Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/02

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Subject: [Leica] Fixing IIIf shutter pinholes
From: jose.i.morais at (José Morais)
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:04:39 +0100
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AMAZINGLY cheap solution!!! :)

2009/10/2 Lawrence Zeitlin <lrzeitlin at>

> Vic writes:
> I just got back some shots from using a IIIf and 3.5cm Elmar lens.
> The good - I was shooting a balloon launch and the colours and sharpness
> were wonderful.
> The bad - looks like I have two pinholes in the first curtain of the
> shutter.  Sigh.  Two identically placed spots on every frame.
> So, who's the top gun for economically replacing shutter curtains these
> days?
> - - - - - - - - -
> Vick,
> If the camera is not used heavily, you can delay the replacement of the
> shutter curtains for several years by simply covering the pinholes with a
> dab of black acrylic paint. Hobby stores sell small bottles of acrylic
> paint
> for use on fabrics. One brand "Anita's All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint" is
> sold in 2 ounce bottles for less than $1 at Michaels or Moore craft stores
> (one or the other is in most large malls in the US). Remove the camera
> lens. Try to locate the position of the pinholes by examining the
> negative. Look at both the leading and the following shutter blind. When
> you
> find the hole put a small dab of the acrylic paint on a toothpick and
> gently
> apply it to the curtain. Let dry a couple of hours before using the camera.
> Otherwise be prepared to spring for a couple of hundred dollars at DAG.
> Larry Z
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