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Custom Leica M2 | by neil alejandro
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Custom Leica M2

Leica M2

Industar 55mm


First I replaced a nasty cracked-up black vulcanite with Olive Green leatherette.


Then I took apart the camera, ungracefully lubing up as many of the metal gears as I could find, because this thing was crunchy as hell. You would have to wind the film, depress the shutter, then wind again and depress the shutter release once more to actually fire the shutter, and even then the shutter timing was probably off by at least 2 stops. I corrected the high speed mechanism to just about accurate, though anything below 1/60sec is still shaky and unreliable.


While the camera was in pieces, I stripped the plating on this chrome Leica M2 and repainted using run of the mill Olive Green spraypaint from Home Depot.


I've always coveted the "Safari" Leica M cameras, and for a few hundred bucks, lots of horrible smells from corrosive hyrochloric acid, and about 2 weeks worth of nights of sandpapering, and a loving, understanding girlfriend, I got my Safari Leica exactly how I wanted it, smudged white Leica enamel script and all.


Normally, this one has a permanently attached Summicron 50mm, but I needed that lens to take this shot, so Industar gets some love. (the 50mm Summicron isn't 6-bit coded, and I forgot to change the lens profile on the camera, so ignore the EXIF data that says this was taken with a 35mm Summilux)

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Taken on July 18, 2015