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    Lecia Says MP Meter NG in Cold Weather

    I just got off the phone with Leica Techhical Services in NJ. They are telling me that the MP meter does not work at -3 degrees C because the battery gets too cold. Unbelievable!

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    So don't meter. Sunny 16 and away you go. At least your shutter still works.

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    I hardly see how this is Leica's fault. It's a well known fact that the output of all batteries, regardless of type, drops at low temperatures. Some batteries are better than others, but it still happens.

    I wonder if there is anything like Mamiya's "External Battery Case" for the Leica...

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    Thats interesting,

    I am using my M6 with silver oxide batteries way bellow that, we had many days between -20 and -30 in canada in the last weeks, never had a problem with the meter. This being said they might not use the same design for the meter. Maybe you should try different batteries?

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    The more correct phrasing would be that Leica said the batteries are not good in the cold. This is a well known problem.
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    I suggest that you get your information from someone at Leica that knows what they are talking about.
    Leica M6's, M7's and MP's routinely work well below -3C which is about 26F.-Dick

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    Could somebody say what kind of batteries we're talking about? I can imagine some workarounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristopher_lawrence View Post
    ......I am using my M6 with silver oxide batteries way bellow that, we had many days between -20 and -30 in canada in the last weeks, never had a problem with the meter......
    I've never had a problem either, with both the M6 and MP. But I generally keep the camera under my coat, and don't let it cold soak. I remember Nikon had an adapter for the F3 for cold weather operations, which placed the battery in a separate case (connected to the camera with a cord), so the battery could be kept warm inside your coat. No battery will continue to work properly when cold soaked to -30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by resummerfield View Post
    I've never had a problem either, with both the M6 and MP. But I generally keep the camera under my coat...
    Ditto. And Chicago has cold, cold winters.

    -Laura

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    Thionyl chloride batteries can operate much lower than -30 dunno if the defense dept. will sell you any though!
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