Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/29[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Erwin Puts wrote in http://www.imx.nl/photosite/leica/r/designr8.html (in dutch) that the R8 is the first example of a new trend in simplicity (in contrast to Canon EOS, Nikon F5, Contax AX which represent the 'old way' of increasing the number of functions). Erwin, I can't imagine how less could be more. A 97% viewfinder better than a 100% viewfinder? A 2fps winder (and still no motor available) better than a 8fps build-in motor? An 3D-RGB sensor less good than a 2D Matrix meter? A self-adjusting shutter less good than a simpler version? The truth is, it's not a trend (Leica is completely disable to create one), it's Leica's inability to do better. Maybe sometime a 97% viewfinder is enough, maybe sometime a simple thing fullfils the needs. In most respects Leica just couln't keep up with the rest. And this is not a trend but a tradition with them.