with only a small 
smooth bump as the knob is only slightly higher than the top plate.

It is odd that it comes packaged like jewelry and the included 
screwdriver is just plain loco. Sell it in one of the old plain white 
boxes, lose the screwdriver and knock seventy bucks off the price. 
Still it is the most functional one I have ever seen. I have also 
ordered one of Stephen's Magnum knock offs to try as well. I know this 
all sounds silly but without a rewind crank the M2 stays at home.

John Collier

On Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 05:40 PM, Emanuel Lowi wrote:

> Anybody bought & now using the new Leica Solms rewind accessory for 
> the M1/M2/M3/MP?
> Does it work well? early reports suggested the knob wasn't high enough 
> for easy use.
> Please, I'm well aware of the many aftermarket options -- it's the 
> Solms product at
> (yes) $170 that I'm curious about.

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