Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/04

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Subject: [Leica] Re: New Zeiss Ikon
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Oct 4 07:43:49 2004


There's no question that up until now Leica has been the ONLY choice for
someone who wants a pro-quality rangefinder. The question is whether
this new Zeiss, and the R2a -3a will give the handful of folks who
need/want Leica-like quality an option.  

But, again, my contention for some time has been that Leica has been
kept afloat by the fact that they have been the only rangefinder game in
town. As we know from Leica's only financial reports, the Leica SLR
effort has been a money loser.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Frank Filippone
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 9:57 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: New Zeiss Ikon

I was brought up on Contax RF cameras.  They are truly great.  But I do
agree with the theory that Leica would have had to perform to a much
higher standard, if there were real competition out there for the past
40 or so years ( since the Nikon SP died.)  The lenses are not the issue
here, it is the body.

Nikon and Contax made really heavy cameras.  The Leica were much
lighter. Nikon and for that matter, Canon, were real innovators in the
last years of RF life.  Competition spices it up for all of us.  But the
reality is that Leica IS the only choice now, for all practical
pupposes.  Hexar, Cosina, Nikon ( S3), and Contax are really only
skimming the market of Leica.

Now about that customizeable M that you always wanted....... the one
with the Panda colors on a Red Moroccan goat leather body with M6 rewind
and M3 crank, and of course, the M3 rewind lever and lens locking
ring.... doesn't that just reek of innovation?

Frank Filippone

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