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Subject: [Leica] Leica modifying M-mount for digital M?
From: grduprey at (
Date: Sun Jun 4 15:22:32 2006
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Modify it for what?  They have been advertising that all M and LSM lenses 
with M adapters will work with no changes.  They are saying they will 
produce new lenses for the loss fo WA coverage.
-----Original Message-----
From: Didier Ludwig <>
To: Leica Users Group <>
Sent: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 09:32:32 +0200
Subject: [Leica] Leica modifying M-mount for digital M?

I have just read in another list, from a quite reliable source not 
completely unknown on the LUG, that Leica plans to modify the M-mount for 
the digital M: 
>The Leica M digital will have a modified M-mount 
>with a bar code which tells the camera the focal length. 
>The correct frameline will then be electronically changed. 
>While Leica will sell kits at about $125 each to update Leica 
>M lenses to the M digital it remains to be seen if those kits can 
>be used on non Leica made lenses. 
My personal comment: The only reason to buy such a (anyway overpriced) 
camera is when one has a closet full of M and LTM lenses. If one needs to 
"upgrade" every lens for $125 to make it functional on the digital M (and 
maybe even non-functional on the film bodies), he might as well change the 
system. Leica - one step forward, two steps backwards. 
ps: the R-D1 is getting more and more interesting for me - it takes M-mount 
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