Bringing our Leica M3 back to life...

Aleja shooting with our Fuji XT-2 at "our backyard" Torrey Pines Gliderport 

Aleja shooting with our Fuji XT-2 at "our backyard" Torrey Pines Gliderport 

If you read my last post (here) you already know that all the pictures I made at Sequoia National Park came out with a terrible light dot right in the center of the frame, all thanks to a hole in one of the shutter curtains. 

Like I said on my previous post, the logical option would be to send the camera to a professional so he could CLA ("Clean, Lubricate, Adjust") the camera, and in the process replace the damaged the curtain. The only problem with that was that I didn't really have $265 to spend for that right now, and I didn't want to leave the camera buried in my bag until I could finally get it fixed.

And I thought: if it didn't work, I could still send the camera to have the shutter replaced.

So I went for the cheapest option. I drove to Home Depot and got this black electrical tape that cost me $7.    

I applied a first layer over the hole and let it dry for 24 hours. The next day I applied a second layer and again let it rest for a day. Then I loaded it with a Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 film and headed to Torrey Pines Gliderport and La Jolla Shores to give it a try. 


Well, as you can see it...that disgusting light dot is gone!!

Our already beloved Leica M3 is now officially back to life! :) 

Here are some other pictures from this "test roll"...

I absolutely love the colors, the texture and the dynamic range of the pictures, and I can't wait to start shooting more with the camera.

As for the CLA, I will eventually get it done, but not anytime soon, as the camera seems to be working fine now :) 


Bernardo Salce