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  1. Ich besitze jetzt seit etwas einem halbe Jahr eine Leica MP (Produktion 2021). Mir ist dabei aufgefallen das bei den Zeiten 1/15 und 1/30 nach dem eigentlichen Ablaufen des Verschlusses noch etwas in der Kamera "nachschwinkt", wenn man das denn so nennen kann. In der angehängten Audio-Datei habe ich dies versucht einmal aufzunehmen. leica_mp_shutter_sound.mp3 Ist diese Geräusch normal für die MP und habt ihr das bei eurer MP (oder anderen analoger M) auch? Vielen Dank für eventuelle Hinweise
  2. Hi! I've been noticing uneven exposures, usually on the right side of the photo. Have you guys experienced the same thing? What could be the cause?
  3. My M9 fell to the ground from waist level. When I try to take a photo, the shutter is not working. Battery is full and all menus are working, no issues on the display as well, even the light meter also working. Somebody pls help
  4. Hi guys, so I have been shooting 3 days in a row with my M10-P, and I found this shutter issue once a day for the past 3 days. So basically, I had Live View on, and when I pressed the shutter release, it couldn't go down all the way, like not a full stroke, but only halfway, and of course, the photo wasn't taken. It didn't occur at the start of the camera, nor in hibernation mode or burst shots. Again, it only happened once a day, usually I would suspect it's the shutter that got damaged, but logically, wouldn't this issue be way more often and easy to reproduce if that is the case? Or could it be some systematic or cache bug, where the camera think it's not ready to fire the shutter? Or, just a broken SD card causing trouble? Has anyone experienced same issue? Any thoughts?
  5. Hi, I inherited a R4S and R5. I'm sure they haven't been used in ages. I'm trying to fire the shutter to test them out. They both seem perfectly fine in terms of electronics, metering, battery, etc. I'm also testing using 3-cam and 4-lenses. In both cases: They'll only fire on Bulb. At any other setting they won't shoot unless I retry at bulb. Yes, I make sure they're wound, and there aren't any obstructions in the film area (neither are loaded with film; I don't want to waste it if there's a problem). The self-timer will quickly flash, then slowly, as if it's going to fire, but then... nothing. I've swapped lenses, program modes, speed, aperture... just about everything. Neither is attached to a winder / motor drive. I'm not sure why they're both fine on Bulb but not at any other speed. I read a lot about gunky lubrication over time, but I'm kinda ruling that out since Bulb is fine (fair?). The mirror is fine; it's not locking into an intermediate position.. Do they only work if they're loaded with film? I don't see anything mechanical that would force this, but who knows?
  6. The shutter on my M8 is gone. Does anyone what Leica US will charge to replace it? Thank in advance.
  7. My Leica M8 has a loose shutter leaf. I noticed it when all of the sudden a bright white stroke of light appeared on my photos. I made the loose shutter leaf conclusion after removing the lens and looking at the shutter. A loose shutter leaf is clearly visible. I hope I can find a solution through this community. I bought it two months ago as my first Leica. I'm missing it already.
  8. Before I owned the M6, I used to have the Canonet QL 17 GIII. It was working perfectly until I stopped using it for 3 months. The shutter got stuck. When I took it to the repair shop, they asked if I have left the battery inside as the shutter/ self timer is very sticky and dry. So I'm wondering if I should remove my M6's battery when not in use to prevent shutter jam?
