Batteries, Rome

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by jim_shields, Mar 20, 2002.

  1. If you're like me, Classic M6 owner, you hardly ever need to change batteries. But, if you're in Rome for a week you may find that you need them on day one. You can get them at a well supplied camera shop across from the Cancelleria, but the guy there won't be able to help you get battery cover off. He'll give you a card for a repair shop outside of town but you won't want to do that.
    What you might do is go to have a nice lunch in Campo de Fiori and spend an hour working your thumb and forefinger raw trying to get it off. You may fail. The two glasses of wine you will have will make the next part of the procedure much easier, emotionally. You will take the chrome end of your Cross pen, or equivalent, and with considerable force the cap will budge. Engage the chrome end with the knurled rim of the cap and begin to push carefully. You will worry about slipping and gouging the vulcanite. You will also worry about slipping and scratching the rangefinder window, or the top plate, so you will decide it's better to push toward the base plate. On the first try you will scrape off a few of the ridges and you will see the brass. You will remember that while the top plate is zinc this part and the base are still brass. You think, "well, I'll worry about this less in the future."
    Finally the cap comes off. Clean away the crud, in go the batteries, and all's right with the world again. Two weeks later the skin will begin to peel off of your thumb and forefinger.
    I just felt like sharing. Ciao.
     
  2. Even in Rome there must be a Leica dealer who can sell you a
    replacement battery cap that is slotted to accomodate a coin.
     
  3. Well, I wasn't sure there were such things. Anybody out there know
    where these can be found?
     
  4. Ottica Moderna, Via Tomacelli (near Castel S. Angelo, not far from
    Trinità dei Monti) maybe can help you. I know it's a Leica seller.

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    Ciao, Domenico
     
  5. Very amusing story Jim, thanks.

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    BTW, did the Roma (Gypsies) get you?

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    They got my money but left the 28, 1:2.8 Ver. III in my sport coat
    pocket.

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    Sono Italiano en Spirito.

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    Ciao
     
  6. Jim,

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    The slotted battery covers are a Leica part I believe. Don't have
    the number, but should be in the catalog.

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    If you're in the US, try the parts dept. at Leica NJ.

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    Best,

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    Jerry
     

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