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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: Longevity of Leica products
From: "Nathan Wajsman (private)" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 07:19:33 +0100
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As someone has pointed out, if the M7 is much more profitable than 
previous M models, than it increases the chances of Leica's survival. My 
personal view has long been that Leica's long-term future is a merger 
with one of the larger companies; the Hermes thing is just an interlude. 
Leica does have some assets--chiefly the brand and the optical 
expertise--which are interesting to the big firms.

But then again, there are small companies that focus on a niche and 
thrive--Porsche, for example. Compared to the rest of the auto industry 
they are as small as Leica is compared to Canon or Fuji, and yet they 
are doing just fine.

As for being able to have them repaired even if the company were to be 
liquidated, it all depends on how many old cameras remain in use. As 
with everything else, if there is a demand the market will meet it. I 
can have my Rollei 35 repaired here in Zurich even though it has not 
been manufactured for ages; I can even have my newly purchased Pentacon 
repaired in Germany, even though the company that made them no longer 
exists. And so on.


Felix Lopez de Maturana wrote:

> Hi Sal
> I don't see the problem in the longevity of the products but in the
> future of the firm. In modern times  such a tiny market has not in my
> personal opinion a clear future. Only Canon, a true giant has some
> guarantees of survival. Hasselblad found his way with some kind of
> alliance with Fuji, the another photo giant, and even Nikon, owned by
> Mitsubishi, has not a clear future. So I don't see the advantage oh
> having extraordinary lasting cameras if I cannot get another one or
> parts if in the future the manufactures is gone.
> Kind regards
> Felix
> PS Who kept the M6 Classic but bought a M7 too
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