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Will Leica bring the M6 film camera back to life?

  
 
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p.16 #1 · p.16 #1 · Will Leica bring the M6 film camera back to life?


airfrogusmc wrote:
I was a CPS member for so long I remember when you had t oprove you were a full time pro to be one. And there was no charge. I could drop my Camera or lens that needed repair and pick up loaner equipment and the repair was usually ready in a couple of days.

Leica should think about some kind of program like CPS. Maybe pay like one does now for CPS?

Desmolicious wrote:
I thought they had one for the S series?


I think there was one for the S series, but not sure if it still exists. I think it cost a few grand extra, either when you bought the camera or perhaps it was an annual fee.

FWIW, I have advocated a paid pro service option for Leica for quite some time. As some may know, Leica Germany had an express service option - I'm not sure if they still do - where you paid extra for faster turnaround time. There were two options: two days plus shipping time or one week plus shipping time. I used the two-day service once when I was in Germany to have a lens serviced. It was pricy, but they did it in the promised timeframe (though the lens came back unable to quite reach infinity focus). But if you want warranty service done, I assume it falls under their standard (slow) turnaround times.

As a Canon user, I highly value the CPS service. Half the time now they no longer meet the 3-4 day turnaround, usually if parts are required. Apparently it's supply chain problems. But it's no big deal because they provide a loaner until the repair is done. So from my perspective, I don't care if it takes 4-6 weeks like it does with Leica (but Canon never takes that long) because I have a loaner for that period. Not the case with Leica... Right now I'm sitting on several M lenses that need service. They still work, but the problems are such that they greatly diminish the user experience. The pain of waiting 4-6 weeks for lens servicing is currently greater than the annoyances with the lenses, so I keep holding off. I might just buy a few VM equivalents as a secondary 'fall back' system for the times the Leica lenses have to be sent for servicing, which seems like every 2-3 years.



Jan 04, 2023 at 02:24 PM
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p.16 #2 · p.16 #2 · Will Leica bring the M6 film camera back to life?


rscheffler wrote:
I think there was one for the S series, but not sure if it still exists. I think it cost a few grand extra, either when you bought the camera or perhaps it was an annual fee.

FWIW, I have advocated a paid pro service option for Leica for quite some time. As some may know, Leica Germany had an express service option - I'm not sure if they still do - where you paid extra for faster turnaround time. There were two options: two days plus shipping time or one week plus shipping time. I used the two-day service once
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DAG services lenses. Not sure if you have used him, or if you can talk to him he can provide an express service for cost?



Jan 04, 2023 at 03:07 PM
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p.16 #3 · p.16 #3 · Will Leica bring the M6 film camera back to life?


Dumped all my Canon gear in 2015 and went all Leica M. The only thing I miss about Canon is CPS. The only equipment I got any kind of return on way my 200 2L.


Jan 04, 2023 at 03:26 PM
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p.16 #4 · p.16 #4 · Will Leica bring the M6 film camera back to life?


For a lot of my work I need AF with telephoto lenses, so the Canon system remains very relevant. I've started transitioning to their mirrorless and there are a couple lenses that are really stellar. In particular, the 28-70/2, which renders like a prime at all focal lengths. Actually reminds me of some of my Leica glass in how it looks. Might even render nicer than the 28 Lux at the wide end.

I've shot both systems side by side for years and the biggest hassle is reconciling color rendering in post. Plus the very annoying IR contamination often seen in the Leica images of people wearing synthetic textiles (I shoot a lot of events). So for simplicity in post, I've pretty much gone back to a single system for event coverage, though I do prefer the M system for working in close with people...

Desmolicious wrote:
DAG services lenses. Not sure if you have used him, or if you can talk to him he can provide an express service for cost?


It's an option but from posts I've read it seems his turnaround can be inconsistent. It's not that I need these back within a week, I just don't like to be without them for 1-2 months. I pretty much sidelined my Leica gear for work use in favor of Canon anyway. It's also a bit of a hassle to ship across the border. I can often get Leica to supply a UPS label that makes shipping on my end a lot easier. A couple of the lenses will likely also be serviced by them under warranty because they were either recently serviced, or serviced within the past few years for the exact same problems. Hence why I'll likely go back to Leica with these again.



Jan 04, 2023 at 03:48 PM
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