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New LS Group: Film Leica

Since many people appear to prefer Leica rangefinders for their film work, I set this group up as somewhere we can help each other out. In many ways the concerns of a film user are different from those of a digital user, and those of a Leica user are even more specific.

Need a good Leica technician in Bucharest? Or good film stock in Colombia? How do you fix a jammed M6 with a Swiss Army knife? Someone might know.

The group is intended for people who use their camera as a tool, not for collectors. And we want to hear about your projects.

Membership is open to anyone. Join by going to the group page, or just post here and I’ll add you manually.

You can jump straight to the Film Leica group here

by Paul Hardy Carter at 2007-07-20 08:39:16 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Monte Pego , Spain | Bookmark | | Report spam→

How to fix an M? There is a scary sequence in Reiner Holzheimer’s film about Magnum where Larry Towell is banging his M for one reason or another (probably by taking pictures!) is jammed on the dashboard of his car. The sequence does not show if the car survived…

by [former member] | 20 Jul 2007 09:07 | Phnom Penh, centre of the Univ, Cambodia | | Report spam→
there could definately be a post dedicated to on the road leica repairs. I still remember the look on this guys face when I walked into a bicycle repair store in this small rural coastal town here in Japan and asked him for a file then proceeded to pull apart my M6 and file off the base of the rewind spool. So often I had problems with the rewind on the M4 – M6’s, a small bump to the spool and it wouldn’t turn causing the camera to jam.

by [former member] | 20 Jul 2007 10:07 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
John and Nathan, I’ve added you both to the group. P.

You can jump straight to the Film Leica group here

by Paul Hardy Carter | 20 Jul 2007 10:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Count me in. (I was just joking about the 50mm being a telephoto).

Wish I was collector at times. Years ago a LIFE photographer told me having Leicas was like having a savings account.

by Paul Rigas | 20 Jul 2007 13:07 | Grass Pants, Oregon, United States | | Report spam→
It’s okay Paul – if I’d thought you weren’t joking I’d have made one of those little clay models, muttered certain incantations, and your camera would never wind film again!

You’re added to the group. P.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 20 Jul 2007 13:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Count me in.

by _ | 20 Jul 2007 20:07 | North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
Me too.

by Liam Maloney | 20 Jul 2007 21:07 | Montreal, Quebec, Canada | | Report spam→
me too, please.

by candace feit | 20 Jul 2007 22:07 | dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
me too.

by Cameron Davidson | 20 Jul 2007 22:07 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
sign me up too, please…

by Roberto (Bear) Guerra | 20 Jul 2007 23:07 | La Paz, Bolivia | | Report spam→
I’m down….

by [former member] | 20 Jul 2007 23:07 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
You’re all signed up guys. Now go over to the group and start talking!

You can jump straight to the Film Leica group here

by Paul Hardy Carter | 21 Jul 2007 07:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Has anyone tried posting on the group? I managed to post yesterday but now I just get the “only for members” message, even though I’m logged in. But I can reply to the post I made yesterday. Wierd. P.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 21 Jul 2007 10:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Ahem, yes please!

by Daniel Cuthbert | 21 Jul 2007 11:07 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
Count me in too. Love my little Leicas.

by Bill Putnam | 21 Jul 2007 14:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
This sounds great Paul. Please add me in as well. John: I remember seeing that sequence of Towell banging his Leica M6 and thinking how careful I am with mine. The rangefinder can so easily get out of alignment just with normal use let alone intentionally banging it on your dashboard. This actually has been my major problem with them always. . . I’ve had to send them back for realignment many times. However, it always seems that a certain body will need adjustment more than others. Just got my xpan back after its range finder finally went out of alignment for the first time in the 6 years I have owned it.

by Davin Ellicson | 21 Jul 2007 17:07 | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
Ooh! Ooh! Sign me up, too! I’m also a Leica-dork!




by Harry Lime | 21 Jul 2007 20:07 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Count me in as well.
Thanks for setting up this group!

by Aaron M. Cohen | 22 Jul 2007 00:07 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
count me in.

by Nick Perzik | 22 Jul 2007 00:07 | los angeles, ca., United States | | Report spam→
count me in too.

by Simon Larbalestier | 22 Jul 2007 03:07 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
This Film Leica thing has really taken off. We’ve got 42 members now, which makes us the largest group on LS – after “Cleared”. I had no idea there were so many like minded people out there! Clearly there are a lot of people who carry a film Leica along with their digital stuff.

