Adapted lenses: being rational.

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Rol Lei Nut Senior Member • Posts: 2,702
Re: Adapted lenses: being rational.

Belgarchi wrote:

Rol Lei Nut wrote:

Belgarchi wrote:

Interesting... my book about Leica M lenses was printed in 1980, when the 21/3.4 was still a 'classic' design... and causing problems with the M5 light measurement cell, placed on an 'arm' in front of the shutter.

It is probably why Leica went to a retro-focus design, not to improve I.Q.

Actually not: the M5 was only made between 1971 and 1975 and was considered to be a great failure. No other Leica M body has had a metering arm or any other light path impediment since.

Just nitpicking here, but some Leica aficionados consider the M5 as the best M ever, and a pity that Leica didn't follow up.

https://asingulareye.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/leica-m5-fabulous-or-failure/

https://www.cameraquest.com/m5.htm

It's a nice camera in iteself, but it doesn't have the same feel as the classical M line (some people do like bigger cameras though). More seriously, it almost put Leica out of the camera business...

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