Rangefinder adjust in the Vitessa T

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    I did a bit of googling but only found some pictures showing the rf adjust for the Vitessa N. Is this applicable to the Vitessa T or is there another way?
     
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    What did you find -- access points underneath the accessory shoe? My guess is that it's the same for the T. In any event, you can remove the shoe easily enough to see what's there.
     
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    I would be very interested to get links showing an effective procedure to adjust the rangefinder of my Vitessa L.. This camera is a real jewel and I would not like to butcher it!
     
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    I've heard that rf adjustment is a horror show, involving removal of the top cover, trying something, reinstalling the top cover to see if you've made things better or worse, then repeat.... Presumably the assembly line had a jig to accomplish the adjustment. Have you gotten any estimates for the work? The Vitessa L is indeed a jewel.
     
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    No access below the shoe. The site I saw had the top removed. The T does however have a plate that is surrounded by the plunger and ends under the shoe. I have not attempted to lift it though..
     
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    I removed the shoe so I could remove the plate as seen in the image. The hole on the left has a square nut. Can anybody confirm whether or not this is the rangefinder horizontal adjustment? It does move when racking the focus back and forth.. There is no adjustment screw/etc in the right side hole but the part visible also moves..

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    Quite by accident I ran across this http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/vitessarf.html It might be helpful, although the site confirms my earlier impression of the adjustment as a horror show. Please share your impressions of working on the L after the tranquilizers kick in.:smile: