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    Quote Originally Posted by arigram View Post
    Leicas in the rain?
    ... suddenly a million Leicaphiles screamed in terror and a few had heart attacks.
    But not enough to make a significant pricedrop?
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    My cameras might be waterproof, might not. But I know I'm not!
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    I have a vacuum chamber, I have one friend who has about 7-8 Leica rangefinder cameras.

    He shoots in all kinds of weather, usually when it's raining he's shooting, because he gets more interesting pictures with cityscapes combined with rain.

    There is a downside, the cameras and lenses do absorb water, sometimes to the point where he cannot wind or re-wind the film as it has swollen too much.

    He then brings the camera around to my place where we stick it into the vacuum chamber, turn up the suck, then watch the water turn into steam. Once we could see water vapour emanating from the viewfinder, interesting.

    Within ten minutes the camera is virtually dry, we go into the darkroom where he somehow gets the film out, then we get to look and see how the camera is.

    Well I tell you, the damned things just start working again, although he has replaced a shutter on one camera after several real dunkings.

    Mick.
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    Thats pretty cool about the vacuum chamber.

    Yeah, I think the issue with Leica's (and other mostly mechanical cameras) is not that they will give up the ghost in those environments, but the long term effects to said mechanical system. And they're expensive. haha

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    Leicas come with their own specialized vacuum chamber. It's sucking action is very precisely directed at the money in your wallet and bank account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjgreen View Post
    Leicas come with their own specialized vacuum chamber. It's sucking action is very precisely directed at the money in your wallet and bank account.
    LOL

    I would like to get a Leica IIIc EX from keh.

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    There's a trick a newspaper photographer told me about: Take a translucent plastic grocery bag, cut a hole a little smaller than the lens diameter, then screw on a UV filter or the like to hold the bag to the camera and cut another hole on the opposite side for the viewfinder. A little fiddly, but it works.

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    I believe from a pretty reliable source, don't get Leicas wet. They don't like it and anyway why would you want to risk a £300.00 min service
    "Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept"-H.Cartier-Bresson

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    It depends on the model. The electronics in the later models don't like the rain at all, and don't get better when they've dried out. The mechanical parts are normally fine, just dry out the camera afterwards.

    In my experience snow is worse than rain, the flakes stick to the camera and then melt, getting in everywhere. My M6TTL was unhappy after this little walkabout:


    Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria. January 2004.

    but the mechanical parts were okay. I have a plastic pouch that I use over the camera these days. Makes taking pictures very clumsy, but you can get used to it.

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    I haven't had any problems using my Leicas in the rain, but then I've always been careful not to let them get too wet. As someone mentioned above, the best 35mm camera for wet conditions is a Nikonos and you can get them for very little in excellent used condition. I bought a Nikonos V with 35mm f2.5 lens for £25, including a new set of 'O' rings.

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