Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/05/17

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Subject: [Leica] RE: BIG Leica
From: Ken Wilcox <>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 19:05:22 -0400

Also improved rangefinder contrast and multi-exposure. I think I have the
meter pattern change with different lenses figured out. To bad Mamiya did
not choose to fully explain it.

Ken Wilcox

At 08:48 AM 5/17/99 -0700, you wrote:
>No, the Mamiya 7 II does not have TTL.  The feature changed from the
>original Mamiya 7 were the addition of a strap lu so you could have the
>camera hung horizontal (as opposed to sideways), and an easier to use dark
>slide dial.  
>Peter K
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Frank Dernie []
>Sent: Monday, May 17, 1999 4:39 AM
>Subject: [Leica] BIG Leica
>Ken Wilcox wrote
>>After a couple of years of drooling over it, yesterday I purchased a
>>7 II along with 80mm and 50mm lenses and 35 adapter.
>>Any LUGgers using the 7 or 7 II? Oddities of operation that I should be
>>aware of? (And why did Mamiya make the meter to change pattern with
>>different lenses?)
>Ken I have used the Mamiya 7 for about a year now. It is now my camera of
>choice if the light is strong - those lenses are slow - otherwise it is
>still the M6.
>Anyone who thinks a Leica has a quiet low vibration shutter should try one!
>It is much quieter just being an in lens leaf. In fact the Mamiya 7 is to
>medium format cameras what the M Leica is to 35mm only more so, the
>contrast in noise and weight is HUGE. Its lenses are a touch slower than
>many SLR equivalents however unlike the Leica which is either equal or
>faster to most competing SLR options.
>The meter is actually mounted in the rangefinder and looks through the
>rangefinder spot, not the lens. This gives the effect of changing the
>apparent coverage with each lens. I wish they would print this fact because
>once one knows this the semi spot meter is perfect and easy to use. I
>imagine they are embarrased to admit it is not TTL in this day and age!
>Hence the verbose BS in the manual! OTOH it could be different for the Mark
>The led speed indicators are hard to see, but not a disaster.
>My only real problem has been accidental exposures whilst switching off. My
>ham fistedness I think
>Cheers Frank
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