Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: R8 design, Erwins design review
From: Lucien <>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:57:47 +0200


>Seems Mr. Giugiaro knows some things Mr. Meinzer should learn. 
>The R8 design is awfull, the most ugliest piece of photographic 
>equipment I've ever seen. 
>It reproduces some of the Leicaflex outlines, but in no way
>the beauty of the M. The R8 design was in fact the reason 
>I bought an F5
>- and now have to build up an N equipment (I didn't wanted). 

The design of the F5 is maybe easier to like than the R8,
as the new BMW serie 5 versus new AUDI A6.

But everything considered, I prefer the R8 and the A6.

They have much more personality.
They will last longer, IMO.

After using both, I found the R8 to
be much more user friendly than the F5.
Even if both have some weakness.

It's like with people, there are some
weakness that make you love them more,
and some which irritate you.
The F5 irritate me because of all the not so well
placed buttons, but also because of the poor ergonomy 
of the body + lenses.
(But the AF and flash is so good!)

Now, Christian, I know that you will come
back to the real faith.
It will cost you, but soon or later, you will have both. 

(BTW, when it rain or snow, I prefer the Audi)