Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] .58 and 24 Framelines
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 10:24:58 +0100


i did read your lips the first time you posted the (to me) bad news that
the 'new' m6 vf won't have framelines for the 21 or 24. when erwin said
that the new vf would be better for 24 users, i asked for an explanation,
since from the admittedly little that we've heard about the 0.58 m6 to
date, there doesn't seem to be much of an advantage regarding the vf for
folks using a lens wider than the 28.

as that is a focal length i never use, the 0.58 becomes a moot point for
me, since the reason i (and many other 24 and 21 users, i suppose) would
buy it, would be to be able to use those wider lenses without the external
vf, something i can do already with 0.72 vf, provided i'm willing to
estimate what i'll capture on film by considering the whole vf as being
more or less approximate to the 24 view. i assume that this will also be
true of the 0.58.


>Hey Guy,
>Read my lips, no framelines for 24!  Hope this answers the question.  Better
>eye relief, but apparently for technical reasons, 21 & 24 couldn't be added
>to the frameline mask.
>Only you will know if the camera is right for you after you look through it.
>I still haven't decided yet if its right for me even though I had access to
>one for about two hours in a very dark restaurant.  Silly me, I was thinking
>more about food when I chose the venue, rather than how well I could see the
>new stuff!  Hopefully will get chance to spend more time with the .58 next
>week and actually take some pictures with it and the new 28.
>Bill ROSAUER :-)

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