Leica IIIf shutter's curtain has cracks but works fine - shall I replace it?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Fakir, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. Fakir

    Fakir Guest

    Hello, I have bought a post-war Leica IIIf on eBay. It is in mint
    condition and looks like it has not been used for 40 years but I have
    noticed some small cracks on the very inner part of the shutter
    curtain, which are visible only when the shutter is rewinded. All
    speeds appear to be working fine including the slow ones. It also looks
    as no light is passing through but I cannot be quite sure because the
    back of the camera cannot be removed without disassembling it.
    Is it safe to use the camera in its current condition or I need to send
    it for servicing and shutter curtains replacement? Is there any other
    way to repair cracs on the curtains without replacing them?
    Any input is appreciated!
     
    Fakir, Aug 18, 2005
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  2. Fakir

    Rox-off Guest

    There's only one way to find out for sure, isn't there? Shoot a roll, see
    what happens.
     
    Rox-off, Aug 18, 2005
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  3. Fakir

    That_Rich Guest

    Just replaced the curtains on my IIIf. The curtain replacement,
    cleaning viewfinder and calibration cost $180 US.... now the camera is
    good to go for another 50 years. Did some research on the curtain
    issues (since deleted links... sorry) and found some who use a black
    cement to repair small holes in curtains. Eventually the small holes
    become larger.. at least mine did.

    If any light is passing through you will see it on your prints,
    particularly at slower shutter speeds. The curtain material is old and
    dried out, sooner or later you will likely 'snag' a curtain in this
    condition while loading film... then you will have to replace the
    curtain.

    It's a great camera. If there are no light leaks I'd leave it alone
    for now. Also be sure to use a lens cap when outdoors. This camera can
    easily end up with the curtains burned through from the sun just by
    setting them down for a few minutes in direct sunlight.

    Enjoy your IIIf, it's a great camera.

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Aug 18, 2005
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  4. Fakir

    Fakir Guest

    Thank you for your input. I will run a few rolls to make sure it is not
    leaking light. If it behaves then I shall leave it as it is and spare
    £180 (I am in Europe and here we have $1 = £1 ;o) if not then
    probably will send it to Leica Germany for replacement of the curtain -
    the idea of filling in the cracks with cement or any other substance
    does not appeal to me.
    I wish Leica was not so expensive but as we say "The who has hair
    should have a comb too" ;o)
     
    Fakir, Aug 18, 2005
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  5. Fakir

    Fakir Guest

    Thank you for your advice. I will run a few rolls to make sure it is
    not leaking light. If it behaves then I shall leave it as it is and
    spare £180 (I am in Europe and here we have $1 = £1 ;o) if not then
    probably will send it to Leica Germany for replacement of the curtain -
    the idea of filling in the cracks with cement or any other substance
    does not appeal to me.
    Fakir
     
    Fakir, Aug 18, 2005
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