Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/08/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] No digital comments?
From: "Clive Moss" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 20:55:12 -0500

It is not clear that the glass is Leica glass, or just branded Leica, like
the body.
The software in the camera that takes the image from the sensor and puts it
into a jpg or tif format probably has at least as much influence on the
quality of the image as the lens and sensor, if not more. Leica has no
proven capability in that space.
If we could get Leica to work towards a digital M (by which I mean
responsiveness and viewfinder/rangefinder brightness, not lens mount or
lenses) they could produce a killer. Current non-SLR digital cameras have
awful viewfinders and LCD monitors that are useless in daylight and marginal
otherwise. AFAIK, there are no digital rangefinder cameras in production.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of 
> Aquiles Almansi
> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:39 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] No digital comments?
> I don't quite understand why all digicams are supposed
> to be the same...
> Is it because they use commodity-like CCDs (as all
> -but Apple- PCs us Intel or AMD chips)?
> If that's the reason, then all film-based cameras are
> alike: my M6 uses the same film my wife's EOS uses...
> I think cameras (film or digital) are not commodities
> for a variety of reasons, their lenses being one of
> the most important. Leica and Panasonic use Leica
> glass, Nikon, Canon, Olympus et al don't.

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