Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/05/07

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Subject: [Leica] Re:a visit from "Mr. Leica." Now, are we killed?
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Fri May 7 17:45:02 2004

On 5/7/04 4:25 PM, "" <> wrote:

> In a message dated 5/7/2004, Rich of photovilla writes:
>>> I was told by Mr. Cohn that on this particular team the oldest member is
> 37 years old. These designers work closely with some of Leica's chosen
> partners to try to work through problems and preserve a certain "Leica
> Zeitgeist" (that is more than just specs. and tangibles) in some new
> products that might not easily lend themselves to such.<<
> First, thanks for the report, Rich.
> Now, as far as youngish camera designers are concerned, it's most likely a
> step in the right direction if their collective attitude is not the German
> equivalent of "That ain't the way my pappy did 'er and I ain't a-doin' it that
> way 
> neither." 
> Put a provisional check mark in the Progress column.
> However, I do truly hope I am misinterpreting the "Leica Zeitgeist" comment.
> I do truly hope they are not actually trying to create, foment, gestate,
> instill, force-feed or piddledate some ethereal Zeitgeist in or into a digital
> M 
> body. After all, one man's Zeitgeist is another man's historical, and
> irrelevant, artifact. In camera design, I'm betting it's suicide by committee.
> Mr. Leica, I want a digital body for my M lenses. I don't give a good goddamn
> how Leicaish it is. I don't care if it looks like an M3 (all bow down and
> chant "praise be") of if it's as butt ugly as the new crop of 8-megapixel,
> fixed-zoom lens digicams from Canon, Nikon and Olympus. All lumpy and swollen
> out of 
> shape and in need of some type of ectomy. I don't care. Make it that ugly.
> Make it worse, if you have to. Just set to the task of making the damn thing
> and 
> getting it on the market.
> Zeitgeist is the "spirit of the age." If the "Leica Zeitgeist" is the spirit
> of this, the digital age, then all is cool. Make me say, "Sorry, Mr. Leica, I
> overreacted."
> -Chris Lawson
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Perhaps a moot point because by the time the Leica M digital comes out in 2
years we would have already picked up the much more imminent Epson Leica M
body which would have the look and feel of an inkjet printer.
Perhaps a tad clunky and on the plastic side.
But it would be there.

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon


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