Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Vapourware Leica M7 vs Existing M6
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 07:23:00 -0500

At 09:06 AM 8/21/98 +0000, you wrote:

>cost-saving exercise as an outright improvement. Remember, cost-cutting
>is why Leitz swapped from the M4 to the M4-2; improvements between the

How can this be true, when the time between the two was long. And the M5
was between them. They revivied the M4-2 when the M5 failed in the market.

>M4 and M4-2 are hard to find and even harder to justify. But the

That is true. Except that a motor can be attached (never mind an
excessively poor motor).

>By its very nature, an all-mechanical shutter is expensive to produce

Absolutely true.

>However, I am more of the opinion that Leica will produce a sort of M6
>'plus', sporting TTL metering and a few other concessions to make it
>more 'competitive' with the Contax and the like. In other words, it
>could be a motordriven CLE in an almost M-series body. We shall see=85

Nope. There will be one more thing besides TTL. That's my guess. Otherwise,
it will be the good old M6 (and I don't mean electronic shutter). Just wait
and see. :-)
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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