Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/27[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Well, finally there's evidence that Leica is definitely working on a Leica M camera with electronics. There is a pic of a prototype "electronic" M top plate floating around. From looking at the picture, the "electronic" (EL) top plate is different then the M6 top plate, it appears that the film advance lever has been eliminated as there are two holes cut out, one for the film counter and the other... either for the shutter speed dial or the film advance lever. This large hole is further away from the film counter window than the M6 design so my guess is that the (EL) film advance lever has been eliminated and that the (EL) must have a built in winder. (remember the R8 winder is very flat). There is also an "on/off" switch located at around hole. The LEITZ logo emblem is now located at the front corner where as on the M6 the letters M6 are engraved on the front corner, and Leica emblem is near the middle of the camera.