Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/21

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Subject: [Leica] M5 digression
From: Afterswift at (
Date: Tue Sep 21 07:57:10 2004

In a message dated 9/21/04 6:37:48 AM, writes:

<<  That one time they ever so
slightly changed the design of the M - as in growing it ever so slightly
in order to produce the world's first rangefinder with TTL metering? It
was called the M5, and it sank faster than a hamster off a Nantucket
dock because the Leica fanboy base was appalled by the very idea of ever
so slightly changing the design of the M... >>

The M5 was bought by successful doctors I knew. It was bulky, clumsy, seemed 
regressive in some ways. I jumped for the Leica CL and I use it almost 
constantly. I did get accustomed to the vertical lugs that hold the neck 
strap. [I 
wish Leica Solms would make a lens shade for my 40mm CL lens.] Frankly, I 
think the digital M is being totally designed in-house. Maybe Panasonic has 
hand in it. We might need to buy special lenses to get the best performance, 
altho it will probably take our M lenses. I'd gladly forego the 10+MP if a 
sensor would permit optimal use of our current M lenses. The D70 flies with 
6MP array. It's very fast.
It uses the APS sensor size, which seems to be the standard before the 35mm 
digital breakthrough. 



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