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    Overview of the M System

    Just posted up an Overview of the M System article.

    A history of the Leica M system, from the M3 to the latest M9-P with a picture of each and some notes.

    We'll continue to add to this of course, but I think it's off to a good start. Basically compiling information from all over the web and several books, etc.
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    Looks good! Nice to see photos of all the M bodies together along with their dates, etc.

    I have a first production run M4-2, before they changed the viewfinder optics from the M4 layout. It has become my favorite M, like it even more than the M4-Ps which were my previous fav. I'm itchy for an M9 now and trying to be patient ... Next year sometime for sure.

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    Thanks!

    Yeah, I wanted to keep it in a sort of "overview" format and keep the info dense and compact. Start with something you can look at and say, "which M is for me?" and go about comparing them. I'm thinking of individual articles on the various bodies or maybe another overview of special editions, etc. We'll see how it goes!

    The problem is, a lot of this information is scattered all over the place. Mostly either very sparse or very lengthy, almost all of it hard to read.

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    Well done. That is a really nice page with excellent photos. Should be a great resource for people who want to get an M body.
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    Well done. That is a really nice page with excellent photos. Should be a great resource for people who want to get an M body.
    Awesome! Really glad you like it, Hausen.

    I was actually toying with the notion of a flowchart, may be more so as a gag... "Do you want a meter? Yes - No..."

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    Great job
    ..I did not know,that model M3 had been launched before model M2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceh View Post
    Great job
    ..I did not know,that model M3 had been launched before model M2.
    Thank you!

    I know, right? Or that the M1 came out after the M2. Luckily things calmed down after these models. Heh.

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    Because jaapv made me... I've added the M1 as a listed camera (with picture).

    I also updated info on early M3/M2 bodies.

    Enjoy.

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    Very nice!

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    Great write up and site... Gonna have to join there too soon.
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    Thanks, guys! Really glad you like the article (and the site).

    By all means, HiredArm - we'll leave the light on for ya.

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    Hey DN. Your site just keeps getting better and better.


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    Yeah I agree it's a cool stop for Leica stuff.
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    Re: Overview of the M System

    Thanks a lot, nowherean and HiredArm! Very much appreciated, and I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner as I just saw your posts.

    ...Updated today to include a section on replacement batteries. Currently covers the M6, M6 TTL, M7 and MP. Digital bodies will be covered shortly.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    Nicely laid out. Thanks once again!

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    Cheers, Gary! Thanks.

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    Made a round of updates, corrections and additions throughout including digital body battery information.

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    Good work! Just wish the family tree picture is in a bit higher resolution to show more details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotoism View Post
    Good work! Just wish the family tree picture is in a bit higher resolution to show more details.
    Thanks, Phil! Yeah, you and me both. That was the best I could find. Though if you click on the image you get a larger one that's correctly oriented... Not sure if you noticed that.

    I'll keep an eye out for a better version and will update when I do.

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    The overview has been updated to include the M Monochrom!

    Overview of the M System

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    real nice! and great site with so much useful info for newbies like me!
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    Thank you - enjoy!

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    Double Negative: Very well done!

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    I wish this article was around when I started getting into RF/Leicas. Better late than never. I enjoyed this article. Thanks.

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    Re: Overview of the M System

    Thanks a lot, guys!

    Wanting a simple rundown of the models was exactly the inspiration for writing it... I figured it would definitely help people (besides just myself) in deciding on one body over another, etc. I'll keep updating it with more info as time goes on of course. Perhaps adding model-specific sub-pages containing ALL the details...

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    Nice work!

    Would it be worth mentioning that the viewfinder magnification for the M9 is x0.68?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisN View Post
    Nice work!

    Would it be worth mentioning that the viewfinder magnification for the M9 is x0.68?
    Thanks a lot!

    Hmm, most definitely! Did I leave that out? Wow...

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    Double Negative - thanks for this public service. What happened between 1975 and 1978? Did the M5 just stick around without sales or did Leica's energies shift to the R system?

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    Thanks, John!

    A little of both, actually. The M5 was floundering - true Leica shooters didn't care for it so much and the sales numbers were disappointing. The R system was a bit of a distraction as well, but gaining some ground. It was the M4-2 that brought Leica back from the dead at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisN View Post
    ...Would it be worth mentioning that the viewfinder magnification for the M9 is x0.68?
    Cris, as per your suggestion (of my glaring oversight, hehe) I've added text to both the M8 and M9 sections mentioning the .68 VF. Thanks!

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    Excellent! Very important to those of us who wear spectacles! I probably missed the reference to VF mag in the M8 information.
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