Leica M frame spacing.

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  1. MMfoto

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    I'm just curious whether or not a Leica M could be adjusted to give greater than normal spacing between individual frames, and if so, to what extent?
     
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    No idea, but also curious, why should you want to? It would just cut down the number of frames per film.

    David.
     
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    I would think doing so would require major modifications to the gearing. The easy solution would be to shoot blank frames with the lens cap on between the "real" shots.
     
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    The poster may tell us his reason but I for one can think of a reason. I find the spacing to be so small that getting the guillotine to cut exactly half way between frames when cutting into strips of 4 or 6 is difficult. Often I have too much blank on the end of one strip and none at all at the start of the next. This despite having a combined guillotine/ light box which is specifically for 35mm film cutting.

    I can always get 25 frames out of a 24 frame film and would gladly sacrifice the 25th or even 24th frame, come to that, for slightly bigger spacing.

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  5. MMfoto

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    1) I end up chopping up my film rolls quite a bit and it would be a lot easier to handle single frames with a tad bit more margin.

    2) Night shooting: I sometimes have highlights that bleed through the film base disturbingly close to adjacent images.

    3) And no laughing please: I'm am very, very interested in 35mm DBI and would like to be able to cut a frame out of a roll in low light. Shooting a blank between lighting situations is probably the ticket though.
     
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    ...despite having a combined guillotine/ light box which is specifically for 35mm film cutting...

    ...ooooh! Where do I find one of those?
     
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    I am pretty certain these are still made new but the sources I am thinking of are in U.K. A company in the U.K. called SpeedGraphic( No connection with Speed Graphic cameras) advertise them for sale

    Kaiser make them. Not cheap if new. E-bay or secondhand suppliers are both possible sources

    Pentaxuser
     
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    The Leica (and I believe most cameras) are designed so that if you cut between the sproket holes you will never cut picture area. I hand cut over a light box (the backlight is helpful. I start the sissors in the correct spot between sprocket holes and make a slight cut in the right place; I then line up the blade with other side of the negative, and make the cut. Even freehand, I've never had a problem.