Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/02/10

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Digital M
From: "Leonard J Kapner" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 09:53:24 -0800

FWIW, I agree 100% with this contention. I want an M-Digital that works
exactly like my M7. Any less functionality than that and I'm not interested.
If I'm willing to accept compromises, a Canon G5 with a crappy viewfinder
and way too many function buttons at ~$500 will do just fine.


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[] On Behalf Of B. D. Colen
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 7:09 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Digital M

Just a couple brief things -
I don't think anyone is happy with 1.5 - or 1.3 for that matter - Mark,
they're just stuck with it. ;-) I want to use my lenses at the focal
length they were designed as, not at some compromise focal length.

Also, why is 30.5mm a "good place to be?" It is if you want a 30? It
isn't if you want to shoot with a 21, or a 28, or a 35 - it's a weird
place to be. One of the big problems with the idea of a Leica M that's
less than full frame is precisely the fact that there won't be any
lenses wider than 30.5 - unless one goes to the Cosina superwides, which
are terrific for what they are, but are hardly Leica 21 2.8 ASPHs, or
Summicron 28 ASPHs.....

A digital M could probably make it with a multipication factor, but it
would hardly be ideal.

B. D.


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