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Hi all, 

I came to the conclusion that my M 240 does not like cold weathers,  after living in the caribbean for a while and never had a problem. Every time going to northern latitudes, with temperatures of 10 Degrees Celsius or lower, the camera stops to work. Sutter works but the images are not recorded and even can not get to open the menus.

 

I have tried a brand new battery, so the problem is on the body.

Anyone heard anything similar? What options do I have other than send it to an expensive repair to Leica?

 

Thanks!

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All good here in Michigan. No cold weather problems. Send it in for repair. 

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No problems in MinneSnowta. Are you using genuine Leica batteries and a factory charger?

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In the temperate climate of the UK we rarely get very cold or very hot spells. Even when it does get cold my batteries have no problem. The source of the equipment is Germany where, because of its continental climate, temperatures are hot in summer and cold in winter. No one seems to have a problem. Maybe we take more care when it is cold? Tuck your camera near your body's warmth with a coat on. Job done! 

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I would have been more worried about the high humidity/salt water of the Caribbean than the cold of, say, Canada.

Sounds like an electronic issue and that will require a trip to Leica to check out. I highly doubt anyone else will have the equipment/expertise to check it out and/or carry out any needed repair. That's just part of the price of using these-type digital cameras from any maker. The local Nikon repair rep here in Dallas won't touch a digital Nikon camera that has any digital processing-related issues. He says it takes too long to learn each new model and gear up to handle any problem for a camera that's going to be replaced and considered old as regularly as digital models are. 

Leica specialists like DAG will do certain things, like calibrate rangefinders, but the electronic workings are out of his and most traditional Leica repair specialists expertise and, in their shoes, I wouldn't touch them either.

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Thanks for all your answers!

Looks like I will have to send it to Germany for a repair. I just talk to one of the Leica reps at my city and seems it could be a very hard problem to identify the faulty circuit or source, even to replicate the problem.

So let see, I just going to enjoy the warm summer temperatures and then send the camera before winter.

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Was in Ketchikan Alaska last week, a day before the 2 float plane tragic crash.

In the glacial passage, whilst on deck for 20 mins at 3C, the rangefinder  failed to allow focus for a few mins. Got no converging images. Put the M240 under my feather coat for 10mins, after it warmed up, camera was back to working.

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