Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/12

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Subject: [Leica] r3 shutter is stuck?
From: vick.ko at (Vick Ko)
Date: Wed Jan 12 04:37:21 2005

Sorry for the bad first impression.

The R3 was one of Leica's first forays into electronic cameras, and they
were buggy (poor reliability).

Is the mirror up or down?  From your description, the camera never

Did it cock properly?

Is there a body cap or lens on it, with a body cap?  Sometime aperture
priority cameras fire with no light reaching the light sensor, so the
shutter speed is "infinite", ie. opens forever.

Is the battery fresh?  Try changing it.

Short of finding someone who will attempt a repair, I don't know of a
way to get the camera working.  I don't even know if Leitz New Jersey
would attempt a repair; it's such an old camera.



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Roger R. Parent
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 8:34 PM
Subject: [Leica] r3 shutter is stuck?

Help Please.

I'm new to the group and have just experienced a problem with my very
first (finally) Leica camera.  I have a R3.  When I tested the timer,
the shutter never released and now the camera is just "stuck".  The spot
meter no longer works, the shutter won't release, the film advance lever
moves but seems to be disconnected from the film spool.  Please tell me
there's a simple fix.  I haven't even loaded film in this thing yet.

Thank you,


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