  9. I first noticed that something was terrible wrong when 2/3 of my pictures turned up black. Fortunately I check the images frequently while shooting. To my shock I discovered what you see on this picture. What had happened? I have sent the camera and the two lenses that I were using to Leica awaiting the verdict. Anyone experienced similar? Helge Pedersen
  10. Hi All, Just got myself a Digilux 2. Went to test today...overall, pretty impressed! Question: 1. Is there a site or vendor where I can purchase a soft release button for the Digilux 2? I know other Leica models have the screw in...Can I do the same for the Digi2? 2. Also, where can I purchase a hood or square hood for the Digi2? Mahalo! SecretChord
  11. Hallo zusammen, heute ist mir meine Minilux hingefallen und seit dem fährt das Objektiv nicht mehr aus (E01 Fehler). Ich habe jetzt den Verschluss per Hand zur Seite geschoben und dann fährt das Objektiv aus. So kann ich sie zwar benutzen ist aber beim Transport etwas unpraktisch. Ich bin in Südost-Asien unterwegs und erreiche den nächste vernünftige Fotoladen in Bangkok erst in 2 Monaten. Lohnt es sich die Kamera selber aufzumachen um zu schauen ob ich den Verschluss selber repariert kriege bzw. den Verschluss entfernen kann? Oder soll ich die Kamera mit offenen Objektiv benutzen bis ich in Bangkok bin? Ich traue den "Fotoläden" hier nicht so richtig über den Weg, da ich Angst habe das sie es verschlimmbessern. Bin für Tipps sehr dankbar.
  12. I just acquired a IIIg from KEH. At first all seemed well, but upon trying it today, the slow shutter speeds simply failed to operate. I was set at 1/30 - 1 and depressed the little button to move to 1 sec an it fired at 1/30 sec. I sent it back to KEH and ordered a replacement (luckily they had another (at a higher price!)). Is there anyone who had dad this problem? It is NOT the speed of the slow shutter (a common problem that cleaning can usually fix), but the fact that the slow shutter speeds do not operate. I moved the film in the IIIg (my last roll of Kodachrome) to my IIIf and hope to complete my Kodacheome testimonial with it.
  13. Hello friends, I have been having trouble with my good ol' M8 lately. It appears when I have just switched on the camera to begin shooting, Sometimes (not always) the first pictures I shoot are overexposed and blurred. The only way to fix it is to set a fast shutter speed (1/1000) and fire off another frame and then return to the correct shutter speed. Then the camera will work again. I have tried the following remedies without any help: Charging the battery, switching the battery. Changing the SD card. Reformatting the SDcard (they are SanDisk cards 2 Gb), None of these things work. What is even more frustrating is that the error happens every now and then, but not every time I switch the camera on. I have the latest firmware. Example 1: Ice hockey match. EXIFsays 1/250 First picture: [ATTACH]196244[/ATTACH] Second picture after doing the shutter speed change trick: [ATTACH]196245[/ATTACH] I guess I will need to send the camera to Solms. Nevertheless, I would be very grateful if any of you could explain what might be wrong. The more precisely I can explain my problem, themore likely is it that they will be able to identify it, even though it does not appear all the time. Thanks a lot! "HP"
  14. Hi! Newbie Leica owner here. I've been using my Leica Q for a few months on the silent mode (no sound for anything) and suddenly, today, the shutter is making a fairly loud clicking sound when I shoot a picture. I checked my "acoustic signal" settings and everything is set to "off." I changed some settings and returned them to off (hoping it just needed a boost!) and that didn't work. I then reset the camera and that didn't work, either! The shutter makes a click no matter what. I'm worried I have broken my camera somehow -- and hope you all have some ideas for me. Thanks so much! Amy
  15. Hi all, I'm a new Leica owner. Got an R6 off a local photographer who let me use it for a few weeks before purchase. Worked fine; price was right, so I paid him for it. I have put through maybe 5-6 rolls through it successfully over the course of my testing period and then shortly after purchase. Tried loading a fresh roll of film the other day. Put the leader in the spool, pressed the shutter button, but the mirror is not moving after I press on the button. The shutter button seems to press down fine, however. Since the mirror is not moving after I hit the shutter, I am not able to wind forward the film. I have tried: moving all parts individually: the mirror, film spool, winder, shutter, film release/double exposure button all move the way that they should. There are no snags or tension. The mirror in particular moves up and down smoothly and doesn't seem out of alignment. The winder and spool do not seem to be loose or have tension; they feel like they move fine. firing the camera with the back open/closed on different shutter speeds tried pressing shutter button/winding the lever at the same time, tried pressing the rewind button and winding the lever at the same time. Since the moving parts seem to be ok, it leads me to think maybe something needs an oiling? Or maybe a spring rusted or got stretched? Or something got unattached? I want to open the camera up and try and see what's going on when I fire the shutter. However I wanted to come here for some advice guidance first. There just doesn't seem to be much in the way of R6 troubleshooting online. One thing to add: I notice while switching between shutter speeds I do hear a mechanical buzz. Doesn't seem to be on every change of the shutter however. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!
