Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Comparison of Leica SLR and Contax SLR Systmes
From: "Wilber Jeffcoat" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 14:20:23 -0500
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Yes and let us hope that Leica will continue this, although ROM glass I do
believe will not work on the SL and SL2 (is that correct- mount fits- but
something about cams-is that right) but all the glass prior will work on the

I will give Contax credit for a daring Move with their SLR line and the N-1.
I looked at this at the Photo East and it is a very nice camera, good feel
(not like the R-8) but it is really different. I still like the thumb
advance on my 8 being there when I need it for silent film advance.

cheers Wilber
- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Herr" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Comparison of Leica SLR and Contax SLR Systmes

> On Sat, 06 January 2001, "Steven A. Melnyk" wrote:
> >
> > I am confused by this response -- How does the R system have a future?
> > There was an extensive report in Business Week about the financial and
> > strategic problems being encountered by Leitz.  Contax has just
> > the N-1 and it now  offers two AF approaches -- the AX and the N-1.  How
> > does the R system have a future?  I know that this is a naive question,
> > bear with me.
> >
> > Steven A. Melnyk
> > Michigan State University
> >
> I would expect that Contax will discontinue the RTS line now that they
have introduced the N-1.  I'm assuming this but it would make sense since
their new equipment development has been directed toward the AF system(s),
and the digital body due out later this year is part of the N-1 system.
Leica has a very long history of maintaining compatability with the earliest
R equipment, where practical.  Contax looks more like they're following
Canon's lead in dropping the FD series in favor of EOS.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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