Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M6 HM focusing improvement
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Thu, 07 May 1998 10:33:07 -0400

At 10:33 AM 07-05-98 -0400, John D. wrote:
>Do any of you have strong feelings about the focusing difference between the
>two versions of the M6 ?  I noticed in a recent note that Ted Grant
>recommended the regular M6 for use with the 35 and 75 Summilux's and the 50
>mm Noctilux .  I can't imagine Ted puts up with difficult focusing for the
>sake of an easier time seeing the 35 mm frame line and this in turn makes me
>wonder if Leica is over emphasizing this focusing improvement.

I much prefer using my new M6HM as compared to my old M6.  Maybe its
because it is new, and the novelty hasn't worn off yet.  

I have no problem using it with my 35mm lenses, and do so.  But then, I
also have no problems with lens hoods blocking parts of the viewfinder.
Maybe if you are bothered by the one you will be bothered by the other.

I honestly don't think I will ever use my old M6 again, except at times
(rare) when I use two bodies.  Focusing does seem very precise.  It is
surprising how sensitive the rangfinder is to the slightest variations in
distance to a subject.

Dan C.