Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/30

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Subject: Re: OLYMPUS MJU II (in Europe)
Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 00:45:37 +0100

At 22:09 -0400 29-04-1997, wrote:

>Have you seen any test results comparing the Nikon 35Ti and the Leica
>Minilux?  I thought there was one on the WWW somewhere, but I do not know
>where it is.  Can anyone help?

Both cameras, together with Contax T2, Minolta TC-1, Konica Hexar and
Rollei 35 Classic (amongst others) figure in the UK magazine "Buying
cameras" (february 1997).

Here are the results:

Leica's bid for the top-end of the compact market. A good rival for the
likes of Rollei, Minolta and Nikon with its mix of auto and manual features.
Performance: 7 out of 10 (Leica Summarit lens delivers sharpness from the
top drawer)
Features: 8 out of 10 (Aperture-priority is on offer as part of a well
Handling: 7 out of 10 (Smooth to operate, but it's quite a boxy camera)
Our verdict: 7 out of 10 (+ for build quality, lens sharpness; - for
starting to get very pricey)

A superbly made camera that handles well and gives razor-sharp results.
Uses Nikon's 3D matrix metering for perfect exposures. An absolute classic.
Performance: 8 out of 10 (Some slide shots show overexposure. Print film is
Features: 8 out of 10 (Plenty of ways to manually override the auto functions)
Handling: 8 out of 10 (elegant analogue display takes some getting used to)
Our verdict: 8 out of 10 (+ for metering, lens sharpness; - for can be
fiddly to use)

Features a beautifully crafted body with a titanium finish for added
durability, plus a pin-sharp lens and accurate metering. Cheap it ain't,
but we can't knock the quality.
Performance: 9 out of 10 (A great camera for slide users - results are well
Features: 6 out of 10 (the flash modes are distinctly unimpressive - only two!)
Handling: 9 out of 10 (handles like a dream)
Our verdict: 8 out of 10 (+ for first rate image sharpness; - for
underspecified flash)

Hope this helps.


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