  16. I have a general question, that I guess will apply to CL, TL and others. I know from experience on the CL that the mechanical shutter produces far better images than the elecronic shutter (there is a demonstrable banding issue indoors, and generally mechanical just 'looks' better). This view seems to be supported by many other posts. However, I'd simply welcome an explanation of 'why' this is the case. In a digital camera, what advantage does the mechanical shutter provide? I'm just intrigued. Many thanks.
  17. I lost my cable release which I had used on my M10 since I got the body about two years ago. So I bought a new one (A Leica one) in the Leica Store in Mayfair, London. It worked for the first day, then stopped working. It's odd because you wouldn't think anything could go wrong with something so mechanical and simple. But it has. When I press the shutter release at the end of the cable, the prong at the other end does not stick out (the action what would normally trigger the shutter). I can't see anywhere to screw it tighter etc. All idea welcome as I can't easily get back to the store to return it.
  18. My M8 has some serious trouble with damaged shutter blades/curtains. I sent the camera the next day, after the problem happened, to Solms in Germany. Leica sent my a cost estimate to repair the shutter and to upgrade the mask carrier (my first language is Dutch and I don't know what mask carrier means) will cost € 987,00. Also the estimate mentioned that the cost could be higher because the repair people could not test the sensor due to the defective shutter. I would like to know if there are other M8 owners on this forum who have experienced the same trouble with damaged shutter curtains, did the reparation cost around € 1000,00 and what mask carrier means. Thank you for your help.
  19. Yesterday, while trying to take a photo, I got a "Shutter Fault" error. The shutter is stuck and won't release. I sent an email to Leica support, they haven't replied yet. I purchased the camera at B&H photo NYC (I live in Israel) on 2009-11-25. Does anyone know what is the procedure with Leica in this matter? what should I look forward for from leica? Thanks, -Dan
  20. Hello all, as a pretty new M8-user I got very shocked when my M8 started making horrible noises! I will try to explain: I was taking a series of rapid photos (in S mode), when suddenly the shutter sounded like it retrackted (winded back) about 5-6 times, and the the camera died due to an empty battery. The sound was ugly and I was scared someting was broke, but with a charged battery everything now is as it should be. I told my friend, a professional Leica-user, this and he had never heard of such thing or these noises from the shutter mechanism. So I wonder, have any of you experienced this or have any explanation to why this occured? Thanks in advance! Matias
  21. Sensor dust: I really like my M9P but it is a magnet for sensor dust. With the new M I can imagine it can get even worse with liveview. Any information if there is a dust-removal function? Any ideas how much we will have to deal with dust with this camera? Which brings me to my second question, how is the shutter implemented: Is there no mechanical shutter blade and the sensor is always visible? Is the shutter implemented fully via the COMSIS sensor, or will a blade shutter kick in with very short shutter speeds? According to the website of COMSIS, the sensor itself must have a shutter function as it can take several hundred images per second for the movie function.
  22. My M8 shutter just died after just 17,000 actuations (compared to my old nikon D80 with 150,000), sent the camera to germany (cost 100 Euro there and back), got a reply from leica after 3 weeks saying it will cost me about 1,000 Euros to repair. Does this sound right to anyone ? Did anyone experience this and got the same cost ? What did you do when it did ? Thanks everyone
  23. Hi all, my reasonably new M9 has been giving me a message: ***************** Attention Shutter Fault ***************** which I can reset and keep on working by turning the camera off then back on. It happens regularly, at the beginning of a shoot or after being powered off for a while. The image captured does not save when this message appears, but all others after the "reboot" do. the camera has the latest firmware update (which I loaded to fix to fix the issue but to no avail.) Its a pain and I have dropped off the body to the Leica service agent here in Australia. The camera only has about 3,000 actuations. Is this a known fault? If so, is the necessary fix (shutter replacement?) going to mean the sensor focus point (which I have had done at great expense) need to be reset? Thanks, Mark
  24. Has anyone ever experienced an unexplained shadowy gradient area along the edge of the frame as shown in the photos below? I've been shooting with my M10 close to a year now and I mainly use it for weddings and portraits. As a very rough estimate, I have put 15,000 clicks on it in the last year. In recent weeks, I have noticed a strange darkened area appear randomly on the frame in some photos, but not all. It's on the right side when shooting vertically or on the bottom when shooting horizontally. I have so far only noticed it happening with photos shot with the Noctilux .95, and I can't replicate it although it continues to happen randomly. I've uploaded a few files as example, from different days showing both the strange dark area as well as images that don't have it. I understand shooting at .95 I will have vignetting as shown in the second wedding photo, but the shadow area is very different and I don't understand why it's happening.
