Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/06/06

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Subject: Re: M Body Construction
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 1997 11:46:47 -0400

At 07:52 AM 6/6/97 -0700, Stephen wrote:
>The change to a
>lower outside standard of finish is obvious. A quick look at the
>M3/M2/M4 chrome or black enamel finish vs today's black or chrome, or
>the stamping on the top plate where engravings used to be, or the old M
>vulcanite vs the M6's plastic covering,  quickly tell that story. 
>But the idea that lower internal construction costs combined with an 
>eye towards longevity  engineering can make a more reliable M camera is
>very intriguing. 
>How did you come across this information?  

I was first alerted to this by a series of discussions with a swathe of
repair folks, including our own John Van Stelten, Ken Ruth, and the folks
at Leica USA.  Then I have a fair amount of personal experience to bolster

The plastic covering on the M6, by the way, is supposed to be substantially
longer wearing than the Vulcanite and not to suffer from the drying problem
which so deeply afflicts the older Leica cameras.

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