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    Leicameter ...

    I acquired a Leicameter MR-4 for my M4-2. Took it for the first walk today.


    It is such a pleasure to use! I almost prefer using it over the in-viewfinder metering of the M6 and M9. I like being able to look down at the top of the camera and seeing the meter reading, all the settings, etc, in one glance.

    The whole camera is a pleasure to use. Just the right size, just the right viewfinder, not overly heavy yet substantial enough to feel good in the hand.


    Good things...

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    Great looking rig.

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    That meter is so cool it would be tempting to buy a Leica just to have something to mount it on

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    That meter is so cool it would be tempting to buy a Leica just to have something to mount it on
    I like that! :-)

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    What do you use for batteries? I tried the Wein cells in mine but they seem to die pretty quickly.

    -Thomas

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    Quote Originally Posted by trisberg View Post
    What do you use for batteries? I tried the Wein cells in mine but they seem to die pretty quickly.
    None of the Wein cell or alkaline cell adaptations have been very consistent in my experience.

    I have a small stock remaining of fresh, original PX625 Mercury cells.. About six left out of a dozen or so I bought in 1994. They last almost forever when refrigerated, these have been refrigerated since I got them. Put one in, works perfectly.

    One alternative is to use one of the CRIS MR-9 battery adapters with voltage regulation. These take a silver oxide cell, step down the voltage to 1.35V, and provide the form factor adaptation. They work well.

    The other alternative is to send the meter to a specialist who can recalibrate it for modern, available lithium or silver cells. Quality Light Metric in SoCal ((323) 467-2265) is one such shop. Don't know what they charge, or whether they can handle the Leicameter (can't imagine why not, really), but it's worth a phone call.

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    Re: Leicameter ...

    Thanks for the info Godfrey. I think I'll try the CRIS MR-9 battery adapter. Seems like a good first step. I don't have a stash of the Mercury cells.

    -Thomas

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