Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/20

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Subject: Digital M/Digital Rebel was Re: [Leica] Lost Faith in Leica
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Mon Sep 20 23:59:40 2004
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Yes but imagine the development cost and the cost of making it modular. 
Wow it would end up being something like 5 times the price!

On 20 Sep, 2004, at 22:51, Feli di Giorgio wrote:

> On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 14:03, B. D. Colen wrote:
>> I suspect, Doug, that what Leica will do is give us a gorgeous piece 
>> of
>> photographic equipment that will last as long as its owner wants to 
>> keep
>> using it. And while we all keep getting hung up on the fact that the
>> target is constantly moving, the truth is that for most people on this
>> list, a good current sensor of 5 mgp or above will provide good enough
>> quality images so that one really shouldn't ever hve to replace the
>> camera.
> Maybe it would make sense for Leica to make the camera modular.
> You would end up with the control module containing the shutter,
> rangefinder etc. which would be built to the usual Leica standard.
> You would clip a digital back on to that, like the filmback/backdoor
> on the old Contax IIa. That way Leica could offer different resolution
> backs ranging from 6-16 MP and and they could be full frame, x1.5 or 
> x1.3
> and the shooter buys the one they can afford. Of course there would 
> have
> to be a provision to adjust the framelines...
> In any case, it would probably also lower Leicas production costs, 
> because they
> wouldn't have redesign  the entire camera every few years. They could 
> also sell
> the backs at a lower price, because they would be cheaper to make than 
> an entire
> camera.
> Feli
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