Leica M9P viewfinder frame lines

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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:58 am 
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I have a question for Leica M users. Many years ago I shot Leica M film cameras but eventually sold them off, including four beautiful lenses. I recently came back into the Leica fold, with a new M9P and four lenses. The angle of coverage of three of the lenses does not line up accurately with the frame lines in the viewfinder. All three lenses (28, 50, 90) cover a significantly larger area than that indicated in the viewfinder. I sent the camera and all four lenses into Leica USA and they purportedly fixed this issue. The gear came back and the same exact problem exists. Go to the URL below to see photos that clearly illustrates this problem. Can any of you tell me if this is "normal", or, should the viewfinder framing lines, line up precisely with what the lenses actually "see".

http://weidmanphoto.com/leica_m9p_viewfinder_test/

Thanks for your input on this.

Mark Weidman


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:10 pm 
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The frameline distance is set on the M9 for one meter.

Again......it took some getting used to.
I have found, on the M9, that stepping back and capturing slightly more and then cropping a little, was easier for me.


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:18 pm 
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Thanks for all the valuable information, I appreciate it. Think about it, I sent that same online web gallery to Leica service in New Jersey, and then sent large color prints of the images indicating what I perceived to be a discrepancy. No one at Leica service ever informed me this was "normal" but rather implied they had made repairs and adjustments. I will say, when I shot with M4's and M5's years ago, I am fairly certain the viewfinder frame lines were much closer to the lens coverage than this new M9P camera.

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 Post subject: Re: Leica M9P viewfinder frame lines
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:19 am 
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I started with an M8.2 and it was a challenge.
I then graduated to the M9 and by that time I had gotten it down pretty good.
I had to drum into my head for a while....the concept of inside versus outside the frame lines and what the difference was.

These damn cameras are not for the faint of heart.


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