A masterpiece in the making – your Leica M10 (video)

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  • Nathan Wright

    I wish they’d show the machine processes for the metal parts including the rangefinder.

    • padam

      They might need to move to Portugal to film that.

      • Nathan Wright

        They don’t need to move to Portugal to do that, they just need to film at the factory.

      • Noodle

        You know we have the internets now, they can just hire a local guy and get the footage where it needs to go. 😉

    • ZMWT

      When visitors cannot take photos in Sony’s fab, nor disclose what they saw, that is fine. But when Leica does not show all steps of the manufacturing process of their superior rangefinder camera, that is lame? Why would they show how some things are done?

      • Nathan Wright

        You are reading something completely other into my comment. In no way am I saying it’s lame; in fact, where did I use the word lame? But I’d love to see their machines at work; some people have real CNC wet dreams. That’s it.

        Whatever else you read into my comment is not my problem.

        • ZMWT

          Perhaps I have. Regardless, that they are willing to show some steps in the process, is unprecedented in this otherwise sorry industry.

          • Nathan Wright

            I love that they do this much, though even Fujifilm do that, and Fujifilm are as ‘premium’ as 70% Cacao.

            Leica’s anodising is top notch, as is their machining for small metal parts. I’d just love to see them go from ingots to polished parts. They haven’t to give anything away; everyone knows how but simply won’t commit to the same quality of detail work.

            The fan in me desires to see this.

          • ZMWT

            Schedule a private tour?

          • Nathan Wright

            The difference in reach, image, and advertising a company’s image between a private viewing and a company-run BHTS are worlds apart.

            One of hte things that got me into Leica was their amazing attention to mechanical detail, like nothing Fujifilm or Nikon or Canon have thought of in decades. I’d love to see them showing the bearings under the shutter dial and the plinth holding it into place. They make parts like no one else does and for fans, it would be pure fun to see a few scenes of what they do.

  • John-F

    Thank you Leica Camera AG and M. Seymour for this very interesting video of the making of the Leica M10.

    On a personal note, I was surprised (in a positive way) to discover that Leica is using an FPGA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-programmable_gate_array) chip along with its own ASIC type chip (Leica MAESTRO II).

    Have a look at 1:22 – there it is: the ARTIX-7 FPGA chip from Xilinx. This kind of chip has until now been reserved for very high-end medium format digital backs (Phase One comes to mind). See: https://www.xilinx.com/products/silicon-devices/fpga/artix-7.html

    That the Leica M10 would use both an ASIC chip (Maestro) AND an advanced FPGA chip only confirms what many of us have been thinking for years – Leica means the very highest level of performance and technical advance. Period !

    Can’t wait to see what Leica has in store for its next SL2 …. 😉

  • eric

    Cool video, mezmorizing. I have a new appreciation for their manufacturing process. All those back orders make a lot more sense now.

  • Laud Farter

    I think I saw one with my name on it…

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