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Re: filmscanners: Digicams again was Re: filmscanners: Minolta DiMAGE Scan & Dimage 7 camera



Sort of.  There were three iterations of this basic design, two as the
Leica CL, and last as the Minolta CLE.  The first were collaborations
between Leica and Minolta with a mechanical shutter and sort of wonky
metering mechanics.  Never really like that camera personally because
of that.  Minolta and Leitz parted company in the last design, and
Minolta used a modern electronic shutter and added a 28mm lens to the
CL's 40 and 90.  The whole package was (is) very very pretty if you
like efficient design.  Unfortunately, Minolta pulled the plug on the
CLE after a few years.  I suppose it went under appreciated in it's
time, and even today Leica aficionado's will distain it as a "lady's
camera" because of it's compact size.  Distain away I say, I prefer
the Minolta CLE to M Leicas personally.

I could go on, but since this is off topic I'll give a link to a site
with more CLE (and other Leica) info.

http://www.cameraquest.com/cle.htm

Dave


----- Original Message -----
From: Arthur Entlich <artistic@ampsc.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 4:03 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Digicams again was Re: filmscanners:
Minolta DiMAGE Scan & Dimage 7 camera


> Am I mistaken, or wasn't the Minolta CLE also sold in a different
skin
> as a Leica?
>
> Dave King wrote:
>
> >
> > I'm a big Minolta CLE fan also.  I sold my Leica M camera years
ago to
> > get one.  It doesn't have the build quality of an M, and the auto
> > exposure shutter electronics can be finicky (don't shoot in the
> > rain:), but for sheer image quality vs camera size and ease of use
> > there has never been better IMHO.
> >
> > Dave King
>
>




 




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