Lost my M, what to do?
Old 04-03-2013   #1
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Lost my M, what to do?

As you can see the white paint for the M has worn off. Is there a way to redo it? Or maybe take the 9 out as well?



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Old 04-03-2013   #2
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Microtools market a white paint stick that would fill the 'm' effectively. Worth a try?

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Old 04-03-2013   #3
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just refer to it as your 9?
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Old 04-03-2013   #4
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Send it to Solms, they can handle it.
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Send it to Solms, they can handle it.
Ouch!! Expensive.
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Old 04-03-2013   #6
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i would cover the 9 black and repaint the M white, and show off ;-)

jokes aside, I'd leave it the way it is, kind of cool, only with the 9
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Old 04-04-2013   #7
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if you do decide to fill in the M, I would recommend picking out the white in the 9 as well, then re-fill in the 9 with the same paint you use for the M. That way it will match. Ive used Tamiya acrylic model paint to retouch Leica cameras, you pick these paints up at your local hobby shop. I read some where that Leica themselves have used this paint to service parts in the past. Dont know if its true, but their paints seem to match pretty well to whatever Leica uses. Also since its not an enamel, its easier to DIY, washes easily with water.
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How did it get that way?
When I bought it used (only 3400 actuations) it was mostly gone. A mystery to me.
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Clearly defective. Sell it cheap.


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Pull the 9 out so it matches.

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Wow, should I have a poll?

1. Take out the 9.
2. Fill in the M.
3. Leave it.
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Old 04-04-2013   #13
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take out the 9 with a tooth stick.
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This reminds me of a rather long track from a Beatles album.

Sell it on eBay as a Beatles Commemorative Special Edition. Buy another one and a bunch of lenses with the proceeds.
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I'd fill in the M and 9 in red to match the dot.
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put your m body in a shop vise, then use an angle grinder to wipe out the letter AND number, then paint with walmart glossy black spray paint ...
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Add white paint to the center part of the letter M to make it a "V." Then you'll have a V9. Imagine the rumors you could start.

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This reminds me of a rather long track from a Beatles album.

Sell it on eBay as a Beatles Commemorative Special Edition. Buy another one and a bunch of lenses with the proceeds.
Yes it was the long version of Revolution where at the end they keep repeating "Number 9".
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Old 04-04-2013   #19
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Erase a part of the 9 and there you have a Leica S.
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I say just let it age naturally. Maybe the original owner taped over the M9 and the M started to come off when the tape was pulled off?
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I think it looks very cool the way it is. Scott from the NY Meet-Up had all the paint for both the M and 9 wear off, and it became a stealth camera. Eventually Scott had the camera overhauled by Leica and made into a M9P. BTW Scott's M9 was a very-very early one.

I used a red wax art crayon to replace my missing black paint on a Wetzlar M6.

Anyways your camera looks cool and presents itself as being creative. I'd keep it as it is.

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I agree with wiping out the 9 and filling both in in red.

red vulcanite optional.
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Ditto!

LOL, and that almost as long a track of the "white" double album as this thread is!

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Lost my M...
Not where I thought this thread would be going, fortunately!
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Akiva, I wish I had this problem....

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Akiva, I wish I had this problem....

cheers, michael

lets meet up next time I am in Parkland
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That's why I always carry a roll of black tape in my bag.
You can fix almost anything.
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Ouch!! Expensive.
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Old 04-04-2013   #29
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sounds like a retaliation to Leica that lost the "10"
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There are people who actually remove the white paint from there. Just go the whole nine and erase the nine.
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If you can find a clean clear photo in the manual, or wherever of the "M9" logo style, you could get a sign company to make either a set of white vinyl adhesive letters, or alternately a custom stencil that you could apply to the body so you can re-paint the missing letter.
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Lot of comedians at RFF. Maybe a joke sub forum......just kidding.
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I'd go all black. I will be removing the red dot on my M-E and replacing with a black dot. Go black!
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I had a 19 for a while.



When the camera went in to Leica for a flash sync problem they repainted the M and gave me the new, way nicer vulcanite.
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I'd go all black. I will be removing the red dot on my M-E and replacing with a black dot. Go black!
where to get a black dot?
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check with DAG for the black dot, he carries what I belive is a aftermarket black dot, as I recall Leica is very tight with the black dots only supplying them to replace a damaged original which only came on a black paint LHSA model. They don't want you defacing one of there cameras by changing the red dot on a camera that was designed that way. I am not sure if they would sell any more cameras but they should provide the option as many people are not so fond of the red dot and if you are spending that kind of money you should be able to get what you want.
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I vote leave it.
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Oh and BTW from a strictly analog point of view I think it looks cool with just the 9
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At this point I have decided to leave it as is for 2 reasons:
1. Too lazy
2. Sadly I had hoped someone would prove to me that making a change would make me a better photographer, that not being the case, why bother?
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Shoot, I was about to suggest painting only the diagonals of the M.

Then you have a V9 to perplex everyone.
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