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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-07-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 978
Posted By xasthur
Well, I can understand why someone would ask this...

Well, I can understand why someone would ask this type of question. My first M2 purchase I was lied to, and was told it was CLA'd three months prior. Me never having held a M2 and not knowing what a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By xasthur
If you don't see anything when looking through...

If you don't see anything when looking through the viewfinder I would just keep it. If it is fungus, not only would you have to store it in poor conditions, which I imagine that will not be the case,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-19-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 194
Posted By xasthur
Fuji GS645W

Hey everyone,

I've been trying to figure out how to get into the lens from the front in order to attempt to fix the focusing ring and the ring on the front of the lens as it moves along with the...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-23-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 760
Posted By xasthur
this is really interesting, you mean to tell me I...

this is really interesting, you mean to tell me I can take the lens out of my broken Minox 35 and somehow use it on my r4m? Is there a post somewhere showing how this is done?
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-22-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By xasthur
Great looking camera and wonderful history! A...

Great looking camera and wonderful history!

A Leica IIIa with 3.5cm Elmar was my very first Leica camera. I'm a person who got into film cameras about 4 years ago and always wanted to try a Leica...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-22-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By xasthur
On the bessa cameras does the buttergrip help...

On the bessa cameras does the buttergrip help with the balancing at all? I hate the front lug mounts. And I dont want to spend 70ish for the voigtlander one or for the winder.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-29-2019
Replies: 2,125
Views: 589,333
Posted By xasthur
I had a IIIa with a 3.5cm Elmar that I sold and...

I had a IIIa with a 3.5cm Elmar that I sold and out of all the cameras I've had and sold.. M2.. M3 I regret selling the IIIa the most.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-28-2019
Replies: 2,125
Views: 589,333
Posted By xasthur
for me personally this is the best looking setup...

for me personally this is the best looking setup i've ever seen. I am super jealous. wow incredible.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-28-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,625
Posted By xasthur
That sounds so sketchy, hopefully it works out...

That sounds so sketchy, hopefully it works out and you get what is expected.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-21-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By xasthur
I would guess you probably could? I've taken...

I would guess you probably could? I've taken apart my R4m and I've seen other voigtlander and similar cameras to them with the top plate off and they all seem very similar if not the same but of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-13-2019
Replies: 254
Views: 67,275
Posted By xasthur
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7924/46457552255_34...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7924/46457552255_3481f7b24e_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2dMi6Jg)boxes (https://flic.kr/p/2dMi6Jg) by David Palmer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By xasthur
The battery contact pads are free of corrosion...

The battery contact pads are free of corrosion right I'm assuming?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-07-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By xasthur
Wow thanks so much! I need to work on my...

Wow thanks so much! I need to work on my searching skills.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-07-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By xasthur
Bessa R4m

I recently acquired myself a R4M and there's some dust in the viewfinder that I would like to blow out.

Anyone have any info on how to get the top plate off or have done it themselves before? Now...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-01-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,319
Posted By xasthur
Since you suspect someone attempted to repair it...

Since you suspect someone attempted to repair it sometime before. Do all the serial numbers match? When I took my IIIa apart there were engravings on the inner body with the serial numbers.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 254
Views: 67,275
Posted By xasthur
These are from my first roll of film and using...

These are from my first roll of film and using the 21mm blind. What I mean by blind is that I didn't have a external viewfinder for the M2 so I was basically guessing the framing. I don't have the M2...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-27-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 54,587
Posted By xasthur
https://i.imgur.com/FBbe9IZ.jpg I've had a...

https://i.imgur.com/FBbe9IZ.jpg




I've had a Leica M2 and a Leica IIIa and I'll be completely honest. I had way more fun with the IIIa than the M2. I got rid of the M2 and the IIIa and I regret not...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-27-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 11,304
Posted By xasthur
I was gonna ask that about the winder, with it on...

I was gonna ask that about the winder, with it on can you still use the normal advance lever or must you use the actual winder lever?

Also, has anyone one here ever modified the normal grip and add...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-22-2019
Replies: 270
Views: 86,702
Posted By xasthur
https://i.imgur.com/G8H3Dei.jpg https://i.imgur.c...

https://i.imgur.com/G8H3Dei.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/5xFn4lC.jpg

I love this with the 21mm! I got rid of my M2 for this and I love it way more! Way easier for me to see framelines while wearing my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By xasthur
What makes the MP so special? Pardon my ignorance.

