Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/10/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica and a new M?
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 07:22:44 EDT

In a message dated 10/29/99 6:04:18 AM, writes:

<< Let's not forget that it's the Leica R that is not doing well and that the 
M IS doing well. >>

If, as it seems, we are entering a phase of renewed interest in non-slr 
cameras (the Contax G, the Bessa-L, the new Konica), that can only be good 
for Leica. As more and more semi-serious photographers begin to understand 
the virtues of rangefinders, etc., some percentage of them will make the 
decision that they might as well own the best and will naturally turn to 
Leica. The Leica M camera is not for everyone but for those who appreciate 
rangefinders, it's the best. That alone should ensure at least some level of 

The bigger issue seems to be the SLR. There just isn't enough to distinguish 
the Leica line from everything else. The mystique will only go so far. Lots 
of slr makers offer outstanding lenses. The photographer looking for the most 
complete/versatle/practical system combined with co-comprimise optics has 
lots to chose from. Leica simply does not stand out of the slr crowd like it 
does in rangefinders (yeah, I know, they were the only game in town so that 
almost doesn't count). One really must ask the question, Why in the world buy 
a Leica R -- OK for many in this group it makes sense but for most mere 
mortals, it doesn't.

Bob (cockroaches, Cher and Leica rangefinders will always survive) McEowen