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I am experiencing an unfortunate problem with my APO-Summicron 90mm. After a brief portrait session at the office, I left the lens at the camera, over a desk. I almost always use it wide open and occasionally at f/5.6, but this time I went for f/16. When I returned to put it back to the leather case I noticed that the aperture ring was totally loose. It’s now spinning 360 degrees and the aperture blades don’t move at all. I always felt that the ring was too soft for my taste. I’d prefer it to be stiffer. But I never felt that there was a problem. In fact, the lens is still in very good shape and it never gets any rough using. I live in Brazil and I was just planning to take it for a trip do Portugal in about 45 days. I keep my equipment under an insurance that covers for damage. But if this is something relatively easy/cheap/quick to repair, I would prefer not to call the insurance company. Did any of you guys experienced something like this? Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks!
Thank you to everyone who took part in October's Barnack's Monthly theme, which was filled with a wonderful array of more than 600 pictures and excellent ideas and interpretations of the theme! Thank you to everyone who helped to make it another successful month by generously posting their pictures and in particular to those people who posted for the first time - I hope you found it an interesting and rewarding experience and I hope it encourages you to share more of your pictures with us! The Barnack's Monthly theme for November 2016 is: "Mechanical" This month's theme is "Mechanical", which is anything that relies on mechanics to function. This could be a robot, a swing bridge, a steam train, a Zeppelin, Meccano, Lego, Duplo, chess, a wheelchair, a Venetian Vaporetto, a bicycle, a tricycle, a tandem, a garden swing, Whack-a mole, a funicular, a rack railway, a peddle car, a paddle steamer, a kayak, a rowing boat, a bi-plane, a tri-plane, a chainsaw, a harrow, a steam roller, a pocket watch, a fountain pen, a fountain, an elevator, a potato-peeing machine, a one-armed bandit, a slot machine, a pinball machine, a machine gun, a sewing machine, a typewriter, a knitting machine, a paint mixer, a cake mixer, a bicycle pump, a car jack, a tip truck, a crane, a hydraulic arm, a cherry-picker, a combine harvester, a sludge pump, a sump pump, a fire engine, a car engine, a difference engine, a mechanical camera, a self-winding wristwatch, a hovercraft that's full of eels, a vacuum cleaner, a push mower, a mangle, an hand-powered police siren, an egg-beater - it's entirely your choice so let your imagination run free! It would be a help if you give your picture a title so to help us understand your point of view but it's not compulsory. Members have asked if we'd very kindly name the camera and lens used - if you can remember - because it's interesting to know but, again, it's not compulsory just helpful. The rules are deliberately loose so go out and shoot with this month's theme in mind or start searching back through those pictures you took oh-so long ago that you'd forgotten about and start posting! It doesn't have to be your best ever shot and it's not a competition so you might surprise the rest of us and yourself - it's just about sharing some pictures, seeing others' take on the topic, and enjoying it! Everybody's welcome to contribute, any interpretation, any number of posts, pictures that have been posted on the forum before, any equipment as long as it and the photo complies with the forum's rules of either camera or lens or both made by Leica. Please post freely - especially newcomers and please remember there's no judging or criticism (good or bad) in this thread. So, if you'd like to show your acknowledgement or appreciation that someone has posted their picture then instead of posting a comment please use the "Thanks" button that you can find at the bottom right of every post. Please post away and I look forward to seeing your interesting interpretations of this month's theme. Note: Moderator Pop has very kindly assembled links to all of the past Barnack's Monthly threads as a single archive that can be found here: Barnack's Monthly Index. Thank you, Pop! Pete