Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/21

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Subject: [Leica] Doomed: Leica MP 0.58x
From: telyt at (Douglas Herr)
Date: Fri Jan 21 09:47:22 2005

> Make the glass fit other cameras, Nikon or Canon, and watch the $$$ flow 
> in.

This has been discussed many times before.  I dunno about Nikon, but Canon 
doesn't want competition for their lens sales.   A low-end lens maker can 
find a niche reverse-engineering the Canon mount and electronics.  Sooner or 
later Canon will find a way to make the 3rd-party lenses incompatible with 
new bodies.  People might be willing to spend a few bucks for a lens that 
will become a doorstop but I doubt many would be willing to fork out 
Leica-like cash for a potential doorstop.

Leica's alternative is to make the lenses Canon-fit, manual only - which is 
exactly what an R lens plus adapter is.  Why would Leica make manual lenses 
that would only fit Canon when an R-mount lens plus adapter would work just 
like a Canon-mount manual lens, and could be used on a Leica-R body as well?

Nikon AIS-mount lenses make much more sense than EOS-mount lenses IMHO, 
especially if the lenses are chipped.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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