Photographic gear for M-Mount without the Leica M price tag: That is what many wish for. The Macfilos series, “The M Files”, collects information and experience about such products, mainly cameras and lenses. Two years after its start, ithas become a substantial knowledge base. But now it is time to bring some things in order andcreate our new M Files Navigator.
One thing first: The Leica M system is magnificent and enjoys an almost religious veneration. But it’s expensive to the degree that you need to be a worshipper to justify one or the other purchase. And it is my conviction that committed amateurs without a Leica-compatible wallet should also have access to rangefinder photography. What luck that many products with M-Mount are more accessible than the Leica M bodies and their Summicrons and -luxes.
For several years now, I have been working with M-Mount gear that is not part of the Leica M system. Some cameras and lenses were excellent; others turned out to be average. I used cameras and/or lenses from Zeiss, Voigtländer, Minolta, Konica, and Rollei. The project is ongoing, with several new episodes per year. But it has all become a bit convoluted, and that’s where our new M Files Navigator comes in.
Our The M Files Navigator gives easy access to loads of information
The Navigator is this very article, and you will find an overview of all products reviewed so far. The list is in the following order: First, cameras by brand; second, lenses by focal length and maximum aperture; third, articles about accessories and finally, a quick list of all episodes in the order of publication. The products will be described in one sentence; if you want to know more, just click on the link or the product image. In the German language, the articles appear on www.messsucherwelt.com. You will also find all the links to the German texts, always marked “Teil xx”.
What’s behind the M Files Project
Our M Files navigator will be updated with every future episode. And it will be the platform to access all content from every single part of the series. I want to remind you that The M Files is an independent, strictly non-commercial project. I receive no benefits from any manufacturer or dealer. The products I write about are my own or, in many cases, loans from private persons. I am no influencer and no propaganda exponent. And I hope you find our new M Files Navigator helpful.
Another example how Minolta reworked the Leitz designs. If f/4 suits you, a great and affordable choice. Part 8 | Teil 8
The M Files Navigator, Part 3: Accessories
Get your framing right: In many cases, an optical or electronic viewfinder is helpful or even indispensable. Also, in this field, there are quite a few options beyond the Leica M system, for example, from Ricoh, Zeiss or… Olympus!
Many older rangefinder cameras have no light meter or a broken built-in unit. Leica once sold the Leicameter, but now there are many third-party attachable light meters. They are the topic of a mini-series, parts one and four.
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