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    SMOKING LEICA (GUN)

    Try BALISTOL, this eucalyptus based oil invented in 1904 for the German army is terrific for virtually everything. It works very well for preserving and cleaning the Leica's vulcanite.
    I use it for the upkeep of my camera's (Leica M5, Linhof & Hasselblad), the dashboard of my Volvo, the chain of my bicycle, the little wounds on my hands, the leather of my camera case and shoes and, last but not least, to protect me against the sun and cold hands.
    See www.balistol.co.uk (I do not know the U.S. address).
    It is good for gear, man and animal.
    Trust it!
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    and less filling!

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    Hey Frank,
    Well, I'm actually waiting on a FED 5V which is on its way from the Ukraine...I can't afford a Leica!!!
    Anyhoo, one of the common 'problems' with these FSU cameras and their never-ready cases is that they smell like dead animals...One recommendation is to first clean the leather with saddlesoap and then to place the camera or the case in a ziplock with balled up newspaper. Change the newspaper once a day for a couple of weeks. Apparently this works.

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    Max Power, he's the man who's name you'd love to touch! But you mustn't touch! His name sounds good in your ear, but when you say it, you mustn't fear! 'Cause his name can be said by anyone!

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    That's from the urine they use to tan the leather. I think the Keiv factory recycles everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leicam5
    Try BALISTOL, this eucalyptus based oil invented in 1904 for the German army is terrific for virtually everything. It works very well for preserving and cleaning the Leica's vulcanite.
    I use it for the upkeep of my camera's (Leica M5, Linhof & Hasselblad), the dashboard of my Volvo, the chain of my bicycle, the little wounds on my hands, the leather of my camera case and shoes and, last but not least, to protect me against the sun and cold hands.
    See www.balistol.co.uk (I do not know the U.S. address).
    It is good for gear, man and animal.
    Trust it!
    Philippe
    http://www.ballistol.co.uk/ (two "L"s...)

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    Thank you Bob F., but I am so used to write with light that, by moments, I forget the (English) words...
    Philippe (Flanders Fields)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio
    That's from the urine they use to tan the leather. I think the Keiv factory recycles everything.
    Ha! That's what I'd heard; I'll let you know how bad it is in about 2 weeks

    That said, I figured that if newspaper could take the urine smell out of a FED case, why wouldn't it work for a smoky Leica

    Kent
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    I picked up a used SR-7 that smelled strongly of smoke also. I had it CLA'd but the odor was still there. But after a couple of weeks of sitting out on a shelf in the house and a couple of trips outside the smell has gone.

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    Try putting in a closed box also containing an open box of baking powder "Arm and Hammer" stuff.

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