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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. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Eric Welch St. Joseph, MO http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ewelch It's never too late to have a happy childhood.