Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/06/15

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Subject: [Leica] Digital Leica M
From: pdzwig at (Peter Dzwig)
Date: Thu Jun 15 06:43:20 2006
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I can't help feeling that these dots and in-camera s/w adjustments smack 
than a little of a job not done properly. An attempt to be "better" than the 
RD-1/1s that hasn't come off? Does the need for adjustment hint at some 
incompatibility between Leica's design and the M lenses? If Epson can build 
RD-1 without this "dotting" why do Leica need it and a new mount.

Sorry to say that I have this feeling that the "M-8" may only be a half-way 
house to something else.

Peter Dzwig

Didier Ludwig wrote:

> Clive
> The code is not physically required and you will be able to use the most 
> M/LTM mount lenses without code. 
> The identification is only needed to apply different in-camera software 
> settings (vignetting control, contrast, and so on), and will additionally 
> be added to the EXIF data. But you are right it is not really required as 
> these software-driven corrections can be done afterwards in the computer 
> too.
> Another reason, probably the more important, for the code, is to keep the 
> other M lens producers (ZI, CV) back. And I agree 95 euros for coding an 
> old lens might be considered as another Solms rip-off attempt to their 
> most loyal customers.
> Didier
>>It is not clear to me why the code on the lens is a requirement. It is
>>trivial to provide  menu based entry to identify the lens on the
>>camera - unless they intend to test every lens and characterise its
>>performance. I doubt they will do that - 8 bits would not be enough.
>>I can use any old  Nikon F-mount lens on the D200 by entering its
>>maximum aperture and focal length.
>>95 euros for six dots is Leica type pricing - preposterous (unless
>>they throw in a CLA)
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