APS-C Leica T type 701 to be announced in April

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bosjohn
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Re: APS-C Leica T type 701 to be announced in April
In reply to brudy, 6 months ago

it was not until the Leitz patents ran out in the late eighties that their rangefinder was ever equalled

if you had the contaxes and retinas etc from the sixties and seventies you could easily see the difference. Until the patents ran out no other range finder I am aware of would do both split image and coincident image measurement in the same unit. Range finders in the sixties and seventies were either split image or coincident. When the Mamaya six came out it was the first to use the Leitz design which allowed both functions.

in any event the range finder view finder assembly is a major expensive bit of work whether or not you think its over priced. I have owned any number of range finder cameras including retinas, contax, plaubel, zeiss super ikonta this and that, canon nikon S and other assorted range finder cameras none of these had a range finder even close to what was in the Leica M. One of the big reasons that the slr took over so quickly is that no one could come close to the M leica range finder view finder. here is a quote from the canon historical site.

" It was reported that the Canon's engineers who saw the Leica M3 for the first time were greatly shocked by the level of perfection in the camera as represented by the brightness and visibility of its viewfinder as well as by the accuracy its range finder,"  it is ironic that the perfection of the M3 was also the event which almost killed off the range finder camers  as now canon nikon and others gave up on the range finder because they could not really compete and put all their money into the fledgling slr and we all know what happened next.

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