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Faulty M6 TTL Frame Counter


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I have a late model (sr 272xxxx) M6 TTL and the frame counter is acting up.  It counts correctly although resets anywhere from 0 to +5 when the bottom plate is removed (normally it should be -2). This is caused by a slipping frame counter disk ?? and is a common issue with the Leica M6, M7, MP and M-A models, says DAG. DAG (Don Goldberg) has quoted me $165 for this repair.

Has anyone had this issue? Is it common? Should I worry about it? Can I just use the camera and make a mental adjustment about my exposure count. After all, when the film stops advancing, then you just know to remind.

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I've never experienced this issue with my M-A. If I did, though,  I don't think I'd send my camera in specifically for this repair since, as you say, it's obvious when you hit the end of the roll.  I'd wait and have it fixed whenever the camera requires a CLA. 

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I would get it repaired considering the pretty low price DAG is quoting.

And maybe you combine it with a CLA (depending on how long ago the last one was done) to save time.

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My M6 Classic had the same problem and I lived with it for some time.  Eventually I decided to get it fixed as part of a CLA. That was in 2014 and it has been faultless since.

Tony

 

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Perhaps there's something to be said for the manually reset counters on the M2 and the LTM cameras! If this were me, it would be irritating enough to get it fixed, and the price seems reasonable by Leica standards. You might pay that to buy and process half a dozen rolls of colour film these days.

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Do you think that this fault indicates heavy use in the past? If it is a weak mechanical point in the design, then they tend to emerge in heavy use.

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21 minutes ago, ivohula said:

Do you think that this fault indicates heavy use in the past? If it is a weak mechanical point in the design, then they tend to emerge in heavy use.

I think it is an inherent fault with the M type counter so it probably has no connection with usage.

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