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 09:30:22 2004

Right, Art, those features and the larger size - It was still
leica-compact, but big enough to fit my hands very nicely...and, if I'm
not mistaken, it has a slightly longer rangefinder baselength. But I may
well be wrong on that...

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Peterson Arthur G NSSC
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:24 PM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] M5 digression

I've never used an M5 but can imagine several why reasons you might say
that---more of a spot meter (i.e., measures a tighter area) than later
Ms, large shutter speed dial conveniently overhanging the front edge of
the camera body, and I believe (although my recollection may be faulty
on this) shutter speeds visible in the viewfinder---good stuff all.  And
I might add, all of those features were essentially shared by the CL.

Art Peterson

-----Original Message-----
From: B. D. Colen []
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 11:53
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] M5 digression

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

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 10:57 AM
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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