Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] rumours from the east
From: Pascal <>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 22:22:39 +0200

On 14-08-2000 19:03 John Coan wrote:

>I wonder what Leica would do on a new autofocus camera, if they
>introduced one?  Same lens mount, like Nikon?  Or, new mount like Canon
>and Contax?


if they introduce a new lens mount, it would not give *present* R users a 
natural upgrade path. In fact, if the mount changes, the whole game 
changes. Choice, if one wanted to switch from a manual to an AF system, 
would not only be limited to Leica but to any manufacturer. Hardly what 
Leica would like to see happening I guess, in view of their already 
marginal take of the overall SLR market.

What Contax did is a very brave move, but at the same time a very 
dangerous one towards existing Contax SLR users.

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