loose filter drawer on R lens

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The filter drawer on my new R280/4 Apo-Telyt lens is kind of loose when fully inserted into the lens' drawer slot. It rattles a bit, and when the lens is turned sideways so that the drawer slot opening faces down, the drawer 'slips' out a little, such that there's a 1mm gap between the felt strip on the drawer and the lens barrel. Is this normal? Anyone else encountered this problem? Don't know if this would affect the image quality, I just don't feel comfortable to have something loose and rattly on a lens costing that much!

-- Franz Li (franzlist@yahoo.com), June 28, 2001



I also recently purchased a new R 280/4 APO-Telyt lens. Yes, the filter drawer has a slight amount of freedom, although mine may have less movement than you describe. Does not fit the standard of quality that Leica dotes on but I don't think it will interfere with the quality of photographs taken since the filter should have flat faces. If you have further questions, you might contact B. Olesin, Customer Service Mgr for Leica in Northvale, N.J. at 1-800-222-0118 X217 or e-mail him at olesin@aol.com. He has been answered a couple of my questions regarding potential problems with Leica equipment.


-- Luther Berry (luther.berry@st-systems.com), July 13, 2001.

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