Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/11/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] scientific lens testing is ridiculous?
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 08:00:42 EST

Good to note that you are just as chipper as ever. 

It is good that there are those who like the scientific approach so the human 
race may advance and it is good that there are those who have a special 
artistic flare so we may have beautiful things.  Now all we need is just more 
understanding between the two.

For a long time, I have held the belief that there would be no Leica cameras 
if the company depended upon their sale to only those who were "artists."  
Many Leica owners are of a temperament that they like finely made things 
whether those things are automobiles, machines, homes, etc., and the Leica 
for the most part falls within that category.  If we were not interested in 
top quality camera bodies and lenses, there would be no Leica cameras and 
lenses since the old Brownie box camera would have fit the bill for everyone 
and the Leitz people would have been doing something else.  Most likely, 
without our built-in obsession to always do and want better, the gorillas and 
chimps would be watching us on their TV.

Erwin, I, for one, enjoy testing to discover which provides me with the best 
instrument and hope you continue with your special forte while others may 
continue using the Leica cameras and lenses to produce "masterpieces."

Again, good to note you are on the "net" again.