Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/06/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Senseless design
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 07:36:57 EDT

In a message dated 6/23/99 10:33:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< The M5 bombs so they say "why not just stick a meter where the self
 timer is on the M4 it just might work?" I call that the kind of inspired
 thinking which has put most of us here on this list. It's called the M6.
 The idea worked you could put it mildly. I bought a little self timer
 thing. Never used it. 
 Never had a camera closer to my heart than my M6. I guess self timers
 are not a big thing with me.
 Mark Rabiner >>

Too bad some of that inspired thinking couldn't have resulted in a 
high-eyepoint viewfinder.  I wager to say that a good chunk of people in the 
M6's market wear glasses.  Not everyone can wear contacts or feels like 
getting Lasik'd.  Correction eyepieces are no solution if you have a really 
strong prescription and have to put glasses on and off to compose or to see 
the camera controls.  The 28mm frame in my M6 is useless to me (the 35 is 
barely visible).  At least I can buy a Leica 28mm finder.  The .85 model I'd 
like, I'd have to pay a fortune for a "collectible" 35 finder and give up 
one-window focus/framing which is more necessary with the 35.  Of all the 
things people want Leica to do to the M6 that would require major redesigns, 
the HP viewfinder eyepiece wouldn't.