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      Hello everybody, question about S 007 vs M10R + 50mm APO.
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    • By Milan_S
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    • By KdB
      Here's the story of a photographer who thought Leica was a serious camera company who cares about their trustful customers.
       
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    • By Coppereye1960
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    • By ZHNL
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      Must have (For me or for market need):
       
      1. Mirrorless is fine as long as it can make it cheaper, smaller and attract more customers, but it has to offer lag free shutter and at least as good as SL EVF with fast refresh rate. This is essential.  I believe Leica will make it right given how much effort it give to S's OVF and SL's EVF. 
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