Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/05/05

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica R9 err...Minolta 9 ;-) OFF TOPIC
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 05 May 1999 09:09:01 -0500

At 03:29 PM 5/5/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Please refer to today's post by Erwin giving a little historical
>perspective to the birth of that rumour...

Erwin was mistaken on the source of that particular rumor. Maybe a parallel 
one, but not this one. I never stated it was a fact. Just that someone who 
deals with Leicas, and who deals with a Leica rep. made a positive 
statement that he believes (how else could it be at this point?) is the 
future. I was more positive on the fact that Leica has an AF camera coming. 
Not that it WILL be based on the Maxxum 9. Just that it's possible that 
some of the Maxxum 9 technology could be used.

To say that sharing speculation on what is the future of anything at Leica 
will kill the R line is sophistry. If that was true, after the LUG's first 
year Ricoh could have bought Leica. (Note rumor mongerers (mongrels?): I am 
not saying this is going to happen, has happened or that I wish it would).

And don't criticize my communication skills. You're the one who acted like 
Kansas is out in the middle of nowhere and couldn't possibly have any 
factual information to share. Well, not the middle of Kansas. But the 
turnip truck statement was taken in good sport, good for you.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

It ain't so much the things you don't know that get you in trouble.
It's the things you know that just ain't so.  -- Artemus Ward