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The first one showed serious electronic problems,leading to a complete lock of all functions. The only solution was to take off the battery, wait half a minute, put the battery in place again, and reset the camera. The camera was exchanged by my dealer against a new one.
The second one also shows some electronic problems. When ON, the camera sometimes loose all its settings (flash mode, date, exposure correction). As this happens only "sometimes", I am still using it for the moment, but I intend to sent it back for repair.
Apart from this, the lens is good and the camera is working well. But I am a bit disappointed by the quality.
Dear all, this may be off-topic, but hope you can still help. I've got a minilux, which I still love the ease of use and good quality. Just wonder if any of you experience a weird problem that it often rewind the film roll halfway its finished, which could be quite annoying when I run tight in films. May I ask if anyone know if this is a common problem and will it cost big to get it rectified by Leica? Thanks a million. Rgds, Andy
I just received a Leica CM Zoom,
and I am disappointed, particularly for a $1200 camera.
Maybe I was expecting too much; a mini-M7 it is not.
To start, is is a bit plastiky;
the main control wheel, the focus wheel, and the
aperature wheel do not
have very positive detents; iE) easy to knock the
focus wheel off Auto focus.
The lens cap has no way to connect it to the camera;
so be prepared to lose it. The idea of a point
and shoot is just that; you do not want to be trying to find a place to put your lens cap;
a little loop would have been nice in order that
you could tie it to the camera.
The viewfinder is extremely small; a one time use camera has
a easier to view-through viewfinder. to be fair, it is sharp,
but way too small. I do not see any reason why they made it
so small; move your head off center 1 mm and you will be out of the window.
The LCD screen is unevenly lighted and looks
"stuck on" as an afterthought. It also looks like they copied a 20 year design; no kidding.
When I put the battery in, I used a coin to open the door as shown in the instruction manual, and the metal of the battery door started to deform!! The metal is softer than a US quarter!! You would think they would use a harder metal, OR, include a little tool, OR advise you use something other than a coin, like a wood or plastic tool to avoid marring the door. So, within five minutes
of getting my hands on it, it has a ding in
I have not shot any photos, but I am sure the lens is high quality.
Most $399 digital cameras are better built than this retro film camera.
Last, it is a bit blocky in shape; does not
fit the hand that well, IMHO.
I guess what you are paying for is a nice lens stuck on a not so nice body.
I would say that this little point and shoot is more in the $500-600 dollar value/price range, definitely NOT worth $1200.
I may return it and just get a new M7.
On the other hand, maybe I will run a couple
of rolls through it and think about it some more.
Any comments out there? Go for the minilux??