Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/03/29

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Subject: Re: Leica longevity, Leica's future
From: (Charles E. Dunlap)
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 16:02:16 -0800

>In message <>, Michael Reichmann
><> writes
>>One need only look at the used equipment shelves of major photo dealers
>>around the world to see what equipment is available -- 10, 20, 30, 40 or
>>more years old.  Not collector's items per se, but simply usable cameras.
>>What does one see more than anything else?
>>Right! <g>
>>Now compare this to the percentage of the total camera market that Leica
>>Enough said.
>I'm sorry, you've lost me now. I am well aware that Leica makes a small
>fraction of cameras and lenses that are made by the Japanese companies
>that mass-produce them; I think probably everybody on this email group
>knows that. I have no personal insecurity about that; there will always
>be companies that cater for the top end of the market. What I don't
>understand is- what point you are trying to make.
>joe b.

The point seems to be that compared to the number of Leicas manufactured
they represent a disproportionate number of the used cameras available in
the stores that the original poster has been in. His explanation seems to
be that Leica's are much more likely to last than other cameras. That could