Leica Motor-M #14408 (due 2/01)

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by rowlett, Nov 9, 2000.

  1. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    What a cool item this looks to be, and I think I'll snatch one when they become available in February. I didn't know it features an integral handle, and how compact it seems to be. From 1.5 to 3 frames per second. Looks like Tamarkin will have it for $649. Anybody share my enthusiasm?
     
  2. I'm not sure about enthusiasm, but definitely interest. The M winder
    has always been such a loser, I've been waiting to hear some reports
    on this forum regarding te M motor.

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    Just to pull your chain a little, Tony, but I remember when the
    Photokina thread came up, you disregarded the M motor and said "bah
    humbug" on the latest crop of new Leica offerings.
     
  3. Yep, you got me there. And I've surprised myself. Actually, it's the
    small size and handle that are so interesting to me. I've never
    really doubted the nicety of being able to get off that second shot so
    soon after the person thinks it's over. PLUS, I'm afraid the really
    nice photograph of it (mounted on a .58 M6 TTL) in the recent Tamarkin
    flyer has gotten me.
     
  4. It looks a very nice item to me and will make the Leica M compete
    with the Hexar - and yet still maintain manual operation when
    required. I have never had much use for autowinders. Although now I
    am taking pictures of my daughter I do think of buying an R-winder
    for my R6.2 as it might help to capture her elusive expressions that
    are so charming.
     
  5. Last week I had a chance to try the new winder at a Leica day in
    Glasgow. The Leica rep let me fit it to my M6 body for comparison to
    the M-grip. It is very compact and is not very heavy but having never
    tried a winder on an M body before I was surprised with the shutter
    release pulsing up and down as the winder cycled the shutter.
    In actual fact it put me off this item a litle since I was expecting
    it to be like the R- series winders.
    I am now thinking of an "Abrahamsson rapidwinder." Has anyone any
    operating comments on this item?
     
  6. I have one of Tom A's Rapidwinders, and just got the grip he designed
    for it as well. Frankly, I'm not as enthusiastic as most other users
    of this accessory. My complaints are:

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    1. It's too big. I like my Leicas the size they come out of the box,
    though I prefer the handling with the M-grip. The Rapidwinder bulks
    the camera up noticeably, and without a grip it's just too big for
    comfort.

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    2. It's not all that "Rapid". The time it takes to wind the film and
    re-steady the camera isn't much shorter than just using my thumb.

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    3. It's a royal pain to use in vertical shots. I'd much rather use
    my thumb.

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    4. It still takes two hands to use the camera, unlike a true motor -
    where you can use one hand to hang on with and still bang off a bunch
    of frames.

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    I "kitted up" my .85 the other night with the Rapidwinder, Rapidgrip
    and a 90/2.0 - I felt like I was carrying a Nikon F5. This is not my
    idea of the "Leica Experience" :-/

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    I just got a Hexar RF (which has perfect focussing BTW) and I really
    like the motorized aspect of it. The motor adds nothing to the size
    of the camera (which is the same size as a bare Leica), it's plenty
    quiet, the camera stays rock steady between shots, and the release
    doesn't "pulse" like the Leica with a winder. You can feel this
    pulsing with the Rapidwinder too, but it's less of an issue.

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    The new motor will be way better than the old Winder-M - lighter,
    smaller, quieter, faster and much more ergonomic. But it will have to
    go some to be more appealing in use than a Hexar RF.

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    I had a .58 and a new motor on order until I got my Hexar. Now
    they're on indefinite hold. The Hexar and a .85 M6 are my current
    kit. I'll put the money I'm saving towards the new 28/2.0.
     
  7. After using my Leica Motor M for a few days now (and taking more
    pictures as a direct result, I think), I am slightly annoyed at
    the shutter button "pulsing up and down" (pointed out by
    Alan Stokes above) during shooting. It
    doesn't seem natural, and it makes me feel like I have camera movement
    during a sequence of shots. Some film development soon will tell.
    Other than that, I really love it with the grip. It doesn't add that
    much height to the body, and I feel like taking more pictures.
     

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