Trask, that is a great idea to disable the CLE auto setting release button. You just twirl the dial without a safey catch.
My research came up with two (photonet) comments on a CLE vs KM-Hexanon
The finders (KM-Hexanon vs CLE) are about the same magnification but the Hexar isn't as bright.Does this match others experience? I handled a KM Hexanon 6/7 years ago and don't recall it being cheap or flimsy. Just the opposite, it felt dense and well made.I also have a KM-Hexar which I do not use much these days. The CLE I think is better made. My Hexar's paint is worn and the preview level has fallen off; from the first I had the hotshoe coming apart and fixed it will bond.) The shutter button is faster than the Hexar's. It is lighter. It is quieter. The Hexar, however, is more versatile.
Does anyone else feel the CLE viewfinder is brighter?
Looking at the CLE manual it seems one could imagine a 50mm frame inside the 40 and be fairly accurate. At least as accurate as using a 35 with m6 framelines.