Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/19

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Subject: [Leica] An R series question R8 - pretty ?
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sat Jun 19 17:45:10 2004

On 6/19/04 4:52 AM, "FRANK DERNIE" <> wrote:

> Hi Douglas,
> as an engineer I make a clear distinction between
> design - which I see as fitness for purpose and
> functionality, that normally done by the engineers.
> And styling - the aesthetics, sometimes by engineers,
> sometimes by "designers" and sometimes the management.
> In a camera the functionality is far more important
> IMO than the looks. Having the controls fall under my
> fingers and that viewfinder make up for the hideous
> (IMO) styling for me. I find the M5 ugly but it is IME
> the best M camera.
> I feel the same about most things. A beautifully
> styled car which is overweight and/or handles badly is
> of absolutely no interest to me, though I would prefer
> it to look nice, mind you there are almost no cars on
> the market today which appeal to me.
> cheers
> Frank

Isn't the M5 overweight?
It's size and weight was the engineering/design decision which almost sunk
Leica like the titanic did it not?

The Leica rangefinder system was perceived by it's patronage as being a
lightweight small way to make pictures in comparison to most others.
The m5 didn?t go well with that mindset. It was seen perhaps even as a
betrayal. I plan to get one one day by the way.
I guess engineering, design, and marketing all three have to be in balance.

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon

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