Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/08/10

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Subject: [Leica] Micro 4/3rds and Leica M
From: digiratidoc at (James Laird)
Date: Sun Aug 10 09:17:27 2008
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Focusing would only be an issue if they crippled it with poor
autofocus/manual focus. I'd probably rather wait though for an M9 with
live view...something every camera seems to be equipped with now and
would be a boon for the M system, especially for macro and telephoto


On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM, Tom Schofield <> 
> But a 21mm will become a 42mm equivalent FOV.  Then again, a 90 Summicron
> will become a 180 F2, but focusing would probably be an issue.
> Tom
> On Aug 7, 2008, at 3:30 PM, H&ECummer wrote:
>>> Hello Luggers,
>> If you look at the specs for the Micro 4/3rds system in the dpreview
>> article M lenses would easily fit on the camera via an adaptor ( upon 
>> which
>> I am sure some Chinese entrepreneur is already diligently working in his
>> Shanghai garage). With live view you would have no parallax framing 
>> problems
>> and could view 100% of the image. I know, I know, this is no substitute 
>> for
>> the traditional rangefinder viewfinder but it could prove useful and
>> entertaining to use. And if the micro body were, say, US$1000, it could
>> satisfy the desire for a digital CLE without cannibalizing M8 sales (too
>> much - maybe - since the cheap camera won't have the traditional 
>> rangefinder
>> viewfinder). The numbers -  4/3rd Micro flange back distance - 20mm (M
>> flange back distance 27.95mm - lots of room for an adaptor). 4/3rd Micro
>> Lens mount diameter 44mm (M mount 40mm - again lots of room to fit in any 
>> M
>> lens. In my opinion the deal breaker will be how good the EV viewfinder 
>> is.
>> That was a very bad part of the original Panasonic LC1 / Leica Digilux 2
>> which was otherwise a very capable and easy to use camera (in good light).
>> Food for thought - isn't it?
>> Howard
>> (hot on Pender Island today)
>>> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 14:44:38 -0400
>>> From: "David Rodgers" <>
>>> Subject: [Leica] Micro FourThirds
>>> To: "Leica Users Group" <>
>>> I found the naming a bit interesting. Nothing "micro" about a shorter
>>> flange distance, smaller lens mount, or two more contact points. Maybe
>>> it just sounds photoish like Micro-Nikkor. They should have called it HD
>>> FourThirds. The HD for Half Distance but people would have assumed it
>>> meant High Definition (and who in their right mind doesn't want that)!
>>> OTOH, make a camera with a four thirds chip that looks and handles like
>>> this or this
>>> and you can call it
>>> whatever you want. I'm sold already. Olympus or Panaleica certainly know
>>> how to make small, high performance, fast primes.
>>> Please don't make us rely on Live View for framing. I don't want a
>>> glorified P&S. I want an optical viewfinder, although the rangefinder
>>> can be electronic (i.e. LED).
>>> DaveR
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In reply to: Message from cummer at (H&ECummer) ([Leica] Micro 4/3rds and Leica M)
Message from tomschofield at (Tom Schofield) ([Leica] Micro 4/3rds and Leica M)