Leica Mini M

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Toccata47 Senior Member • Posts: 2,800
Re: Doubt it is literally "Mini"

D Cox wrote:

I think the Leitz lenses are the main reason to use a Leica.

Until recently, the rangefinder was the most accurate way to focus. But it has a major disadvantage - it has to be made with very high precision as it is not a direct readout from the focal plane.

Now, we have Live View and peaking, which show you the sharpness of the image on the sensor itself. This removes all need for calibration of mirrors and lenses. It is simpler, cheaper and better.

One advantage of peaking is that it shows the focus over the whole image, and not just in a patch in the centre.

An advantage of an EVF over the traditional Leica viewfinder is that it can be used with long tele lenses, or for macro work, or with the camera on a microscope. On the other hand, the view is less "clean" and more like a TV.

Well, mirrorless broke the "m" monopoly wrt leitz lenses. Rangefinder focusing on a camera is hardly the most accurate or reliable way to focus. Calibration issues aside, when was the last time you heard "zone focus" and "slr" in the same sentence?

Of course an evf pulls the slack with long lenses, but "peaking" is less accurate and even less reliable than using a rangefinder and is nearly useless below f2.8.

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