Tuesday, July 17, 2012


The recent article in “Leica Rumors” titled “Is this the Leica M10” 
(see: http://gmpphoto.blogspot.com/2012/07/is-this-new-leica-m10.html and http://leicarumors.com/2012/07/13/is-this-the-leica-m10.aspx/sparked a lively discussion.  In the spy photographs it appears as if the “M10” is larger than its predecessors, something I find very doubtful at best.  The debacle over the Leica M5, which was indeed larger than the M4, should dispel any arguments that Leica would be willing to make the same mistake again.  That impression about the size brought out a number of arguments regarding the size of the M9/M9-P compared to the Leica M7 and Leica MP.  Here are some of the comments:

I started using the M9 for about six months nonstop and one day I picked up the MP and it felt tiny in comparison.

…the embarrassment of the obese body line to tactile fingers.

To me my M9 simply feels like a fake Leica.

…the M8- and M9-series are mere bricks to hands that are trained to fine tune film-Leicas

I never thought that there was any noticeable size difference between those cameras.  To be sure, I looked up the actual data on these cameras.  They are:

M9/ M9-P  139 x 37 x 80 mm, 585 grams
MP  138 x 38 x 79.5 mm, 585 grams
M7  138 x 38 x 77 mm, 610 grams

This clearly shows that those criticisms were solely made for the sake of criticism.  They certainly have no bearing on the facts regarding those cameras.  It must be indeed very tactile fingers that are able to sense these slight differences in dimension to the extent of warranting the above comments.

Why is it that some people feel compelled to blabber in a way that ultimately makes an ass of them? 


  1. Isn't this kind of harsh? Are you saying that people don't have a right to criticize Leica equipment?

  2. Of course people have a right to criticize Leica, but any such criticism should be based on facts. The above examples hardly fall in that category. Subsequently I don't feel at all that my comments are harsh. There appears to be a number of individuals that make it their task to criticize Leica every step of the way, and they don't allow facts get in their way at all.

  3. I took a look at Leica rumors and the M10 article. Just by looking at some very fuzzy pictures these self appointed experts are already able to tell all the things that will be wrong with that camera. Considering the BS regarding the camera sizes, I have to think that the other complaints are just as out of line.

  4. The comment stating "the M8- and M9-series are mere bricks to hands that are trained to fine tune film-Leicas" appears to indicate the real reason for these unfounded criticisms. The comments seem to made by some old fogies that cannot handle the fact that digital photography has all but replaced film photography. They try to hang on to their old stuff, which they have every right to do. But to make up a bunch of nonsense just to make them appear right is nothing more than BS.