What makes the MP so special? Pardon my ignorance.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 4,566
Views: 1,302,075
Posted By xasthur
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7821/46979710171_74...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7821/46979710171_74f4d33e78_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ezri5X)kiki (https://flic.kr/p/2ezri5X) by David Palmer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 773
Posted By xasthur
I enjoy my M2 with 35mm lens but one thing that...

I enjoy my M2 with 35mm lens but one thing that bugs me a lot about it tho is that since I wear glasses i cannot see the frame lines at all. I know it's not a big deal but it bothered me enough learn...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-23-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
They were not replaced. Mr Phong simply removed...

They were not replaced. Mr Phong simply removed the old dried grease and added new grease, then adjusted the timing of the curtains so the higher speeds were correct.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-23-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Haha yeah don't worry, I will be speaking with...

Haha yeah don't worry, I will be speaking with the man who runs the show when the next show occurs to inform him of that seller.

Yeah when I showed up to to Steve's repair a younger man came out and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-19-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
I figured I would update this post one more time...

I figured I would update this post one more time with what I ended up doing. I took the camera to Steve's camera and they told me that i would need to replace both curtains and the total cost would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-15-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Yeah, I will be sending it off to be worked on...

Yeah, I will be sending it off to be worked on next week so I'm pretty excited about that. Also, yes this will be my daily camera I take everywhere with me so a good CLA will bring it back to life...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Fortunately I was able to check the camera in...

Fortunately I was able to check the camera in person. Unfortunately I didn't check every single shutter speeds and paid the price. It's okay because the person who sold it to me and then refused to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-13-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
I posted a video a few replies ago and in the...

I posted a video a few replies ago and in the video I was asking about the advance lever and how it has a kinda harsh movement right before it locks the shutter in place to then take a photo. Anyone...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-12-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Yeah, when he said that I thought wow thats a...

Yeah, when he said that I thought wow thats a really good deal. especially since it has no scratches and the viewfinder is crystal clear. besides the insides of course.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
You are correct, I was just so excited because...

You are correct, I was just so excited because the M2 has been my dream camera for a long time and I finally was able to get one and I get this sour experience. But I'll eventually get it all fixed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
He wanted 800 for it but I talked him down to...

He wanted 800 for it but I talked him down to 750. Which isn't full price I know. When i typed that i was really frustrated. Now that i think about it about it 750 plus say 180 for yye to CLA isn't...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Ohh, thanks for the recommendation on Steve's...

Ohh, thanks for the recommendation on Steve's camera repair. Also I asked for the receipt from the seller and he hasn't sent it yet and then continued to say that when he attempted to call the guy...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Well, the seller will not give me my money back...

Well, the seller will not give me my money back so I'm stuck with it. The seller said that he never guarantee it was working. He said he will give me the CLA receipt and also call the repair man and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Yes that's at infinity. I made a post a while ago...

Yes that's at infinity. I made a post a while ago about M2 and the adapters for LTM lenses and in that post pictures were provided. Now comparing the images in that post from Erik Van Straten and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-11-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
I did buy it in person, i checked all the lower...

I did buy it in person, i checked all the lower speeds but not the high ones because those are usually okay. My mistake obviously and will from now on check every single thing.

I have a old Elmar...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
hehe fair enough, I appreciate you saving me from...

hehe fair enough, I appreciate you saving me from further pain.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
What a shame this is, I bought it at a camera...

What a shame this is, I bought it at a camera show here in LA. Luckily I have the contact of the seller. He gave me the number and the name of the shop who did the CLA for it so I will call them...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Is there a recommended lubricant used which I...

Is there a recommended lubricant used which I have give a go before dishing out more money sending it somewhere?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Yes, 2 rolls. first one came out fine because it...

Yes, 2 rolls. first one came out fine because it was a cloudy day where I live and I was shooting at 1/125 of a second. When the sun came out briefly is when I bumped it up to 1/250 1/500 and 1/1000...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Also I took the bottom plate off to have a look...

Also I took the bottom plate off to have a look since that wouldn't harm anything and there was a random small spring just sitting under the plate.. The camera still works the same way so I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,939
Posted By xasthur
Leica M2 + LTM lens

Hello everyone!

