Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/03/06

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Subject: [Leica] M mount on micro 4/3: Price vs quality
From: cedric.agie at (Cedric Agie)
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:28:40 +0100
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It's not only a question of (very precise) machining, even with CNC
machines, but also of finishing (cooling, repolishing, washing etc.)
at each stage and final covering of pieces of expensive metal with one
or more layer(s) of for example hard chrome, plus a final repolishing
and check.

Years ago you could buy yourself a copy of a Leica made in the former
eastern block. It looked like a Leica, it was much cheaper than a
Leica, but it wasn't a Leica. With the lenses results where even worse
than with the bodies alone. The alluminium they where made of were as
soft as butter. They simply didn't even have enough copper at hand to
make electrical wires.

 Not to speak of the color papers and films made in the same regions.
You could devellop them in Agfa soup, but results where horrible.

One day I saw a guy in a Leica shop with a Leica M body and a ring
"coming from elsewher" stuck inside. I heard whispers, cries and
guessed there would be some tears. A trip to Solms, CLA alone, will
cost you at least 1.000? insurance and expedition not included.

It's like everything, you get what you paid for.



2013/3/5 George Lottermoser <imagist3 at>:
> On Mar 5, 2013, at 3:02 PM, Lew Schwartz wrote:
>> Is there anything to account for the price gap of these adapters, from
>> around $30 to $200, other than, marketing? I want to try some of my M
>> lenses on a Panasonic GH3.
> Probably the quality of the metals and machining precision.
> However - If you simply want to "try some of my M lenses"
> I'd recommend "trying" with the low end.
> If you discover that you "really like" working with M lenses on the GH3
> you can always upgrade the adapter.
> I bought several 'cheap' adapters to use my R lenses on Canon bodies.
> I found that I prefer using Canon lenses on Canon bodies;
> and R lenses on R bodies;
> and am very glad that I didn't spend big to find that out.
> when rarely needed and/or appropriate - I CAN in fact use the 'cheap' 
> adapters
> to accomplish the necessary tasks.
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> george at
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Replies: Reply from henningw at (Henning Wulff) ([Leica] M mount on micro 4/3: Price vs quality)
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