Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V2 #269
From: Christian Becker <>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 14:06:13 +0100

Erwin Puts wrote in
(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.