Leica M viewfinder letdown ?

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Leica M viewfinder letdown ?

Postby NNN636988050536458806 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:09 am

Earlier today, in the market for a digital rangefinder, I pop into my local dealer to look at my options. I bring my Zeiss Ikon and the lovely 3.5/28mm skopar that I use very often.

I can't believe how bad M viewfinders are with 28mm. You can hardly see the framelines, even without glasses. Compared to the Zeiss Ikon, and Xpro1, this looks like a big regression.

Next I try the M10. Things are a bit better, but really not on par with other rangefinders I have (including Bronica RF645). I'm left wondering how this is possible : the rangefinder is the M's reason for existing, and at this price point it ought to be the best in class.

Other than that, I am impressed by the ISO performance of the M240, it is very decent at 3200. I don't see the need for an M10 improved in this area. From the haptics point of view, the M240 does feel oversized and not very easy to hold firmly (the weight adds to this).

I ended up buying more film...
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Re: Leica M viewfinder letdown ?

Postby Ulf » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:00 am

You have posted this in Phase One and Leaf legacy support.
I am not sure this really belongs here as your post is neither regarding Phase One or Leaf....
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