Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/07

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Yasuhara T981
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998 07:31:52 -0500

At 02:45 PM 10/6/98 -0400, you wrote:

>As to the R cameras. Yes they are terrifically well made. Yes they are
>serviceable. Yes the optics are terrific. But are the optics enough MORE
>terrific than the top Canon and Nikon optics? If they were, I'd wager more
>working pros would use them than do, because there would be more of a demand
>for that quality.

No, the reason more pros don't use Leica are many. For one, they ARE
expensive relative to other manufacturer's cameras. They have to justify it
form a business point of view (the inner bean counter? Super ego, vs. id?)
which has nothing to do with "great optics."

Then there's the fact that most are invested in extensive systems already,
and to covert to Leica is quite the expense. And until recently, there
weren't an adequate selection of lenses to do pro work. The 280 2.8 came
out in '84. And until the R8, flash sync. was 1/100.  on the other hand,
the M system has been complete as a system for decades, and they are very
common in photojournalist circles. Mostly 21, 35, 50 and 90mm lenses are
the choices preferred.

And last of all, pros are sheep. They follow the pack. It's easier to
borrow lenses. And until recently NPS game Nikon users an edge in getting
equipment taken care of fast. CPS is now the standard. Borrow lenses, get
fast repairs, and support at major athletic and sporting events. All these
things add up. To own Leica is to be thought of as a bit obsessive. That
attitude makes it easier to not buy Leicas. Been there, done that, have the

It has nothing to do with optics at all in terms of image quality.
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Where reason has failed, fallibility may yet succeed. -- George Soros