Leica 35 Summicron V2 Problem ?

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  1. Dan95

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    Hi. As you can see per the attached image, there's something a tad peculiar with my Leica 35 Summicron v2. The dot, in which we align with the aperture ring, is on the side ?!? It should be on the top ?
     

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    In v3 it's in the center, maybe it's offset to allow you to see aperture setting via viewfinder?
     
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    Should be centred , every lens I have or had was. Is it working fine otherwise ? Possibly a cla gone bad...
     
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    The aperture opens according to the number, so its functional..

    I know for sure it was CLAed.. Pretty thorough CLA if you ask me, as the barrel has been repainted, and the numbers have been filled in.
     
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    I don't have that version here at the moment, but with many of these the optical assembly (complete with aperture) drops into the focusing mount and is held by a retaining ring. That is the way my earlier 8 element is.

    Sometimes you can just rotate the whole unit into position by grabbing the front and turning, but don't force. This direction will tend to tighten the threads in doing that, so I think you are likely to need a spanner to loosen the retaining ring. If it is as I've described (just covering my butt), then it is a very simple adjustment for any repair person.

    PLEASE DO NOTE: Not all Leica lenses are the same (though most lenses of this vintage and older do thread together in some way). In later lenses the optical unit is GLUED IN. You don't want to be twisting those!

    Added thoughts - It won't hurt anything at all to leave it as is. Someone that uses a tripod may even prefer it that way. This has no impact of focus adjustment since the optical unit is not changing distance, just rotating on its base.
     
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    The red dot is used as a guide for mounting the lens. Remove the lens and there should be another red dot on the lens mount.
     
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    The red Dot to align the bayonet is on the wrong side. The numbers are reversed also...(maybe the picture is reversed :smile: )
     
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    I used to have one of those and that is how it is supposed to be. I believe Leica made this one so that the apertures can be viewed through the viewfinder. It probably didn't go over so well because this is the only Leica lens that is made this way.
     
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    Nah, dem 'nglish camera do the right-left reversal so the cars look like they are on the right side of the road. :whistling:
     
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    Our cars are on the correct side (that is the left side of the road) in Australia! A lot of early cars had the steering wheel on the right I believe. Just to start a fun flame war.:laugh:
     
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    Well, I certainly f**ked that up didn't I?
    I was supposed to be looking at the white dot on the front.

    Sorry.