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About ironringer

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    Erfahrener Benutzer
  • Birthday 12/23/1948

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    Montreal, Quebec
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    Meccano, Photography, Collecting, History, Running
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  • Your Leica Products / Deine Leica Produkte
    Ia, II-D, III, IIIf, IIIg, M3 cameras; Summaron 3.5cm, Summicron DR 50mm, Summicron 5cm, Summitar 5cm, Elmar 5cm, 9cm, 13.5cm lenses; many screwmount accessories; R4 MOT, 50 mm Summicron-R; many Leica reference books & literature

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  1. Well, my experience with a 1955 Hektor 13.5cm was more positive. When carefully focused I found it performs well, with the typical Leica low contrast, soft-creamy look of older lenses. Attached is a picture (cropped, slightly enhanced contrast) of my mother, taken with an M240 and the Hektor, at f5.6 at 1/8 second, using a tripod. Good enough for me, and since then I have used it outdoors with equally satisfactory results 😀.
  2. Would the performance and quality of the M10 cameras, that currently satisfy and please their owners, change the slightest, when a new-improved model is introduced? The answer is obvious = no. To quote someone strange and famous "it is what it is." So, no need to sell what works well. ADDING another Leica, old or new, is of course a different decision 🙂. Currently I am happy with my Leica film cameras and an aging-gracefully M240. But there is always room for another Leica 😉.
  3. Thank you William for sharing your informative overview of the new Leitz Museum in Wetzlar. It is certainly worth a visit, and many of us will make the pilgrimage when travel is safe and easy. Without knowing what "paper" history the Leica Archives contain, I would still wager that there is a vast assortment of vintage Leica literature owned by our Forum members (and other Leica enthusiast groups) that the Archives do not have. In that case the best way we could contribute is to scan our old literature collectibles, and offer them to the Archives for proper cataloguing and storage - as lo
  4. For me as a literature/paper enthusiast, Leitz/Leica literature print codes are an interesting detail: To answer Alan - yes those "000" numbers at the bottom of literature are 99%-likely print run quantities. Starting in the 19teens, Meccano and other European manufacturers used a "print code" on most product literature, showing a date, and sometimes with a printer company code number (if several printers were contracted), followed by a print quantity in thousands. Perhaps this became a common practice, or even an industrial standard in Europe. Apparently Leitz/Leica literature used a "Ph
  5. Thank you Alan, I was sure that if it existed in English, you would have one (or more) copies 🙂. Yours is in Mint condition - lovely old paper! I would be interested in seeing a scan of the whole thing, when and if the spirit moves you. It is an interesting little booklet and quite appropriate for the early days of the Leica. Below is my "hobby card" that I hand out to people when I ask them to pose for a picture - street photography on a personal level. It is surprising how many people especially young ladies are interested and ask about my vintage Leicas when I am strolling around
  6. Thank you William and I was sort of hoping that you or someone well-connected could track the original delivery location for my 1A. After buying it on the e-auction site, strictly based on the listing pictures that Jerzy had noticed, I had the Russian seller send it to Jerzy for inspection and servicing. He took it apart and reported happily that it was completely original, identical to a "type 5" 1A as per the von Eimen reference document. It did have the shutter curtains replaced, probably in the 1970s (old Ferrania Dia film tab was in its case). Your comments about the Wie booklet cont
  7. Danke Andreas. That reprint mentions 12 pages, probably of text. My original booklet has 12 pages of text and 8 pages of Leica photographs, which may not appear in the reprint.
  8. I believe I read on this Forum that the DR Summicron is not compatible with an M240 camera, unless a modification is made (grind something away) to its bayonet mount. The experts can confirm this. I have never tried my DR Summicron on my M240, in case there is a physical conflict with something inside the camera body (metering?).
  9. This very old "Wie" booklet dated April 1929 came with my 1929 Leica 1A (#14103) purchased almost 5 years ago from Latvia (Jerzy will recognise that camera). Being curious, I wanted to ask other literature enthusiasts about the "purpose" of this small 20 pages (without counting the covers) publication. Although I do not understand much German, it appears to be a basic introduction to the then-unusual small camera, its use, and the small "system" of equipment available to support the camera. Sort of a general "marketing" overview without many details. Was this ever printed in English? Can
  10. Interesting discovery Jerzy. Have you seen other very old Elmars with interior serial numbers? And have you seen any very old Elmars with serial numbers both scratched or stamped inside, AND stamped on the front ring?
  11. I recently used (hooray, first outing since Covid started !) my 1936 Leica III with a 1954 red dial Elmar (an excellent lens) and experienced some difficulty in smoothly reaching the "match- image" correct focus position, because of some friction in the focus rotation. As many users have experienced, focusing with the small diameter LTM lenses (such as the Elmar 5cm) can be tricky, when the focus movement is not silky smooth. As lubricants age and parts wear, the focus rotation can become slightly (or more) stiff. If a short extension lever could be attached to the infinity locking tab, t
  12. I am not sure what rotation direction you are using, but try rotating the extended lens barrel the opposite direction. Then it should lock in the extended position.
  13. I suggest that you send your M3 to Youxin Ye, or DAG, and if they can't fix it then it can't be fixed. I am sure (from my experience) they have scrap cameras from which to take used parts, if necessary.
  14. Among my 20+ A36 filters are several whose glass has been replaced with a different filter than the rim engraving shows. They are designed for replacement (you can unscrew the glass retaining ring) and previous owners have taken advantage of that intelligent feature. I plan to take a couple of larger Skylight filters (gently used, name brand, 49mm, 52mm and 55mm filters are very inexpensive at camera stores) to a local optometrist to get them ground to the right size for use in empty A36 mounts.
  15. The dealer and long-time Leica user did not clarify what caused (or might cause?) extra stress on the winding mechanism with the quick load device. I can only speculate about two possibilities: - additional friction in the film path, with the guide in place; - IF the diameter of the new spool is smaller (even by 1mm) than the original spool, the winder lever and gearing must work harder to pull the film. Either and both possibilities cause more stress on the winding mechanism.
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