My M7 when in AUTO flashes the "ASA" in the viewfinder from time to time. When I press a little on the back door the "ASA" disappears and I get a correct shutter speed. Any ideas on how to fix short of sending to Leica?
> When the M7 is turned on, if the DX setting is chosen, the ASA is supposed to flash for a couple of seconds. If you set the ASA manually, this will not happen. Also, it should only happen if the camera is just turned ON, or unlocked. Is yours doing the ASA flashing at other times?
By the way, I have found that if I depress the shutter release while the ASA is flashing, the display changes to the shutter speed. I think this is a film speed reminder feature... I have only recently started using the DX setting - at first I hated it, but now I kind of like it!
p.s. sorry about the last one, I hate when I do that!
>My M7 when in AUTO flashes the "ASA" in the viewfinder from time to >time. When I press a little on the back door the "ASA" disappears and >I get a correct shutter speed. Any ideas on how to fix short of >sending to Leica?
Sounds like your back contacts are dirty. Open the back lid and look at the contacts (the line of 3 or 4 gold pin/dots). Clean them with a clean cloth and see if that works. If it doesn't, gently use a pencil eraser. Or go to radio shack and get some electronic contact cleaner.
Kevin: I can be of little help but my M7 does the same. Even more , on DX with the exosure compensation dial on 0 the red warning dot flashed. It went off if I put the dial between 0 and +1/3 of compensation. I had this fixed by a good repair shop but the ASA still flashes from time to time. If you find a solution please tell us. Mariano
Walter Griffen said:
I bought a black m7 in December 2002 the top of the camera is showing brass is there anything that can be done? I have a 3 year warranty can this be fixed? <<<<<
Why? Why get it fixed, do you not know there are guys who own Leica's that rub the camera down to have brass showing as a mark of a real shooter?
I suppose if you really want it back to all black assuming it's black.They would change the body as that's the only way it could be fixed.
A little brass is no big deal as all that means is you are a good user of the camera. Rather than someone who plays with it and fondles itlike some piece of gold bauble.And it doesn't effect the working operation either. So why bother?
They might be able to change just the top plate, I don't see why not.
Is this wear from a lot of use, or is the black chrome just really thin? I had a black chrome M6 that I used a lot and it never wore - it was not brass under the black though, I think it was zinc or some such silvery metal.
Of course it won't change how the camera works, but if you want it to look nice and new, I'd press Leica into fixing it - tell them you were going to buy a new Hermes Edition but now you are not sure because the cosmetics wear so fast ;-)
My M7 used for almost the same period has not had any problem,
perhaps there is something you do consistently that caused this to happen?
Normally you should have had early warning with the matt going shiny first,
so it may be a faultly coating.
The moral of this story, is folks, that if you want a camera that has a finish that wears well with repeated use silver chrome is the choice.
The black ones do look rather nice when new but the fine finish will wear over time and with heavy use. My black M5 had some zinc showing through the finish, which is typical of these cameras and I guess black M6s too. I had to have the top plate replaced back in 1991 so the M5 looks mint now. The problem is it looks so good with new top plate I tend not the use it, which is a great shame. At least brass has a much more pleasant patina than zinc.