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Old 10-29-2018   #20
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I am aware that some compromises were made in that decade. Famously the Leica M4.2 was regarded as being a notch below the earlier Leicas in build quality due to the use of inferior materials including zinc top plate and plastic. I have no personal experience of the M4.2 but I did own an M4P and can say that I came to regard it as being of poorer quality than my M3. (But then again what camera is equal to that beauty?). I recall for example that the flash sync port assembly was poorly designed and made with a plastic interior mount which was inclined to crack and break away with use causing the port exterior assembly to fall off. For what was one of the most expensive 35mm cameras available I thought this intolerable.
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