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    Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    Hi,

    With much excitement, I just received a 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE from a reputable member here. However, I noticed a problem while testing the focus at near distance.

    It seems the lens disengages the focus patch control arm between 0.8 and 0.7 meters. It focuses spot on from any distance beyond 0.8 meter. I obviously don't think this is normal, and I don't doubt the best intentions of the seller. Just to double check it wasn't my camera, my 50'Lux works just perfect at all distances. My question is.. is this something fixable? Has anyone had similar experiences?

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    Re: Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    just a note here... this lens is brand new, and exactly as received from Leica, never used, handled, or even mounted on a camera. I expect that what you are seeing is perfectly normal.... -Josef
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    Re: Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    It seems the focus arm gets caught and wouldn't extend out any further even as the helicoid lowers as it focus closer. Comparing to my 50'Lux, it seems the 35'Lux has an extra thick layer between the rotating helicoid and the mounting flange, so I wonder if that's the problem.

    Could someone post a picture of your 35'Lux FLE's helicoid? Anyone in SoCal who wouldn't mind to meet up to test the lens so I can be sure it's a problem with the lens and not my M9, or vice versa?

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    Re: Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    Out of curiosity, I checked my 35mm Lux FLE on my M9. I set the lens at 0.7M and moved the camera (or myself) towards the object until it is in focus. I then verified this point by moving the camera slightly backwards or moving the focusing tab slightly towards 0.8M. I can see clearly that the object goes immediately out of focus in the focus patch.
    At 0.7M focusing distance, the lowest point of the focus cam is slightly above the copper color flange on my example. I believed the picture you shown above is not taken at the 0.7M setting so I cannot make a direct comparison. Here is how mine looks like.

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    Re: Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    The lens is suppost to be coupled at all focusing distances. I suggest the lens be sent back to Leica.
    The 50 lux and 35 lux both engage the roller in the camera body in the same way, so if your 50 lux is fine the 35 lux needs to be serviced.

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    Re: Problem with 35mm Summilux FLE...

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. I went into the Leica store in LA today and verified that the lens worked as expected with the cameras they had on display. So it seems that my camera is slightly out of tolerance. Thanks to Josef for tolerating me through this.

    Off topic, I got a chance to play with the new M(240)... Man, am I tempted... it's going to be an itch hard to ignore.
    David Young
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