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The film advance lever will not go forward. It seems to be stuck. However, the lever can be cocked by first pressing the rewind release button. If you do this the lever will advance but the film counter will not rotate to show one more exposure. The shutter fires fine. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.


-- Allen Chardin (, December 19, 2001


The camera in the post above is an R6.2

thank you

-- Allen Chardin (, December 19, 2001.


You don't mention the type of camera you're using - some model of Leica R? When you press the release button you are disengaging the advance mechanism from the sprocket wheel. What you're describing suggests that the sprocket wheel may be jammed. If there is a film in the camera, maybe the film is jammed, through being incorrectly loaded.

-- Ray Moth (, December 20, 2001.

Hi, Allen:

Please pay attention to Ray's question in the first place and let us know whether there is film in your camera. If that were the case you should forget about the pictures in that roll, carefully take it out from the camera (possibly with lots of problems on the take up spool end . . . excercise extra care here) and carefully try to make the mechanism work again after the film path has been cleared. If it doesn't, you could be in troubles. I hope not !

Best wishes, Allen


-- Iván Barrientos M (, December 20, 2001.

Thank you everyone. The camera in question is an R6.2. There is no film in the camera. The problem started after I shot two rolls of film through the camera using a flash. I suppose that this means I will have to send it out to get worked on. If anyone else has any suggestions please feel free to tell me.

Thanks again. Allen

-- Allen Chardin (, December 20, 2001.

One more thought before you send it off to the wizard's workshop. Try opening the back and turning the toothed wheels that run in the film sprockets. I don't know about the R8, but on many mechanical cameras they can get "out of synch" with the winding mechanism. Sometimew you can play with the wheels, the rewind button, and the advance lever and get them all working together again.

-- Wilheom (, December 20, 2001.

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