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Subject: [Leica] IIIf focus question - Help
From: tedgrant at (Ted Grant)
Date: Mon Dec 5 15:16:41 2005
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Daniel Ridings  offered"
Subject: Re: [Leica] IIIf focus question - Help

> Not that I really know ...
> > With the camera facing you, identify the left round window of the 
> > rangefinder.
> > Cut out a piece of colored plastic and cover that window.
> > See if it helps. It might create a little more contrast that you need
> to see the two images.<<<

Mark ( who has no trouble focusing his M7 )

Hi Mark,
As Daniel has offered about cutting a small piece of plastic to fit the 
rangefinder window. I have the Leica manufactured very small attachment on 
the round window and it's orange. And works extremely well.

So if at all possible I'd look for a piece of gel plastic used for hot 
lights or a filter of similar colour about a filter "G" colour. You might 
even be able to find a photo store that still carries plastic gel filters 
and you could cut it very easily to fit.

But without question it works beautifully for focusing.


Ted Grant Photography Limited
1817 Feltham Road
Victoria BC  V8N 2A4
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "> Daniel
> On 12/5/05, Mark <> wrote:
>> Leica IIIf very hard to focus
>> I just acquired a Leica IIIf that seems to be in very good condition,
>> BUT, when I try to focus it is very hard to see the second image
>> so that I can bring the two into alinement.
>> I have an M7 and have no trouble focusing on the same object.
>> As an experiment I went into a semi-dark room and focused on
>> the band of light around a window shade, because it was so
>> bright compared to the background I had no trouble seeing
>> the second image and bringing it into focus.
>> I measured from camera to window shade and the camera
>> seems to be focusing correctly, it's just I cant see to focus.
>> Are all IIIf's like this ?
>> Do I need a CLA ?
>> Or is it something else ?
>> Thanks in advance
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