Leica is high quality equipment and it seldom breaks down. Because of that it often doesn’t get the care it deserves. One frequently encounters the following problems due to lack of maintenance:
Dirty/hazy finders, ‘dry’ running shutters, inaccurate shutter speeds, etc.
Fungal affection (haze)/bad running adjustment rings. Of course badly affected lens parts can’t be (or can’t be profitable) repaired. Nevertheless, it’s worthwhile to ask us for our expert opinion!
Maintenance / CLA
It goes without saying that, when selling, the term CLA (Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted) will enhance the value of your equipment. In short, maintenance is profitable!
A standard CLA includes:
Removing dirt and old lubricants, lubricating all moving parts with the proper lubricants, a light shield check, cleaning the finder, checking general working order (speeds, shutter-curtains, self timer, flash, etc.).
In cases of malfunctions (faulty shutter, malfunctioning shutter curtain, ‘black’ finder, etc.) equipment is almost always repairable and afterwards 100% technically working correct. It is generally no problem to repair finders, light meters, Visoflex housings, camera lining, etc.
We can 6-BIT code your (older) M-lenses (Leiz, Zeiss, Voigtländer) for the use on the digital Leica M. We can also modify lenses to bring up the right frame lines. We do not supply and fit a new bayonet; we mill the six needed slots in your existing bayonet and paint them (black/white) according the Leica coding list. If a lens is not on the Leica list (f.e. older Leica lenses, Zeiss, Voigtländer lenses), we code according to the Leica users forum list. Send us an e-mail for more information or give us a call.
We often come across Leica equipment in a bad cosmetic state. In general, we can do a lot about that. We do:
- Panel work
- Paint renewal or touch ups of lettering
- Replacing red dots on lenses
- Replace film speed indicator tags
- Extensive exterior clean ups
M6 Anti-flare solution
In order to solve ‘flare’ problems in the range finder, we can modify the existing finder of your M6.
It is evident that this modification can be done most efficiently while the body is being CLA’d (as it is then dismounted).
Do not keep your body or lenses in leather casings for long periods. Leather (dead animal) will cause fungal affection. Mild affections can be removed, but in the end, the fungus will eat its way into the glass of lens parts or into the finder glass. Of course leather casings are fine to transport or use your equipment on location.
At first sight, one can hardly see fungal affection in lenses. A blue, mono-chromatic light (e.g. in lighters with built-in light - generally for sale) will clearly show whether your lens is affected or not.
If you are considering to buy Leica equipment, it is wise to ask if it has been CLA’d and, if so, when. It is most likely that, when the equipment hasn’t been CLA’d or hasn’t been used for a long time, it will need a CLA. Most of the time the moving parts will not run properly because of old and dry (animal) lubricants (nowadays we use modern synthetic ones).