Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Bessa-T - let me get this straight...
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 22:26:53 +0100
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absolutely everybody except maybe some demotivated sales clerks in
discount cameras stores knows that Cosina is behind "Voigtländer".

After the "Voigtländer" trademark had been abused long time as a badge
for cheapo gear or as second brand for selling through
discount/mailorder stores (Rollei), I wonder why Cosina was willing to
use that name for their flagship product range.

The Bessa T intentially copies design elements of the Leica II/III. In
the Japan, these seem to be more affordable (relatively) than Ms and
thus are more (relatively) used for actual picture taking.

The very problem with a possible 1:1 Leica M copy would be the existing
stock of used cameras, endlessly repairable, surprisingly affordable and
of superior (subjective) built quality. So the Hexars and Bessas have to
be "different" at any cost to draw attention from a saturated market.
How many Hexar and Bessa owners have purchased them for curiosity in
addition to their Ms?