Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/07

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Subject: Re: M5 v M6: conjecture v reality
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 23:47:45 -0600

At 10:11 PM 11/7/97 -0500, you wrote:

>There seems to be a persistent notion that the M5 was a mistake made by
>Leitz.=A0 Could be.=A0 But when did Leitz ever say so?=A0 Seems I've read=
 that it
>wasn't well accepted because of its looks and size.

I will grant you I was wrong on the M5's arm being rugged. But that's not
what you read in lots of places about it.

I read somewhere the reason the M5 was a failure was that in one year, only
1,500 sold. Leica almost closed up their camera production altogether
because of dismal sales of the M5 and SL2 according to one account I read.
Can any of you LHSA members give us an accurate account of Leica's trials
and tribulations of the mid-70s? I remember this account also said that the
revival of the M4 in the M4-2 saved the company. Along with the R3, which
sold in much larger numbers than the SL2 was when it was discontinued.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.