Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R5-R7 decision
From: "Simon Lamb" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 09:00:45 -0000
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Hmm, I suppose the 35-70 and 80-200 Leica lenses are fast eh?  I think not,
and having seen N1 images side by side with R8 images using comparable
zooms, Leica has no advantage over the Zeiss.


Andrew wrote:
> Contax has been offering such a model since 1994: the RX.  I'd prefer
> this capability to "full-fleged AF" because it's compatible with
> existing lenses.  Just look at the lenses of the Contax N1 - big in
> size and small in speed.
> Except feet-dragging, I see no valid reason why Leica is so
> dismissive.  After all, the technology is a lot less
> innovative/eccentric/you-name-it than the shape of the R8.
Pascal wrote:
> >
> >That's new to me. Leica made it known during the chatting session on the
> >future that fitting such focusing assistance would require almost
> >capabilities in the body as with full-fledged autofocus. They seemed to
> >quite dubious, not to say dismissive, whether such a system would one day
> >come to the R. I agree, though, that such digital focus assistance would
> >come in very handy under lots of circumstances. It's the biggest item on
> >R wishing list.
> >

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