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

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Subject: [Leica] M5 digression
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Tue Sep 21 08:54:44 2004

It's all a matter of taste; I consider the M5 the best of the Ms ..

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Subject: [Leica] M5 digression

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

<<  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,
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 don't 
think the digital M is being totally designed in-house. Maybe Panasonic
has a 
hand in it. We might need to buy special lenses to get the best
altho it will probably take our M lenses. I'd gladly forego the 10+MP if
a 6MP 
sensor would permit optimal use of our current M lenses. The D70 flies
with a 
6MP array. It's very fast.
It uses the APS sensor size, which seems to be the standard before the
digital breakthrough. 



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