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I'm pretty happy with mine, too.   In the 3 1/2 years I've had it I haven't missed any of the features that differentiate the 262 from the 240.  It was the right M for me.

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Bought my M262 in October 2016 and been very happy with it. I didn't need the video recording facility as on my mother cameras which have it a X-Vario and a V-Lux 3 I have hardly ever used it. Just not into moving images. Though with hindsight it might have been better to have bough the  M240  for the live view facility to be able to use lenses wider than 28mm. That was something I didn't think of!

Originally buying the 262 with a 35mm Summicron and 75mm Summarit, after a year I felt like getting a wider lens and 24mm seemed to offer a significant difference to the 35mm.

But then realised I couldn't unless I bought an external  which would have added to the awkwardness of using the camera and significant extra cost thus I ended up buying a 28mm Elmarit which I tend to use quite a bit now. 

As a result I have been toying with the idea of buying  a new ME240 as a second body which now seems significantly less than what I paid for the M262!  . 

John

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On 7/7/2019 at 6:33 PM, kivis said:

I love that lens you've got with it too.  Do you see any difference in the images between an M9/M-E and a M262?

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8 hours ago, Ray Vonn said:

I love that lens you've got with it too.  Do you see any difference in the images between an M9/M-E and a M262?

I have both. M262 pluses, among others, include better image quality performance in the ISO 1600-3200 range. Way, WAY better battery performance. More accurate view/rangefinder image as the M9 frame lines are the old M6 style, based on image captured at shortest distance so the image actually captured is always much more vs. the M262 finder lines that are much more accurate at normal distances. Much smoother/nicer/more quiet shutter release. Way better back LCD/image review experience.

The M262 brought the Leica M into the more current/modern world in terms of user experience while retaining the singularity of still image capture only. No live view/movie cr@p modes I would never use.

John, regarding that 24mm lens, and assuming you're talking the f3.8 Elmar, that lens is probably the sharpest I own with a perfect angle of view for how I shoot. Here's three from two days ago. The plastic 24mm finder with the locking foot is easy to use. I often just leave it plugged into the camera no matter what lens I am using, unless I go to something even wider.

 

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No frills and simple menu. Excellent performance up to 3200. The quiet shutter is the most significant feature for me.

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On 7/13/2019 at 10:17 AM, Gregm61 said:

John, regarding that 24mm lens, and assuming you're talking the f3.8 Elmar, that lens is probably the sharpest I own with a perfect angle of view for how I shoot. Here's three from two days ago. The plastic 24mm finder with the locking foot is easy to use. I often just leave it plugged into the camera no matter what lens I am using, unless I go to something even wider.

Yes that is the lens.

You mean it comes with a finder?!

I just presumed that after buying the lens one had to pay around £600 for the bright line finder on top of the cost of the lens! That really put me off.

I  could never understand why these cost so much - when for instance the Monovid monocular which must be much more complex piece of kit costs around 45% less! 

If I had known it had come with a plastic finder I would have bought the lens! I have bought most of my M kit from Leica Manchester and they don't mention a viewfinder being supplied - I never thought to ask anyone. 

Hence I thought getting an ME240 would solve the viewfinder issue if I decided to buy the 24mm at a later date.

Anyway thanks for the info.

John

 

 

 

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No finder included. They never are unless some individual is selling a lens/finder set second-hand. I had to run mine down on eBay.

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I never found it necessary to have a mounted finder. The fov fills the rangefinder window and that's it! It is an excellent lens for wide-angle photography and well priced.

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On 7/12/2019 at 9:21 PM, Ray Vonn said:

I love that lens you've got with it too.  Do you see any difference in the images between an M9/M-E and a M262?

Yes. But I can't say better or worse. The M9 seemed to be better for high contrast while the M 262 is creamier. 

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On 7/13/2019 at 5:17 AM, Gregm61 said:

I have both. M262 pluses, among others, include better image quality performance in the ISO 1600-3200 range. Way, WAY better battery performance. More accurate view/rangefinder image as the M9 frame lines are the old M6 style, based on image captured at shortest distance so the image actually captured is always much more vs. the M262 finder lines that are much more accurate at normal distances. Much smoother/nicer/more quiet shutter release. Way better back LCD/image review experience.

The M262 brought the Leica M into the more current/modern world in terms of user experience while retaining the singularity of still image capture only. No live view/movie cr@p modes I would never use.

John, regarding that 24mm lens, and assuming you're talking the f3.8 Elmar, that lens is probably the sharpest I own with a perfect angle of view for how I shoot. Here's three from two days ago. The plastic 24mm finder with the locking foot is easy to use. I often just leave it plugged into the camera no matter what lens I am using, unless I go to something even wider.

 

Agree with all of the above. My next purchase will be the 24mm f3.8 Elmar.

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