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This is a personal experience report. In June of 2013 after some months of waiting I finally and unexpectedly received two phone calls: one for a Leica M Typ 240 and one for the unobtanium Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH: two brand-new items in very high demand representing the very latest and best of Leica M technology.
Given the extreme cost of this gear, it would be natural to assume that it would be perfect right out of the box. This is a bad assumption with any gear, but particularly so with Leica M gear: past travails (hardly a complete list) include a maladjusted lens (28/2.8 Elmarit) and a loose lens element (21/3.4 SEM).
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Since 2009, Diglloyd Guide to Leica is the authoritative review and reference for Leica M lenses: Leica M, Zeiss ZM, Voigtlander, as well as Leica M digital bodies. Leica S is also included.
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