Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica S1
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 18:25:27 -0500

At 09:21 AM 6/24/98 -0400, James J Dempsey wrote:
>I would perceive this as:  Leica sees that digital photography is going to
>be A Big Thing in the not too distant future.  Given today's technology it
>is impossible for Leica to build a digital camera to M standards -- small,
>light, quiet, fast, great optics, interchangable lenses, high resolution.

Let's go back to the years between the UR Leica and the introduction of the
first production Leica. What was the reason they introduced such a
revolutionary camera?

"Hey, we need to make a camera that will shake the photo world to its core
and make possible a whole new profession of photojournalsim and medium of
the picture magazine? We need to give photographers a tool that will allow
them to make lyrical pictures the likes the world has rarely seen to date,
much more easily.


Hey, we need something to maintain jobs in the factory. Let's build this
camera! Let's do something new that might have some potential for sales.

That's how it happened...

With a few exaggerations along the way. :-)

What might the S1 be in this context? The former, or the latter. Where
might it end up?

Nobody knows. Period.

- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

What is the probability that something will happen according to the odds?