Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/04/26

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Subject: [Leica] The sad state of leica cameras
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Apr 26 12:04:49 2004

Probably not. Because the sad reality is that the Leica was killed by
the Nikon F and the evolution of the SLR. Yes, some enlightened folks
kept using rangefinders, but the rangefinder ceased to be the prime PJ
camera. And from that point forward the M became more and more of a
hobbyist's camera.

That's not to say that there aren't hobbyists who are brilliant
photographers, nor is it to say that there weren't, and aren't pros who
continued to use Leica Ms...but if there was a meteor, it was the modern
SLR, with instant return mirror, auto-diaphragm lenses, and shortly
there after, ttl metering. And THEN came built-in motors, etc. etc. etc.
And THEN came digital...But by the time digital became real, the war was
long lost. :-)

B. D.

-----Original Message-----
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Peter Dzwig
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 2:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [Leica] The sad state of leica cameras

B. D. Colen wrote:

> I don't know that that's particularly encouraging - what it says to me

> is that the Leica has become the camera of rich dilettantes. (Note 
> that the article wasn't about the photographer and "accomplished 
> actress," Whomever, but about the actress, and, parenthetically, the 
> accomplished photographer.
> Face it folks, we're dinosaurs...:-)


Remember the dinosaurs didn't die out because they were out-evolved.
They were 
blasted by a meteorite which changed the atmosphere so much that the
only things 
that survived were the mammals and (some of) the stuff in the sea.

Is that a metaphor for digital photography.....

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