Now, can anyone help my with my M7 question on the group page?

You can jump straight to the Film Leica group here

by Paul Hardy Carter | 22 Jul 2007 08:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Awesome.. great idea, count me in.

Awesome.. great idea, count me in.yee ha!

by Joel Aron | 22 Jul 2007 09:07 | San Francisco, California, United States | | Report spam→
I’d like in also. Sadly my “M” sits too much as I have been sucked into the whole digital thing. I have TX in the house, a new brick of APX 100 (love it in Rodinal) and a perfectly good scanner so what is my problem. I need to shoot with the silly thing.

I’d love to see that video of Towell banging his camera. Where would i find that?


by Neil Swanson | 22 Jul 2007 13:07 | Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
Put me on the list…Please see the thread I started regarding the “M”.

by [former member] | 22 Jul 2007 15:07 | | Report spam→
I’m in. Thanks.

by Bryan Shih | 22 Jul 2007 16:07 | Berkeley, United States | | Report spam→
Count me in as well.


by Roberto Louzan | 22 Jul 2007 16:07 | Galicia, Spain | | Report spam→
Good idea…count me in.

by Matt Gainer | 22 Jul 2007 16:07 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I’m supposed to get my Leica in about 2 weeks… Can I be counted in? :-)

by [former member] | 22 Jul 2007 20:07 | Honolulu, United States | | Report spam→
Diana, you have to prove with a self, “me and my leica in the mirror” ;))

by [former member] | 22 Jul 2007 21:07 | Ibiza, Spain | | Report spam→
Add me in as well please :-)

by Adrian Morgan | 23 Jul 2007 00:07 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
sign me up.

by A. Mayer | 23 Jul 2007 01:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
so this is what I got when I tried to join:
“Your application has been filed and will be reviewed by a group manager.”

by Pablo Delano | 23 Jul 2007 02:07 | Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
Everyone who has posted on this thread is now in the group.

Pablo: The way LS works means all applications to join a group have to be approved by the group manager. That’s me. Obviously, if you just leave an appropriate sum, in cash, in a plain envelope, in the usual place, there won’t be any problems with your application.

We’re now up to 66 members! Perhaps everyone on Lightstalkers has a film Leica?! P.

You can jump straight to the Film Leica group here

by Paul Hardy Carter | 23 Jul 2007 15:07 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Please sign me us as well, thanks!

by Jay Westcott | 23 Jul 2007 18:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
please sign me up

by Morgan Ommer | 23 Jul 2007 19:07 | Hong Kong, China | | Report spam→
I’d like to join as well please.

by Justin Partyka | 23 Jul 2007 19:07 | Norfolk, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hey Paul, nice to see you got the errrr….tribute….

by Pablo Delano | 23 Jul 2007 23:07 | Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
I’m planning to sell my M6 TTL with 35/1.7 Ultron. Gonna put it on Ebay next week, but just in case anybody here is interested, I can be contacted via email.



by Mikko Takkunen | 17 Aug 2007 12:08 | Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I`m not sure being already signed up or not…But i would like to be!

by Andreas Kuehlken | 17 Aug 2007 13:08 | Cologne / Guetersloh, Germany | | Report spam→
Hi Paul, count me in please. Thanky!

by [former member] | 17 Aug 2007 17:08 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | | Report spam→
Perhaps everyone on LS has a film Leica? Shirley, you jest, good sir! I can’t even afford thinking about buying a Leica! Maybe if I mortgage my house, but otherwise, I’m screwed, dammit.

by Akaky | 17 Aug 2007 17:08 (ed. Aug 17 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→

by A H Henry | 17 Aug 2007 18:08 | S E Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
Alright, let’s start a collection to buy Akaky a bloody Leica. He’s only got a proper job that gives him real cash money regularly, every month, and health insurance, and a pension plan. But that’s not enough. He wants a Leica!