So I finally got my dream camera the M2 but per my luck with things it's got problems which I was not aware of.

Please note that I bought this camera with mindset of it was working...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-28-2018
Replies: 302
Views: 40,225
Posted By xasthur
First time seeing this post and I really enjoy...

First time seeing this post and I really enjoy looking at the photos you've taken!

I do have some questions as I've recently discovered the M4-2 and there aren't many videos or reviews talking...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Thanks! I actually sent her a email about a week...

Thanks! I actually sent her a email about a week or 2 ago but she never got back to me.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Wow thanks for the photos and info. I have a lot...

Wow thanks for the photos and info. I have a lot more knowledge on what I will be getting and how all parts will work together.

Besides Ebay are there any other places where I could possibly find...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Since there are different versions of the lenses...

Since there are different versions of the lenses here are a few pictures of mine. The Summar doesn't have a coating while the Elmar appears to have a coating based off the blue tint I see. I thought...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-22-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
I went ahead and took the winding knob off and...

I went ahead and took the winding knob off and found a lot of old dried green grease beneath the knob itself and also the frame counter dial. I removed all that and applied new grease so that should...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the help!

Thank you so much, I really appreciate the help!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Thank you everyone for the Info and pictures. I...

Thank you everyone for the Info and pictures. I can see that for the 35mm Elmar I will need the adapter with the cutout. Does anyone have the exact name for that specific adapter with the longer...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-21-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
I took the camera apart again and was...

I took the camera apart again and was investigating the shaft that holds the take up spool. What what I can see it sits somewhat lose but not super lose to move to much when advancing film through it...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Thanks for the reply, I'm just curious about the...

Thanks for the reply, I'm just curious about the 35mm if it needs it's own adapter somehow or just a general adapter will work. I going off of the Ken site where he links the one below. It only says...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,054
Posted By xasthur
Leica M2

I'm currently in the market of getting a M2 as the title states. I currently have a Leica IIIa with the Summar 5cm f2 and a Elmar 3.5cm f3.5.

Now I'm pretty sure the 50cm Summar lens will work with...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-20-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
Following the guide I linked before I removed all...

Following the guide I linked before I removed all the old grease and stuff from the Timing Mechanism and applied new grease. I also cleaned the and re-lubed the slow speed escapement. Not sure if its...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
I removed some old grease that was in one of the...

I removed some old grease that was in one of the cog wheels for the curtains, I could tell it was not suppose to be there. I don't think that could be the problem.

I also made some slow-mo videos of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
So I've taken the camera apart and I have some...

So I've taken the camera apart and I have some photos and videos below which will hopefully let someone more familiar with how it works spot the problem if there is one.

Right side of the curtain...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
Ah I see, it's very odd as i look through the...

Ah I see, it's very odd as i look through the roll it appears that in the dark spots on the film all appear to be the same exposure which seems to be a picture of my foot. Which leaves me thinking...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-19-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
From what I researched this may is shutter...

From what I researched this may is shutter capping and that possibly cleaning and relubricating the shutter gears could possible fix so I'm going to give that a try. I will try this by following the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-17-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By xasthur
Overlaping frames

Well as the title says I have a random problem with my Leica IIIa where sometimes my roll will come out with overlapping frames as if the film isn't advancing completely as you can see in the photos...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-31-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By xasthur
I wonder how different this is from my IIIa. My...

I wonder how different this is from my IIIa. My vertical alignment is slightly off but, since it's not real bad I've just been dealing with it.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-26-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By xasthur
I managed to win a Elmar lens with a hood so I'm...

I managed to win a Elmar lens with a hood so I'm excited about getting that!

I have another question: when I set the dial on my camera to 1/1000th of a second the dial does not go back down in its...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By xasthur
So I've been looking at hoods for my Summar. So I...

So I've been looking at hoods for my Summar. So I have the option of the original SOOMP hood which is all one piece. Then there's the FISON which looks the smallest of the 2 hoods which has me...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By xasthur
I will definitely look into that Elmar 35 in the...

I will definitely look into that Elmar 35 in the future!

As for these uncoated lenses how much does a hood realistically help? Are filters equally important or are they more of extra to get photos...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By xasthur
My Leica IIIa

I recently purchased a Leica IIIa that has the Summar 5cm f2. I love this little camera and from what I can tell the lens is uncoated.

My questions are this.

What do I need to get in order to use...
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