Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/02/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Shutters
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 23:00:44 -0500


Sorry, but your analogy doesn't work. Imagine how pathetic a Porsche would
be is they refused fuel injection. When I sold my Nikon 8008s it had
exposed a third of a million frames, not bad for a doodad. Electronic
shutters can be small, ever see a Pentax M.

The G2 is a gimmick, or the black model would be the same price as any
other. Besides it's an AF viewfinder camera. It doesn't have a rangefinder.

I (and others) don't want a different M camera, just one that uses modern
technology. I drive a manual transmission, but it's hydraulic clutch is
much nicer than the old cabled sort. 


At 01:45 PM 2/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Tom and all other grumblers: There is too much wishful thinking by LUGgers
>about what a future LEICA M or R should be like. If you want a rangefinder
>camera with autofocus get a G2; If you want 10 or whatever frames per second
>buy a F5. With all the wished for "doodads" the shape and weight of the
>cameras cannot be preserved. Remember the M5 and CL? It is still not
>accepted as a real LEICA. To want all this often unneeded electronic
>wizardry is like wishing to have a Ferrari or Porsche with automatic
>transmission! Evolutionary change is the LEICA philosophy;I think that
>subscribers of the LUG collectively prefer  quality and reliability as
>opposed to planned obsolescence and gimmickry.
>Regards, Andrew Jordan
>35 miles south of LEICA USA
> (about 8000 miles east of NIKON, YOKOHAMA)