So what do you say we each donate the proceeds of our next picture sale to the Akaky Leica Fund? We’d probably have enough to buy him an M7 and a lens in a few years…

I must go back now to the shoe-box where I live, in the middle of the road. With my Leica. PHC.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 18 Aug 2007 07:08 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Akaky if you get a Voigtlander we’ll make an exception and let you stay in the group if you throw us homeless folks a party at the house that your bank lets you stay in :)

by Peter Klesken | 18 Aug 2007 15:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
me me me me

by vera mulyani | 18 Aug 2007 18:08 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
leica M3 and M2 can go for as little as $500-700 these days. and it will last another 50 years. best investment in photography you can make. there are probably more of them still in use than any other camera from that era.

by [former member] | 18 Aug 2007 19:08 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Let’s see, if I dont pay for oil this year and I skip paying the school taxes, then I might be able to get me a Leica. I will, however, freeze my backside off whilst the school district throws me out of my house. Hmmmmmmmmm, decisions, decisons………..

by Akaky | 18 Aug 2007 22:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Paul, why living in a shoebox in the middle of the road is not a good idea…

…but after you get splattered, can I have your Leica? ;-)

by Akaky | 19 Aug 2007 18:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yes, please!

by Yiorgos Nikiteas | 19 Aug 2007 22:08 | Brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Welcome Yiorgos, yur in. PHC.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 21 Aug 2007 08:08 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
hi paul, you can add me to the group as well. hardly not online this time but will come back here soon. – traveling in east europe for personal interest is my latest.
and love my M.

by [former member] | 22 Aug 2007 13:08 | Aarhus, Denmark | | Report spam→
Would love to be added to group. Shooting with M6 for years, trying out the M8 lately.

by Michael Limbert | 22 Aug 2007 13:08 | Detroit, United States | | Report spam→
please add me and my M7 as well, cheers.

by Guy Walder | 22 Aug 2007 16:08 | Bayern, Germany | | Report spam→
i’m a leica user!!! R5 and 28mm or 35mm summicrom are my tools. add me at the group please. cherrs

by Alessandro Vincenzi | 22 Aug 2007 16:08 | Madrid, Spain | | Report spam→

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Aaron M. Cohen, Photographer Aaron M. Cohen
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Nick Perzik, photographer, lab monkey Nick Perzik
photographer, lab monkey
Los Angeles, Ca. , United States
Simon Larbalestier, Photographer Simon Larbalestier
Bangkok , Thailand ( BKK )
Joel Aron, VFX Artist / Photographer Joel Aron
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Neil Swanson, Neil Swanson
Connecticut , United States
Bryan Shih, Photographer Bryan Shih
Berkeley , United States ( SFO )
Roberto Louzan, Photographer Roberto Louzan
Galicia , Spain ( SCQ )
Matt Gainer, photographer Matt Gainer
Los Angeles , United States
Adrian Morgan, Adrian Morgan
Melbourne , Australia
A. Mayer, Photographer A. Mayer
New York City , United States
Pablo Delano, photographer Pablo Delano
Hartford , United States
Jay Westcott, Photographer Jay Westcott
Washington, Dc , United States ( DCA )
Morgan Ommer, Photographer Morgan Ommer
Hong Kong , Hong Kong
Justin Partyka, Photographer Justin Partyka
Norfolk , United Kingdom
Mikko Takkunen, Photo editor Mikko Takkunen
Photo editor
New York , United States
Andreas Kuehlken, Photographer Andreas Kuehlken
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Cologne , Germany ( CGN )
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Contemptible lout
New York , United States ( AAA )
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S E Michigan , United States
Peter Klesken, Peter Klesken
Paris , France ( CDG )
vera mulyani, director film making vera mulyani
director film making
Los Angeles , United States
Yiorgos Nikiteas, Photographer/Tutor Yiorgos Nikiteas
Brighton , United Kingdom
Michael Limbert, Photographer, CD Michael Limbert
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Madrid , Spain


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