Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/28[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
What an incorrigible bunch we are! I've just been reading through the dozens of mails on half a dozen lists. The camera isn't even on sale yet and it's already got back focus problems, the lens apertures are not big enough, it's a Cosina (what's wrong with that !), it shouldn't have AE, the lenses aren't really Zeiss, it's too expensive, Hasselblad will push the price up. And a lot of people just don't like it because it's not a Leica ! Think on people, Zeiss is still a bigger name worldwide than Leica and a guarantee for quality - they're not likely to be putting out something unworthy of their name and tradition. Even complaining that it will be on sale in May 2005 - has everyone forgotten how long it takes to get new Leica products to the stage that they can be sold ? The MTF lovers are already on the warpath too. I personally prefer to see what comes out when I take a picture. My job had enough graphs and spectra to last me a lifetime. As to it being vapo(u)r ware - no comment ., If they are letting people at it, I'll be leaving my grubby fingerprints on it tomorrow in Cologne, or at least getting a couple of pics of it sitting in its glass case. If the lenses are cheaper than Leica and have the SAME quality then hooray !!! . If they are BETTER , and that may well be the case considering Zeiss technology, then double hooray!! And a standing ovation. If they are as good as the CV offerings we've had so far, and at a similar price they deserve a round of applause too. If the body has the right feel to it then well done Zeiss.It looks solid, it has style, I find it desirable. This is the first all out frontal attack on Leica, let's see what THEY make of it. No real Leicaphiles ever took CV seriously, but IMO Zeiss/Cosina is a force to be reckoned with, not just a couple of hundred cameras for collectors, but a true competitor.. CZ has got money and muscle enough to back Leica into a corner, let's see if they can come out fighting, this may be just the push they need. Douglas More tomorrow after I've seen it.