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I have a Leica R8 that has a extra part on the back panel and I'm not sure what it is. I've added a picture to show it. So if you could give me any answers it would be much appreciated

 

 

http://i40.tinypic.com/241pbfk.jpg

 

http://i41.tinypic.com/1zojdyu.jpg

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Can you open the back and show a pic of the inside of that back. That will be more telling of the facts.

 

Meanwhile I will reserve my guess.

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Rolling the dice here - but a vacuum back to ensure film flatness in some technical application? Looks like an air hose rather than an electrical cable (but I may get "hosed" for my guess

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Rolling the dice here - but a vacuum back to ensure film flatness in some technical application? Looks like an air hose rather than an electrical cable (but I may get "hosed" for my guess )

Good guess, but it's a "Lemo" brand electrical connector - used on a lot of industrial equipment.

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My guess is some kind of bespoke data back, maybe it records specific information on the film like a serial number or barcode?

 

Could you post a picture of the inside of the back please? It might shed light on things (the query that is, not the film!).

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I think I know what it is. It's a prototype for an updated DMR, being Leica's long promised (so far undelivered) digital solution for R users.

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