Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/09/27

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Subject: Who use Leica in the world?
From: "Fantoni, Ernesto" <Fantoni@PHIBRED.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 19:43:03 +0200

Lucien vD wrote:
>During my three weeks travel in California, Utah , Nevada etc.., .....


I had exactly the same experience during my 3 weeks staying in the US
from Maine to California. I just saw an M3 in the hands of a woman
photographing a wedding in front of the Cathedral of Chicago. I saw
Canon and Nikon (don't remember how many) and tons of P&Ss.
And I have been in Venice and Florence last week: lots of Americans,
Japaneses, Germans, British, but I have seen no Leicas at all.
When I bought my M6, few months ago, almost nobody, among my friends,
knew this brand (BTW ,after seeing the first rolls the popularity has
Just for comparison (even if not totally consistent): how many times can
you see a Patek Philippe or a Blancpain at somebody's wrist? Very very
few, even if they are "the cream" of the mechanical watches. Why? It's
simple:they make few thousands pieces every year (while Rolex produces
yearly around 300,000 watches) , so it's very rare to meet one.