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Bye Bye Barnack: Oskar Portrait Series O Replica Solution
Old 11-01-2009   #1
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Bye Bye Barnack: Oskar Portrait Series O Replica Solution



Many owners of the beautifully done Leica Series 0 Prototype 2 replicas have lamented the out of place Oscar Barnack Replica on the back of the camera.




The solution can be found on the back of the earlier Leica Series 0 Prototype 1 Replica!




Order the replacement body covering for the Prototype I replica from Leica and have your repair person install it on your Prototype 2 replica!

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Old 11-01-2009   #2
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What does this add to the cost of the total camera?

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What does this add to the cost of the total camera?

Erik.
very little. the replacement body covering was about $20 US
+ labor

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Old 11-01-2009   #4
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You can then glue the photo of Oskar onto your DSLR!
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Is that black 50mm Elmar available separately?
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Old 11-01-2009   #6
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Is that black 50mm Elmar available separately?
its not an Elmar, not officially
they call it a Leica Anastigmat
but is a modern multi coated lens
and its fixed mount,
until you send the camera into surgery.

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Old 11-04-2009   #7
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Or instead of getting rid of Oskar portrait, how about replacing it with Mr. B portrait??
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Old 11-18-2009   #8
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Poor Oskar. Give the poor guy a break!

Where would we be without his early inspirations and genius?

Does leaving him on there reduce, maintain or eventually enhance the value of this repro anyway? Oh, and what is underneath his plaque? Is it possible to warm it up and gently peal it off as we do with certain unwanted vehicle stick-ons, and will we reveal a big hole in the covering behind it, if we are successful?

Just wondering.
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Poor Oskar. Give the poor guy a break!

Where would we be without his early inspirations and genius?

Does leaving him on there reduce, maintain or eventually enhance the value of this repro anyway? Oh, and what is underneath his plaque? Is it possible to warm it up and gently peal it off as we do with certain unwanted vehicle stick-ons, and will we reveal a big hole in the covering behind it, if we are successful?

Just wondering.

Shouldn't we find the hole used for colimating the lens ?
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Shouldn't we find the hole used for colimating the lens ?
Possibly, but from the photos I have seen of some of the original "Nullserie", or Model 0 cameras, which this is a replica of, they, unlike the Leica 1 cameras didn't have a hole for colimation purposes.

See also the photos in the first post in this thread by CameraQuest

How they worked around this I'm not sure.
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Old 11-19-2009   #11
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Ahhh...

I was not aware of that.

My 1932 Leica II has the plugged hole in the back... I assumed all the early black Barnacks were that way.
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I've cleaned the inside of the Elmar of my Leica I. Makes a huge difference.

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I would like to clean the back of the front element of my Leica II's 11 o'clock Nickel Elmar but I can't find any detailed instructions on how to remove it. There is a featureless brass ring which seems to hold it in place. Without the perfect tool for attempting to rotate that I am sure I am better not touching it.
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I hear the 100 year digital sensored Null Series replica they are planning for September release will boot up with the photo of Mr Barnack on the rear LCD
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I would like to clean the back of the front element of my Leica II's 11 o'clock Nickel Elmar but I can't find any detailed instructions on how to remove it. There is a featureless brass ring which seems to hold it in place. Without the perfect tool for attempting to rotate that I am sure I am better not touching it.
Look for a rubber stopper with the same diameter if the brass retaining ring on the front has no holes or notches in it.

If this doesn't work have the lens cleaned by a competent repairman.

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You can then glue the photo of Oskar onto your DSLR!
Now, that makes sense! Or better yet, maybe I could get one for my M8.2, to remind it of its origins.
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This is probably a silly question, but is the portrait medallion simply glued-over the body covering, or does the body-covering have a relieved inset so that the medallion sits flush with the surrounding surface ?

( Wondering if it's as simple is using a suitable solvent, and just popping Oskar off the back of the camera, and repatriating him somewhere else? )

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How many MegaPixels are these replicas?
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Or instead of getting rid of Oskar portrait, how about replacing it with Mr. B portrait??
+1 Yeah, long live the memory of Mr. B!
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nice looking cameras, l wonder how many get placed in a collectors cabinet and how many get used and develop a nice patina
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