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| p.3 #3 · M240 Full Res Samples |
I don't think we can live without a LCD screen with digital? At least I can't If you look at the Sony RX1, the body is thinner than the digital Ms. So maybe, I think, Leica could engineer a camera similar to the Leica CL- still with rangefinder focusing, a built in fixed lens 35 or 40 Summicron, and with the fixed lens, a silent leaf shutter. This could create another new market for Leica, a fourth segment for those that already have the M9/ME, 240 and Monochrom or street shooters who need a silent shutter. I'm not...Show more →
The Leica cameras have to maintain a longer registration distance than the RX1, so you probably couldn't make any interchangeable M camera as thin as the RX1. The slight thickness differences between the M9 and M6 isn't THAT big of a deal, but I think it would be cool to market a niche, LCD-less digital for those of use who like to torture ourselves. Another thing that I don't like is that, with my camera on a strap slung across my body, the buttons on the control pad are always clicking against my belt. I'd like the back of the camera to be flat. No buttons, no new M 240 thumb wheel/grip, etc. Just a flat ISO dial. I hate using a thumbsup, because it digs into me when on a strap (main reason for my advance lever idea.) Granted, without an LCD, I'm not sure how one would format the sd card, which, along with ISO, is the only reason I use the M9's LCD. I really don't want or need a camera smaller than the M cameras, but I do kinda wish the digital Ms and film Ms were the same thickness and flatter on the back.
I wouldn't mind a fixed lens M, because leaf shutters are nice, but I wouldn't want the lower quality rangefinder of the CL in a small body. The newer shutter of the M 240 is probably good enough to me, although, really even the current M9 shutter doesn't bother me that much.
I'm sure my idea for a Leica camera is a little crazy, but user experience is what Leica is all about, to me. There are plenty of technically great cameras out there.