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Leica M5 VF/RF to M1?
Old 08-15-2019   #1
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Thumbs up Leica M5 VF/RF to M1?

Hello. I happen to have a beyond repair M5 body, with a very nice VF/RF assembly, and also a nice battered but working M1.
As I am about to perform a complete CLA on the M1, and as its use is somewhat limited by the lack of RF, I thought of transplanting the M5's to the M1 body.
Does anyone know if they are compatible?
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Old 08-17-2019   #2
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It’s not, unless you are willing to redesign the housing to mate the two. At which point you won’t have a M1 anymore.
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Hi Techball. By “housing” are you referring to the Camera top plate? As a matter of fact, I will be using the M1 top plate, which is identical to the M2’s, without the small metal plate that bears the “M1” logo.
The VF/RF assemblies between the M5 and the M2 are the same. I will post pictures of the process as soon as it advances.
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