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 Post subject: Leica M3 problem!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:20 am 
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I was playing with a very old mint condition Leica M3 (The 2 winding one). I snapped a picture with no film in the camera, turned the lever twice, and tried again. After I tried a few times, it suddenly stopped snapping. I couldn't press the shutter down! I was very confused... :?

Anyways, I tried to fire off the timer, and it made a clicking noise, but I'm not sure if it was the shutter. I really don't want a Leica to be broken, it's such a good camera!

Anyways, I know that the majority of you don't own an M3, not even a Leica for that matter. But ANY help would be appreciated! I'm devastated! :cry:

Thanks for your help!

-Evan :)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:51 am 
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Are you aware of the fact that Leica still repairs cameras like the M3? It might cost a bit of money, but you can be sure they'll fix it.

Here's more information on that, if you hadn't found it already:
http://en.leica-camera.com/service/service_and_repair/

I have a similar problem with an oldie my mom bought for decoration purposes, which isn't a Leica by the way. It uses a little switch to expose the film, and makes a nice silent click when opening. After firing a shot or three, however, it stops working. I'd say it's because the camera is so old, but it might be fixable. Especially on a Leica M3.
Fix for the shutter button on my old camera is to set the only other switch (there's only two :) ) from 'normal' to 'bright light' and then back again...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:21 am 
Maybe the shutter is stuck and it's ball bearings need to be lubricated.


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Hi

If I needed to get it repaired by Leica, any estimations on how much it would cost? I really don't want to spend a lot...

Thanks!

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Remove the back and camera spool, and slowly turn the film advance wheel inside the camera whilst pressing the shutter button.

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although we could have discussed this in a film cameras section ;)

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Haha, so true! :D

It's been sent in to fix, I think that it will sell for more in working condition (Even though it costs $200 to fix) than for parts.

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You could also visit the RFF (http://www.rangefinderforum.com), and see if anybody of the regulars can help you. People there can also help you looking for other places to get your leica repaired.


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OH man, that sounds pants. I'd love an M3 but yeah suggestions above are a good start. I would like that rangefinder website more but it's so dark and unfriendly, plus it's also horribly set out. It just puts me off.


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