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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: To M7 or not to M7, c'est la question - LONG
From: Tina Manley <images@InfoAve.Net>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 18:52:16 -0400
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At 06:35 PM 7/2/02 -0400, you wrote:
>The Leica myth.
>Anyone here could, for $240, buy a Minolta Maxxum 5 or Canon Rebel 2000 
>and have a more capable camera than the $2500 M7. Both run circles around 
>the M7's antiquated exposure system. Gone too is the lame excuse, "I must 
>have a fully mechanical camera for those times when I go brain dead and 
>forget the batteries."
>The Leica myth is running out of excuses as the M series becomes a fairly 
>modern camera. Soon the excuses will become so thin, "It's the only camera 
>that has a red dot I can cover up", will be the answer of choice when 
>asked why one paid $2000 more and got less.

Allan -

How about the quality of the lenses?  That has always been Leica's claim to 
fame.  I started with Minolta's.  They are fine cameras, but the lenses are 
not the equal of the Leica lenses.  As a professional photographer who has 
to justify every expense, I am willing to pay the extra dollars for the 
Leica quality lenses.  There is no other lens like the Noctilux.  The 
Summilux is also unsurpassed in both the aspherical and non-aspherical 
versions.  The 100 Macro for the R's is better than any other macro lens I 
have ever seen.

The durability is also unsurpassed.  The old Nikons were also very durable, 
but the new ones are fragile and quit working with a few drops of rain.  I 
can still take the M7 into the jungle in the rainy season and expect it to 
continue working.  As for going without batteries, try finding a battery 
when it is a three-day canoe ride to the nearest store!!


Tina Manley, ASMP

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