Minilux II wish List

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Posted by Justin Scott

The Minilux is essential when projecting slides on a big screen, particularly alongside other Leica slides. I returned the Ricoh, lovely camera that it is, when projected the slides were distinguishable from the Minilux.

I agree with Graham the Minilux could do with a faster shutter and I have added a much needed lens-hood which made a noticeable improvement to the colour saturation and contrast.
 
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I agree with you both. Here is my Minilux 2 wish list: shutter to 1/1000th and not overridden to a slower value in program. Slightly larger buttons on the top, larger viewfinder, clear display of shutter speed and aperture in the finder, easy attachment of filters and hood (bayonet like the T3), and offer black chrome as a regular issue. Not such a tough list and would greatly increase sales of the Minilux. Lens? Leave it alone!

Pie in the sky list? Spot metering as well as averaging, full manual override, and hotshoe like the Zoom.
 
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Charles hit the nail on the head. I know of lots of high end P&S aficionados who would jump to get that camera. Can someone forward this request to Leica R&D? ;-) I just fear that the 35 format will be side-lined for digital.
 
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Posted by Charles Fralick on Monday, October 14, 2002 - 2:36 pm:

I agree with you both. Here is my Minilux 2 wish list: shutter to 1/1000th and not overridden to a slower value in program. Slightly larger buttons on the top, larger viewfinder, clear display of shutter speed and aperture in the finder, easy attachment of filters and hood (bayonet like the T3), and offer black chrome as a regular issue. Not such a tough list and would greatly increase sales of the Minilux. Lens? Leave it alone!

Pie in the sky list? Spot metering as well as averaging, full manual override, and hotshoe like the Zoom.

Charles, I think you just almost described the M7.

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Well, isn't that the goal of a posh Point and Shoot? The ideal point and shoot would offer image quality on par with system cameras but with more automation and compact size. I would argue that and enhanced Minilux would be MORE capable than an M7 with a single lens. My T3 is pretty darn close and my Minilux only needs a little tweaking to become the mini M7 that I would like to have.
 
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> Posted by Charles Fralick on Monday, October 14, 2002 - 5:38 pm: > > Well, isn't that the goal of a posh Point and Shoot? The ideal point > and shoot would offer image quality on par with system cameras but > with more automation and compact size. I would argue that and enhanced > Minilux would be MORE capable than an M7 with a single lens. My T3 is > pretty darn close and my Minilux only needs a little tweaking to > become the mini M7 that I would like to have.

Charles, I quite agree; I think my minilux actually takes a little more thought to use (successfully) than my M6.

Erwin Puts says about it: "Overall, it is a fine camera, which is suitable to cover many an assignment where now the M-system is used and exlploiting its potential is a joy and a challenge. I might be tempted to say that the mastering of the Minilux is the final exam for becoming an experienced Leica user."

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Since there started already a kind of wish list in the other Minilux thread, I decided to move these messages into this new thread.

What would be on your wish list for the new Minilux/minilux zoom models, if they should come?

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I wish for a waterproof minilux. Also a faster shutter speed, a set filters and a way to attach them, and the ability to take time exposures.
 
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Smaller body and faster shutter speed is all it needs to become a fixed lens M camera.
 
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Faster shutter speed and a lenshood; Available in titanium and black.

Turkey skinned for the collectors.
 
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Technically I think that you've got the Minilux ll pretty well covered. Thank you, and I hope that Leica is reading this.
All I would add is I'd like the flash setting to be 'sticky' like the EV setting already is. If I set the flash to how I want it (off) and then switch the camera off and back on again later I still want the flash like I left it.
Also rethink the red light green light thing. They carry too much information and are not easily remembered. I onlly use my camera from time to time and I always need to check in the book just what those lights mean!
Cosmetics and marketing: sell it direct over the internet and in a range of colors: titanium, black, old worn black, safari green, dark blue... and with a range of grips: black leather, black rubber, clear 'rubber'... and encourage people to mix and match. Of course shops could order cameras for stock in color combinations they thought they could sell - just like garages pre-order cars in popular specifications.
Offer laser engraving like Apple does with the iPod. People might like their name tastefully engraved, or if the camera was a gift the giver might engrave 'Happy 21st Birthday' or whatever.
Offer brand name deletion. No 'Leica' in big white letters on the front. Just like BMW does with its cars. I see that Henri C-B has blacked-out the white writing on his Minilux.
USB connection to databack. Set the date and time via your computer and just have a simple on/off switch on the databack. And while we're at it add a caption from your computer too. Maybe we'd write 'Vacation, Paris 2003' or 'Fujichrome 100 Film Test'...
Offer downloadable additional programs. So you could have the standard program in your camera and download from Leica a 'Sports' program or 'Available Light' program and switch between the standard and the alternative programs.
Leica should make a community of loyal clients like Apple or Lexus do by 'going the extra mile'. If the camera needs repair or service send a loan camera with film. Any film manufacturer would jump at the chance. Send customers little presents from time time, a cleaning cloth, a mouse mat, a pen...
 

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Just heard some (hopefully reliable) speculation on photo.net that Leica may introduce a new Minilux. If this is true, lets hope they have incorporated several of the above modifications.
I'm already deciding which existing gear to sell.
 

renel

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Indeed, Leica CM is coming! A 2,4/40 mm P&S, similar to the M-Series, with either manual and program mode. Probably it's the objecitv from the Minilux.

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$N12576, where there's also a picture. Leica themself don't tell anything on their website up to now.
 

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It doesn't mention any changes. It does say something about being their first point n'shoot made in Germany. Not sure if my translator was very accurate, but it seems like a Minilux with a very light facelift. The viewfinder and sensors are now visable rather than being blacked-out, more like the T3.
 

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Did Leica read my Jan 2003 post (above) and take some of my ideas for Leica a la Carte?

I think they did!

Recognition in the form of an a la carte MP would be very nice...
 

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Recognition in the form of an a la carte MP would be very nice...

It sure would.

Most of my direct contributions to manufactures and government agencies were stolen or subverted.

Good Luck to you.

Gilbert
 
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