I have had a Leica R9 for 4 years of which it worked for 2 months before becoming a constant headaech.
I sent it to repair in Hongkong, in Mainland China and in Germany and
every time it comes back (after several months sometimes) with the same
probleme. I have found very bad service at Leica over the phone and
somehow I feel I don't now what else to do... I have 5months before my
warranty expires and I can't afford anymore to have this camera as a
museum piece at home...
Could anybody address me on what to do? What would you do in my position?
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I think you mean a Leica M240.
Actually it is a professional camera. The best you can do is chose the single shot mode and put the shutter speed to automatic, to start.
There are so many settings in this camera, it would take days to explain, if you already had some experience with another camera. Like what ISO, why to work with a aperture or speed setting.
I can tell you, I'm an amateur for almost 50 years now, and I'm still learning. My latest camera I own now 3 years and still I don't use it to the full extend. But everyone can see the quality of the pictures are getting better over time, because I learn what settings are the best in a certain situation.
Read the manual, special the one about the settings, to get used to the knobs and buttons on the camera. Also read the part of the viewfinder, because you have to come familiar with what you see there.
I wish you lots of fun with this beautiful camera.
Just one advice:
There are no bad pictures, just missed chances to take one.
Open the back of the camera.
**** the camera as if you were advancing the film.
While looking in the back, push the shutter release, like you were taking a photo.
You see the mirror flip up and glimpse a flash of light as the camera cycles.
If you do not see the mirror flip up and return, the camera needs serious repair..
As for the LED Display, put some new batteries in it.
Okay, I have found the solution (along with Megant, it appears.) It is definitely a dead sensor issue. I contacted Leica via email (email@example.com) and received a response from JoAnn Scott, a Leica customer service manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating that the sensor issue is a common one and is covered under an extended warranty. I shipped my Digilux 2 to this address:
Leica Camera Inc. / Customer Service Manager
Re: Dead Sensor Repair 1 Pearl Court, Unit A / Allendale, NJ 07401 / USA
and within 2 weeks received a repair ticket from Leica, identifying the issue and indicating a zero balance for the repair. A follow up with JoAnn revealed that the turnaround time on the repair would be 4 to 6 weeks. The most expensive part of this whole deal was the 18 dollars I spent insuring the camera when I sent it back via the USPS.