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ed meyers wrote: bob told leitz in 1980 to get out of the camera business. some are saying he was a nut for that statement. i've already proved that as a perfectionist he preferred a rigid to a collapsible lens. now lets look at the leitz condition in 1980. their premier product was a flumoxed version of the superb minolta xdll with cds cell instead of silicon/gallium,etc. the m? the superlative m4 had one of its critical features removed to save a buck--the self-timer, invaluable for slow speed shooting. build quality of the m? the recent posts indicate it even now is below the m4. not having a timetable handy, i dont know when they first decided to flumox my pristine m2 finder with double frame lines, again saving a few bucks. with new frame lines of they would have sold more lenses, adapters, to those who dont like clutter in the viewfinder. i'd just love to hear bob on the sygma--it coulda been a contender-zoom . love to hear him comment on the r8.i found it it unpleasantly plump when first seeing it under ideal conditions in a leica ad. i think he would have agreed with this recent post : "when i first picked the8 up it felt like a pregnant brick." bob didnt mince words ever. his advice to leitz to get out the camera busines where it was loosing its shirt--probably included what money-makers to concentrate.possibly microscopes and who knows what else he suggested. besides a technician he was a very sharp business reporter and evaluator. if alive today his advice to leitz would be on the money just as in 1980 , then he felt correctly that their camera technology was years behind the times and could be fatal to the entire company. here's to Bob:he could be discussing w/gododsy and mannes how kodak put dugal into bankrupsy w/green 120 kodachrome. ralph immediately commented my first on a professional ad possibly making it better looking than it actually is-a pregnant brick.