Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/12/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] m2 noise
From: Martin Howard <>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 14:44:58 -0500

Franck Maubuisson jotted down the following:

> I wonder wy my M2 is more noisy at 1/30 and 1/15 than at 1/60 or 1/8 - the
> noise seems to last much longer than the exposure itself. Are these speed
> obtained differently on this camera than on others ?

Noiser than what?  Noiser than itself at other speeds?  Noiser than
mechanical SLRs?  Noiser than other M cameras?

At 1/15s or 1/30s is where you have the shift to the slow speed mechanism
inside the Ms.  The sound is a characteristic "bounce" or "echo" that lasts
a little longer than the exposure.  Other mechanical cameras such as the
Voigtländer Bessas and the Nikon FM2n have a different mechanism and do not
sound the same.

Compare your M2 to another M2, or to another M camera.  I'm sure yours is
fine, it's just the peculiarities of the M shutter.


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