  25. Hi, Found this lovely forum while searching for info on a Leica R4 body described as having a "small problem". It belongs to a friend who gave me the option of buying it off him cheap, in its existing state, and trying to fix it and re-sell to a collector. I have been reading up on this and trying a few things and had a couple observations and questions that I am hoping the experts in this forum can help me with. 1) When I received it, I discovered that the shutter was not just firing with a delay, it was stuck and unusable. The film advance lever was stuck as well, indicating that the shutter probably froze midway through its cycle. The mirror was down, but the DOF preview lever was "loose". 2) The battery LED would light, but there was no activity in the viewfinder, meaning no leds or anything at all. The camera seemed dead. New batteries did not change anything. 3) After a fair bit of research, I found a thread (unsure where) that suggested "smacking" the camera bottom on a bed or similar soft surface. Somewhat frustrated, I did this, and it actually worked. The shutter finished its cycle and the film advance lever was working again, AND the viewfinder leds worked. I checked the meter and it seems fine too. 4) Advance the lever (no film), press the shutter, and same exact problem. But over many tests, I discovered that in B and 100, both mechanical modes, it would sometimes fire with a big delay, and other times get completely stuck. Smacking always releases the shutter. 5) Based on many threads in this forum, I believe this problem is typically related to dirty magnetic dampers. However, I find mixed information on how to reach the magnets. There was one thread that suggested it can be reached from the bottom plate and is easy, while another suggested it is behind the dof preview lever and complicated to reach, requiring some degree of disassembly. Unfortunately, I did not find information on WHAT disassembly is required. 6) In the meantime, I have also found that in all of the electronic modes (manual operation, but shutter speed electronic), the shutter button actually never fully depresses and therefore the shutter never fires at all. It feels like a half-press only in the electronic modes. In the mechanical mode, I can clearly see and feel the shutter go much deeper and actuate something. So my questions: 1) Is the shutter button behaving normally? Is there something else I am missing, as to why the shutter button won't fully depress in electronic mode, but works in mechanical mode? 2) If its the dampers, do I go from the bottom or the top? In any case, how do I get the top plate off and get any sort of serious disassembly done on this camera? I see one screw in the back, by the eye-piece control dial, and know that the top most screw on the mount holds the top plate down. But are those the only two screws? What else do I need to remove to get the top plate off? I am guessing the film rewind lever (on the left side, over the ISO dial) needs to come off, and the entire ISO dial mechanism probably needs to be lifted off too. What about on the right side, how do I get under the film advance lever and the shutter control? 3) Given the fact that the meter seems to work properly, I am guessing the electronics on this sample are okay (its a 156xxxx serial number). But just to be sure, if the electronics are toast, how do I know this? Any help/advice is appreciated, including an opinion on what price its worth buying at and then trying to fix it so I can keep it for myself, OR sell in working condition to a collector. A warning that it might be more valuable sold off to a collector in present condition than executing a botched repair and destroying its value completely is also taken in the right spirit. Thanks, Karthik PS - I literally went thru every single page of the English forum looking for answers. Now after posting, I see threads related to this in the German forum! Is there a way for me to search on the other language forums? Any pointers appreciated, but please understand that I did a pretty comprehensive search and processed what information I already found before making this thread
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