Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2018/07/29

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Subject: [Leica] HELP!!!! - M3 disaster! Advice sought
From: amr3 at (Alan Magayne-Roshak)
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2018 19:47:33 -0500

On Sun, 29 Jul 2018 Peter Dzwig <pdzwig at>wrote;


>travelling in France. I knocked my M3 off my bedside table and it fell
>on to a floor of "tomette" tiles, landing square on its top plate.
>Result is that I can only see the centre focussing rectangle and the
>framelines.I presume that this means that I have somehow managed to
>shake the viewfinder loose in some way.
My understanding is that this is terminal for the VF.  The cement between
the prism layers goes opaque in its old age when subjected to shock.
I think the only solution is a transplanted assembly from a donor M3.


Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Photo Services
UPAA Photographer of the Year 1978
UPAA Master of the Profession 2014
amr3 at

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