Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/13

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Subject: [Leica] Why a digital M
From: george at (George Lottermoser)
Date: Tue Jul 13 11:02:39 2004

B. D. Colen7/13/04
>But don't expect anything at a give-away
>price; don't expect any real innovation; and don't expect a camera that
>is up to the top digital standards at the time of release.

Right on price.
Probably correct re innovation.
However, as someone who's followed Imacon and Kodak digital developments for 
over a decade, you may be wrong regarding digital standards. Imacon camera 
backs and scanners have maintained their position at the very top of the 
line regarding digital capture hardware and software. And kodak has produced 
professional digital for a goodly long time. 

If we forget about playing leap-frog (i.e. who's got the 
latest/gratest/today) and simply look at who keeps making great digital 
equipmemt - I can't help but feel good about Kodak, Imacon and Leica working 
on the Digi-R and M. The future for these threee companies working together 
- creating optical-digital capture devices continue to excite my imagination 
and my hopes for build quality, design quality and image quality.

Can they fail? Sure.
Can they succeed in producing the top of line in their respective classes? 
They have in the past.

Will they duplicate Canon, Nikon and Olympus? Hopefully not. Is autopilot 
photography with my 10d easy, foolproof, fun? Sure. But everytime I pick up 
the M or R - I feel - oh wow - so fine - if only it had a relatively hi-rez 
chip in it.

Fond regards,

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