Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/16

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Subject: [Leica] Bayonet vs. screw
From: "BT" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 08:00:30 -0000

Bayonet-mount lenses have a speed advantage over screw mount when changing
lenses in the field.

As a former news photographer who started with screw-mount SLRs (in my
teens), the speed advantage from a bayonet mount could easily mean getting a
shot that would otherwise have been lost. This was despite using multiple

Since Leica (and others) aimed their products at photojournalists
(historically) the bayonet made sense.

I actually think the current situation is wonderful. There are current
cameras which allow the use of early screw-mount lenses (with an inexpensive
adapter), and there are new high-tech screw and bayonet-mount mounts lenses.

Our cups runneth over!

Steve Patriquen

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