Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/25

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Subject: Vs: [Leica] "B Grade"
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 22:54:17 +0200

Yes - this is pure speculation.
And I know from a reputable second-hand equipment dealer that in Timbuktu they send all the camels that do not meet the manufacturer´s specification to USA where people do not know much about camels. That explains the dearth of good quality camels in the US market.
All the best!
photos at

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Lähettäjä: Austin Franklin <>
Vastaanottaja: '' <>
Päivä: 25. elokuuta 2000 21:05
Aihe: RE: [Leica] "B Grade" 

>Cars are far easier to repair than cameras.  I take it you haven't done 
>much car repair work...or camera repair.  The number of parts has nothing 
>to do with difficulty of repair.
>Also, cars are far more expensive than camera equipment.  They are also not 
>required to be as 'perfect' as camera equipment (which is a precision 
>instrument).  I would believe, proportionally, more cars go back in for 
>repair than camera gear...but that's pure speculation.
>In 30 years of buying photo gear, I have never had one problem at all, 
>outside of normal maintenance.  With every new car I've ever had, it has 
>had one or more problems that it had to go back, and back, and 
>From: Raimo Korhonen
>Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 3:27 PM
>Subject: Vs: [Leica] "B Grade"
>What do you think they do with the cars that do not pass inspection? Send 
>to Timbuktu? No, they fix them - that?s what the factory here does at least 
>(yes, they make Porsches, too) - and cars contain more parts than cameras 
>so they are harder to fix.
>All the best!
>photos at
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>Lahettaja: Austin Franklin <>
>Vastaanottaja: '' 
>>What do you think the camera manufacturers do, throw the ones out that
>>don't pass, or have some human sit there and completely disassemble them,
>>diagnose what the problem is, fix the problem, put them back together and
>>toss them in the 'prime' bin?
>>The question is, what happens to the ones that done "pass inspection"?