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    Leica cameras

    Have Leitz ever made a camera which is an improvement on the M2 in terms of design and function? If so, in what way?

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    Very loaded question. I will watch this with interest.
    Just as a curious question - what do you hope to find out?
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    They can improve Leicas?
    That should be good. We've been waiting decades...
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Have Leitz ever made a camera which is an improvement on the M2 in terms of design and function? If so, in what way?
    You know they introduced the M3 first before they made the M2. So you can see their kind of improvement.
    Just kidding. But you can see the way they reintroduced the rewind crank on the MP and selling the attachment for it. Removing the meter from the M5 when they introduced the M4-P and selling the add on meter. That kind of things.

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    Improve a Leica

    I think Barnack got pretty darned close to what was needed back in the 30s, and everything since then has been downhill. But what do I know? I still love my K1000! Simple, reliable, very easy to use, doesn't get in the way of the shot. I think that is what Leica was about in the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    You know they introduced the M3 first before they made the M2. So you can see their kind of improvement.
    Just kidding. But you can see the way they reintroduced the rewind crank on the MP and selling the attachment for it. Removing the meter from the M5 when they introduced the M4-P and selling the add on meter. That kind of things.
    Bunch of drunk engineers named it an M3, then upon the build of a new body, stlll drinking German beer, called it an M2. After they sobered up, they knew they would be out of a job if they hit M0 so they went to M4 and above on the models.

    They are not to blame, while drinking German beer, I could not count either

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    Leica M9 if you like digital
    Leica CL if you like small
    Leica M6 if you like light meters
    Leica M4-p if you like 28mm viewfinders

    Well they are all "improvements" in different ways but for different people

    As for me, Leica M3 is king.

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    There are few things we can really count on in this world like death, taxes and the Leica M2.
    Last edited by Paul Goutiere; 07-10-2012 at 12:40 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Any manufacturer which still produces new film camera's gets the thumbs up from me. The current MP is a wonderful piece of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
    Leica M9 if you like digital
    Leica CL if you like small
    Leica M6 if you like light meters
    Leica M4-p if you like 28mm viewfinders

    Well they are all "improvements" in different ways but for different people

    As for me, Leica M3 is king.
    M6 TTL .58 if you like 28mm viewfinders and wear glasses or otherwise have trouble with 28mm framelines.

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