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

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Subject: [Leica] Doomed: Leica MP 0.58x
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Fri Jan 21 10:15:43 2005

Ah, but wouldn't Leica be ahead of the game working out a deal with
Canon, where by Canon would get some sort of licensing fee for each lens
sold in a working Canon mount?

The point is that Leica needs to do SOMETHING if it's going to survive.
Producing an extremely expensive digital backs for an R line that is
already losing money - as wonderful as the cameras may be - isn't going
to be the thing that saves Leica. And, as Frank pointed out, Leica's
reputation lays with it's glass. There has to be a way for them to
capitalize on that.

Why don't they start advertising the glass for use with adapters on
Canon EOS bodies? Use photos and endorsements from life-long Leica


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Douglas Herr
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 12:51 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Doomed: Leica MP 0.58x

> 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

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
Leica Users Group.
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