Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/10/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R? was: How to manage a camera company?
From: Alexander <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 11:03:03 +0300

Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> From: Alexander <>
> Sent: Monday, October 11, 1999 05:07
> Subject: Re: [Leica] R? was: How to manage a camera company?
> > IMHO, the R series could become the 'rescue' for Leica
> > if developed correctly.
> I seriously doubt it.  Leica does not have the resources to realistically
> compete with Nikon, Canon, or even Pentax or Minolta in the domain of the 35mm
> SLR.  At best, this system could be made modestly profitable, but I don't ever
> see it as being a huge success.

Maybe not, but it can have a partner that can help it. look at Contax and
And Contax *IS* a German name and the Carl Zeiss lenses *are* still manufactured
in Japan under strict supervision by

> > The M series has reached what it seems to be an end as
> > far as new developments go.
> What's wrong with that?  The current design works and has proven itself over
> many decades.  The fundamental principles of photography are not going to
> change, so why is any new development necessary?

I never said anything was wrong with that.

> > Now, the R series definately can use some help.
> I have Nikon SLRs, so the fate of the R series is not an issue for me.
>   -- Anthony

Anthony, I was refering to leica Slr's, not if it is an issue directly to you.
I also have many other SLR's, but I *think* that Leica SLR's can have a
productive future.
The fate of leica SLR's are important to others and could proove important to

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Warm Regards,