Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/05

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Konica Price
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1999 19:02:32 EST

The real issue is the expense of making a real rangefinder. The Minolta CLE 
wasn't that much cheaper than an M4, and that was a large part. I just looked 
at a G2 system last night. The finder (if you can call it that) hurts your 
eyes. Not to mention color-fringing that the edges, which is really 
proletarian in such an expensive camera. The same problem appears in their 
$1200 p/s with the foldout door (TVSII?). User interface is important, and 
the new Konica one should be pretty transparent for existing users.

The other thing is that the Hexar RF, from what I have heard, is going to be 
6000 total units (per year?), which is a number so small that the 
manufacturer will never achieve an economy of scale. At that rate, it will 
take them about fifteen years to make as many RFs as Leica has made M6s to 
*last year* (100,000+). It is my understanding (from a reliable source) that 
the new Hexar is hand-built, which in Japan would make it even more expensive.

And if you think about the sheer variety of stuff that can be put on Leica M 
cameras, you get a lot wider system. It's sad that there's no TTL flash, but 
rangefinders aren't something you hook a lot of flash equipment to.


In a message dated 12/5/99 11:15:03 AM, writes:

<< A lot

> >more expensive that the G2. Why do they think that their

> camera's can fetch

> >more money that Contax?

Because - and this is only based on what I've read, not hands-on

experience - the Konica is a real camera, while the G2 is a really snazy P&S

with interchangable lenses.

Don't forget, the Konica takes the M lenses - which means it gives you a

motordriven, AE exposure, high shutter speed, higher sync speed, body to use

with your M lenses. If those are feature you want, you're going to be

willing to pay more for it than for a G2. I would think.

B. D.