Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/09

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Subject: Re: Vs: Vs: [Leica] 50mm lens: now "-M"
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 13:42:55 EDT

In a message dated 8/8/00 10:44:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< If a lens has a "-M" it is indeed newer than a similar lens which does not,
 but, it is not necessarily the latest and greatest. >>

    Greatness is not the issue.  Nor is the question as to when the suffix 
was added to a particular lens.  Nor are the changes, being new optical 
designs, merely cosmetic. The evidence remains, as you indeed confirm, that 
if it has the "-M" suffix a given lens is of the latest optical design 
available, currently or not, from Leica.    While the suffix itself may be 
confusing in a certain context (M v. LTM), it is clearly intended by Leitz as 
an indicator of current or latest available optical design.  All of the 
examples you cited support this conclusion.  Try instead to think of 
instances where the "-M" lens has been superseded by a later optical formula.

Joe Sobel