Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/22

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Subject: [Leica] Leica Thread Mount Camera Poll
From: jcyleung8 at (Joe Leung)
Date: Wed Sep 22 19:12:53 2004
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Hi Greg,

The problems I had with LTM's are pitting on chrome on war time IIIc's and
weak 2 way mirrors on some when they become hazy and the silvering beginning
to go. Some may have sticky slow speeds. That's why I like the IIF RD. Low
speed of 1/25 is sufficient for me when I have the fast 50/1.4 Nikkor.

BTW, I made myself a little 35mm viewfinder from parts out of a defunct
Minox for use with the V/C 35 Pancake. It works fine and is unique not to
mention that it is dirt cheap ($10-).


Joe L.
Vancouver, BC.

----- Original Message ----- 
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [Leica] Leica Thread Mount Camera Poll

> Jim Nichols writes:
> > Greg,
> >
> > I use a IIIf RD and a IIIa, with the Elmar 5cm 3.5 and Summitar
> > 5cm 2.0, along with occasional use of a "Brand X" 135mm.  These are my
> > rangefinder cameras.  I prefer a simple old Pentax Spotmatic for SLR,
> > especially for long focal length lenses.  I recently had a CLA on the
> > Summitar because the diaphram was getting stiff, but the IIIa and
> > Elmar have had no attention since 1952.
> >
> Hi Jim,
> I don't know the full history of the any of the LTM's I've used over the
years, most were made before I was born, but I too have never had to send
one in for a CLA. They seem almost indestructible!
> Regards,
> Greg
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