Leica R3

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Mark Layne, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Mark Layne

    Mark Layne Member

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    Anybody had a problem with a Leica R3/Minolta XE-7 which has erratic shutter speeds when set on 'automatic'?
    Mark
     
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    What does "erratic" mean? Wrong speeds giving bad exposure or the shutter not running properly and giving uneven exposure? I have 3 examples of R3, they were virtually identical insofar as they had been amateur owned and looked after well, were cosmetically in mint condition, had not been used for a long time and needed servicing to deal with the same 2 problems, firstly perished door seals, and secondly a dirty (oxidized) commutator ring that transferred aperture values and resulted in the meter giving around 2 stops over-exposure. At no time did I have a shutter sticking or running unevenly, although I am sure this is possible. If your camera is like mine, all the problems are caused by lack of use rather than wear or component failure, which means that a CLA will cure them all!
     
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    Especially the early "R"s were prone to electronic problems...

    While most of the "dodgy" one have long been fixed by now, it is (was) the typical problem for these cameras.
     
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    Hi,
    I've had two R3's. They always used to work perfectly.
    Then I switched to a R8. After a few years in the closet both R3's had developed this problem.

    Cheers,

    Michiel Fokkema
     
  5. Uncle Bill

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    I Have a XE-7, no troubles, yet.
     
  6. Mark Layne

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    Yes I think the closet has been part of the problem, but it has not been stored anywhere damp. I don't suppose exercising she thing is going to help any.
    I really like good old chrome and brass cameras
     
  7. Mark Layne

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    I must check my XE-7 again. I seem to remember querying something on that shutter too