Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1992/07/21

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To: leica-users
Subject: Leica body materials
From: (Mark Eastman)
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 92 12:05:50 PDT

My understanding is that after the M4 Leica bodies switched from being manufactured
in brass alloy to a .8mm thick zinc alloy (at least for the top plate). The
baseplate, I know is still brass on the M6. I'd like to know if anyone knows about
these materials for Leica bodies and perhaps what the reasoning behind switching
to zinc was (lighter and harder?).

Mark Eastman