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I recently purchased an M7, and would like to know if I can have the red Leica dot logo removed and replaced with a black one like the a-la-carte M7s. Not for any functional reason - I just like the look of the black dot logo.

 

Will Leica do this work? FYI - I am in the U.S. Thanks!

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I recently purchased an M7, and would like to know if I can have the red Leica dot logo removed and replaced with a black one like the a-la-carte M7s. Not for any functional reason - I just like the look of the black dot logo.

 

Will Leica do this work? FYI - I am in the U.S. Thanks!

 

Ask Don Goldberg.

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DAG (Don Goldberg) has them in stock now.

 

 

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No reason for Leica to do so - it is strictly DIY. The dot is simply stuck on. You can work it loose and put on the other, or if you are impatient you can use the don't-try-this-at-home variety: there is a hole in the top plate behind the dot, just over the "c"of Leica. You can push something through (not too deep!) and lever the dot off.

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curious - why?

 

I recently purchased an M7, and would like to know if I can have the red Leica dot logo removed and replaced with a black one like the a-la-carte M7s. Not for any functional reason - I just like the look of the black dot logo.

 

Will Leica do this work? FYI - I am in the U.S. Thanks!

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The why is obvious - He likes black better than red. It looks more elegant, and if it makes him happy, that is all that matters. Oh, and I did it to my Chrome M8 last year.

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The why is obvious - He likes black better than red. It looks more elegant, and if it makes him happy, that is all that matters. Oh, and I did it to my Chrome M8 last year.

 

I have never understood why the red dot logo is an issue for some people, but whatever...

 

Humans are curious creatures. Imagemakers are curiouser than run of the mill humans.

 

And Leica M imagemakers are curiouser still.

 

Curiouser and curiouser...

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Hi,

 

On this subject I called Leica UK today to ask for some spare bits (flash connector covers) for my M2 and MP. I then asked the guy in service if they can sell me any Black Dots?

NOWAY!

The reason is the Black Dot logo was sold to LHSA by Leica for good money ( what other type is there?) and they are not permitted to sell them to anyone. He suggested I paint my red one.

They get asked this all the time apparently. I should have asked for some spare red ones to paint, maybe next time.

 

I guess if we could chop and change various parts on our Leicas we'd all be at it customising our cameras. I suppose it is a bit like the Mini Owners club who have found many different ways to customise these old cars. It doesn't make them go any better but puts the owners stamp on it and is harmless.

 

If we could change the rewind system, film advance, logos, cladding, etc we would see many more Pandas, Zebras, even Leopards changing their spots. The a la carte thing is proof that Leica lovers want something special for their treasured cameras.

 

I just wish the used lens prices would go back to 2004/5 prices i.e halve so I could buy a 50f1.4 asph or another 35f2 asph in black this time.

 

Regards, Lincoln

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There are several photograph forums attached to this customer forum. Please feel free to show us the difference in your photos between red and black logo.

 

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Please feel free to show us the difference in your photos between red and black logo.

 

That's easy Pete, if you photograph the red dot logo, it will look red, if you photograph the black dot logo, it will look black, at least on color film. There won't be that much difference on b&w film though...

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Andy

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That's easy Pete, if you photograph the red dot logo, it will look red, if you photograph the black dot logo, it will look black, at least on color film. There won't be that much difference on b&w film though... .

 

Andy

 

and if you shoot with an M8 under certain lighting without a UV/IR filter then the black dot log may look purple

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What is the proper repairmen way of removing the dot for a RF adjustment?

 

Is the dot sacrificed with removal and exchanged for a new one (I suspect, as part production cost for this item are very low and easily accounted into the CLA cost, invoiced to customers).

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What is the proper repairmen way of removing the dot for a RF adjustment?

 

Is the dot sacrificed with removal and exchanged for a new one (I suspect, as part production cost for this item are very low and easily accounted into the CLA cost, invoiced to customers).

 

Not sure how the folks at Leica do it but if you do a search here you'll find numerous posts about how to remove the dot in a non-destructive manner.

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