Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Japanese inventiveness
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 21:55:01 -0500

At 09:14 AM 5/11/98 +0800, you wrote:

>auto-rewinding motor drive, the botched attempt to move towards an AF system
>etc etc?? For that matter the original Leica was not the first 35mm still

What botched attmempt? The point and shoots?

>implementation of the concept. Should we chastise Leica for that? The
>Germans copied photographic technology wholesale from the French and the
>British (and vice-versa): do we like our Leicas any less for it?

The Leica was the first commercially successful 35mm camera. There was a
35mm camera a year before the UR Leica, but it didn't use the same size frame.


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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