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What I really want to do is buy a newer panasonic camera, such as the GF3, and put all of it's internals into my LC1. Is this process even possible?
I know that this thought has been beaten almost to death, and that there have been several attempts to accomplish this, but I would like to gauge interest in a Leica M* conversion. With the new M9, the advances in sensor technology is apparent, and especially with the new Kodak full frame sensors (and micro-lenses to prevent falloff at the edges of the sensor) doing a full-frame Leica M conversion seems to be a possibility. To the extent that I am investing a great deal of time and energy to develop a prototype. I will be using 16 megapixel full-frame Kodak sensors. The product is intended not to be simply a digital back; as there is not really enough room to install all the electronics in the small back door of the M camera, this would be a conversion kit. There would be a new rear door that would house the CCD, and the rear LCD display. Also the bottom film load would be replaced with battery housing/SD card slot, and a processor in the take-up side. These conversions would be intended to be done in-house at first, and then perhaps a kit would be made available for those who would prefer to do it themselves. There would be no modification done to the camera itself, so that the conversion would be fully reversible, and upgradeable. (This is not an offer to sell, it is merely an attempt to gauge interest, and demand before I pour more of my $$ into the project.) My questions for you: 1: What is an acceptable target price to be a reasonably affordable alternative to the M9? Keep in mind, that the sensors alone will be nearly $1000 each from Kodak. 2: Would a lower priced product using a cropped sensor (like the M8) be desired? 3: What feature requests do you have?