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IF I could design the Leica M7..eh...M8

This page was originally written in  October 1999.   The M7 appeared in February 2002, the MP in February 2003

My 1999 M7 Wish List which APPEARED on the M7 in 2002

My 1999 M7 Wish List which APPEARED on the MP in 2003

Leica GREATLY expanded the M7's capabilities by going outside the company to use the considerable flash expertise of Metz to produce an excellent M7 flash -- far beyond the embarrassingly limited SF-20

My M7 Wish List which have NOT appeared on the M7 YET

My M7 Wish List that will have to wait until the M8

Please note that for this camera to be made, no new technology would have to be invented.  It has all been done before, just not in the same camera!

In today's industrial world, the reality of it in my opinion is that such an M8 could  only be easily and economically made in Japan, by another manufacturer.  The KEY to Leicanut acceptance of a high quality M8 made by say, Cosina, would be that the body would NOT be marketed under any other name or any other form, and that the camera is made in Germany.  Leica nuts will never take a Japanese made Leica M to their hearts, just look at the excellent but not accepted by the Leica faithful Minolta CLE and Konica RF.   Wetzlar would be a nice place for a new M7 factory.

Let me make it clear ALL of the above is just a mental exercise.  I have NO inside information on any new Leica M.   I just like dreaming about it.


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