Faded rangefinder patch.
Old 01-01-2019   #1
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Faded rangefinder patch.

I had separation in the prism on the VF. Managed to find a Leica tech who swapped for a new unit.

Now itīs the RF patch thatīs very dim. I can focus w/it but under some circumstances it becomes heroic. After looking thru a new M vf i know what i am missing.
It seems some people had it sorted out w/ CLA and cleaning.This camera was CLAed by DAG before I bought it 6 yrs ago. I assume he would have have done something about it if it could be done. The seller mentioned a dim RF patch but it was my first Leica, first RF camera so i didnīt know better. No blame on him.

There is a shop in England that does an exquisite job of reviving the patch by installing a new custom fabricated frame line grid. I would have to ship it across the ocean, thru customs.. not my favourite scenario.
Any opinions or experiences?
Yes.. i am working on a second M body.
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Old 01-01-2019   #3
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Contact DAG.
It may be a desilvered mirror which is easily replaced.
The prism was the expensive and hard part.
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I've use that 'black dot' trick on a few RF cameras, but eventually you're better off replacing the beam-splitter.
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It wonīt work as well on a Leica since the frames move significantly while correcting for parallax.


I am not so optimistic about fixing my rf patch. Unless it goes to England.. and i donīt like fixing things out of the country. Itīs always annoying.
Customs here where i live will try to charge it as an import.



I cpuld find a beam splitter/ prism for the viewfinder but fixing the patch involves replacing the entire rangefinder.

I will keep using it as it is and miss some pictures untill i find another M3 body.
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