Leica CM with the same lens as the Minilux

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Mimi

Does anybody know whether there will also be a new Minilux Zoom (Leica CM Zoom)?
 

gob

Member
The specs are looking good! (courtesy of photo.net)
-Top speed 1/1000
-Improved viewfinder (possible that aperture and speed in the finder)
-18% smaller than Minilux
-Hot shoe for external flash (Work with the SCA flash adapter 3502 of M7 and R9). There are reports of a new flash SF24D
-Manual focusing with three leds (2 arrows and one dot)
-Made in germany
-Available mid november 2003.

If it accepted filters that would pretty much clinch the deal for me.
 

gob

Member
The specs are looking good! (courtesy of photo.net)
-Top speed 1/1000
-Improved viewfinder (possible that aperture and speed in the finder)
-18% smaller than Minilux
-Hot shoe for external flash (Work with the SCA flash adapter 3502 of M7 and R9). There are reports of a new flash SF24D
-Manual focusing with three leds (2 arrows and one dot)
-Made in germany
-Available mid november 2003.

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If it accepted filters that would pretty much clinch the deal for me.
 

mattinasi

Well-Known Member
The faster shutter speed is most welcomed. I just hope that they did not drop the aperture-priority mode, as on the Minilux Zoom - that makes the camera much more useful to me. And a flash shoe! How brilliant!!!

Thanks for the extra info, - marc
 

gjames52

Well-Known Member
Marc:

They did not drop aperture-priority, it also allows for manual aperture setting and focus.

Leica posted the camera today on their website including specifications and views of all sides.

Regards
Gilbert
 
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imageneer

Hi there......

any idea about the price and disponibility for Europe?. I'm very interested
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Thanks in advance.
 

mattinasi

Well-Known Member
I love the look of the CM, but I'm struggling to find the major advantages over the Minilux. I heard that the CM is ~$1000 USD, whereas a Minilux can be had for about 40% of that figure.

So far I see the 1/1000 shutter speed and the external flash shoe as big advantages, and the shiftable program mode as a small but useful change. Other than that, it is just the cosmetics that make me think I'd want this over my Minilux.

Also, the specs say the CM is passive AF - I believe the Minilux is active AF. Can anyone confirm or deny this? The Leica site does not indicate this detain on the Minilux pages.

Cheers! - marc
 
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ninekit

From the Leica web site, I can still see the active AF IR emitter / receiver, so if your information about passive AF is accurate, it could be like the Contax G2, use hybrid AF to take the benefit of both world.
 

gob

Member
'I'm struggling to find the major advantages over the Minilux' -marc

I guess it depends on what features you use most. To me, all of the new features are totally obvious, major advantages over the minilux. Better viewfinder, faster shutter, hot shoe.... pretty significant! Not just a slight mode of the mini. These are all features I wanted when I had the minilux so, when it died, I replaced it with T3. Too bad no filter compatability though. I would want to use it for B&W and filters would make it that much more versatile. Though I haven't seen a picture of how the lens retracts into the body, you think they could develope a simple slip on adapter system, for use when the lens is extended.
 

immortalcam

New Member
From what I gather on the official Leica site, it is definitely a passive phase focus system. It says so in the technical specs. However, the focus system looks very similiar to the T3 which is primarily passive with the active AF for low light focus.
 

mattinasi

Well-Known Member
Hi Graham,

You are, of course, absolutely correct. I guess I just don't see the flash shoe, faster shutter and viewfinder display of aperture and shutter speed being worth that much, especially if I give up active AF for passive. Heck, I have gotten used to the speed / aperture display on the camera top already ;-) BUT, I still look forward to trying one out - I'm such a Leica-geek! I love my Minilux, and though the CM looks to be a great little camera, I cannot say I am very compelled to trade-up based on the features alone. We'll see when they hit the stores though...

Cheers! - marc
 

f16

Member
I think the most significant change is the styling.

The Minilux has the viewfinder, rangefinder and light meter behind one window. The CM has separate windows, similar to a Leica M.
 
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billpalmer

Anyone know if you can default the flash to "off"..? Until and unless that is possible, my T2 stays...

Regards,

Bill
 
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billpalmer

UK price and availability - £690, end November.

Still don't know if you can default the flash to "off"...

Regards,

Bill
 
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richard_s

The 1/1000 shutter speed is a big plus, to better take advantage of the fairly fast lens to get a shallow DOF. If the flash defaults to off, I may get one to replace my Minilux, which was stolen last year. (The burgler who broke into my home took the Minilux but left my M6 kit, which was right beside it.)
 
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leong

I would love to see Leica upgrade the Minilux Zoom to something that includes all the bells and whistles of the new CM (i.e. aperture priority, exposure compensation, large and bright viewfinder etc), plus the option of using filters, and a 28mm (f3.5 at least) to 70mm (or 80mm)lens. I'll throw away my Contax stuff if Leica comes up with something like this.
 
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leong

My prayers have been answered. I am gonna sell whatever Contax P&S stuff that I have.
 
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