Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V3 #41
From: "adrian bradshaw" <>
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 21:54:25 +0800


the botched attempt at AF I referred to (also mentioned in another recent
post) was that by Leica Portugal (where the main chassis for Leica M and R
are still made) to do a deal with a Japanese camera maker in 1995 to supply
part or all the guts for an AF SLR for the R series. I suspect the Japanese
supplier was Kyocera. In any case the latter was not interested in the low
volumes anticipated and nothing came of it - except the R8 design went half
way towards accommodating the technology in the electronics and the first
step transition of the lens mounts - hence the ROM business.

>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

I believe there were more than one earlier 35mm still cameras - I saw a
selection illustrated by Van Hasbroek in the leaflet advertising his Leica
book (perhaps someone who bought the book can check this???). I recall his
comment that the Leica was not first but was the most elegant and ultimately
most successful commercially. Hence its adoption by 35mm pioneers and
ensuing historical significance.  Rgds