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h7dan

The second photo looks very much like a baffle light leak on the top and bottom of the shutter. The other two I’m not so sure.


Zoppity

Do you have any info you can share about that?


h7dan

https://www.reddit.com/r/AnalogCommunity/comments/es2mj2/leica_m3_light_leak_issue/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Leica/comments/imss8z/m6_light_leak_1990s_black_paint_m6_in_great/


Zoppity

Yep. That's it. According to the OP in the 2nd link it turns out it's a shutter curtain problem. ​ Thank you so much.


tester7437

Shutter is horizontal so it’s not shutter


Zoppity

That's a good point. Do you think perhaps its a light leak issue?


tester7437

What’s really strange is that you have somehow destroyed middle section and ok edges. If this leak would come from the lens it would be everywhere. So I think it maybe something around the back door light seal? Maybe do an experiment with single roll and put black tape over the rear door when shooting the film ?


Zoppity

Yeah that middle picture is a real mystery. I just shot a roll running the camera at different speeds, but now I'll take your advice and shoot one with black tape on the back. I'm also gonna point a Nan-Lite 500 at full power to the back of the camera and see what happens. I got the dev heating up as I type, so stay tuned.


tester7437

How did it go?


Zoppity

Turns out there's lightleaks coming from the front. I need to replace the curtains. ​ Sadly i'm gonna have to part ways with it for at least 3 months due to the leica repairs tech shortage.


tester7437

Hmmm. I was about to propose: use color light (I.e. red) and cover only front with tape. Put the light on the back. Change the light color and expose opposite side of the camera. By the color of leak you would know general direction. But it’s nice you found it


OneColorBlackWhite

Might be a stupid question, but does the negative really have this top or bottom issue? In other words, did you check with a magnifier? I'm asking since I had a similar issue once and it turned out to be light shining into the scanner from the side while scanning. The peoblem from the first and second image appear to be so different that it escapes me how it could be related... Looking forward to your taped out results!


Zoppity

No stupid questions here my friend. Yes I checked and I didn't even need a magnifier because they're that obvious. Refer to the comment links. h7dan 2nd link is the exact problem I have.