i am posting this for Mitch as he has gone over to the dark side and got an M8.2 (since i'm the one who suggested he start an online petition, it's the least i can do). he has posted it on forums elsewhere, but i wanted to make sure as many people saw this as possible and you all started my M8 lust. i realise the new craze is for the G1, but some of us (me!) are still holding out for a digital M and this fight is near and dear to my heart. even i you have gone through the hassle and expense of coding all your lenses, please please please sign this petition for the sake of future M8/M8.2 owners.
There has been extensive discussion of Leica's use of lens coding to identity lenses to the M8. Many of us feel that this is an extremely inconvenient and costly solution for the user and that this should be done, more simply, by providing for it in the M8 firmware, which is easy to implement. Accordingly, I have written an online petition to Andreas Kaufmann and Leica, which reads as follows:
While Leica's solution of coding lenses in order to identify them to the camera may have made sense at the time the M8 was introduced, today a better solution is available. Nikon deals with lens identification in firmware, by simply allowing the used to enter the focal length and maximum aperture of the lens. With such a facility available in the M8 firmware the user would not have to send lenses away for coding, which is not only relatively expensive but is also bothersome in that the lenses have to be sent away and may not be received back for some time; it is also often onerous for Leica M8 users who do not live in Europe and North America, in that lens shipment is more costly, takes longer and involves troublesome customs clearance when the lenses are shipped back.
We therefore call on Dr Andreas Kaufmann and Leica to institute an M8 lens identification system in firmware, preferably on an open-system basis for all lenses or at least for all Leica lenses that can be used on the M8.
You can sign the petition at the following link, and I encourage you to list in the Comment field the Leica-M camaras that you own:
Initiate lens identification in Leica M8 firmware Petition : [ powered by iPetitions.com ]
My feeling is that, as this matter has been discussed so extensively, there is no need to discuss it here further. Please sign the petition if you support this initiative.