Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/24

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Subject: [Leica] Doomed: Leica MP 0.58x
From: at (Douglas M.Sharp)
Date: Mon Jan 24 06:34:27 2005
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I think this is the point - No one, up to now, has even thought about 
wanting to 
do it.
Mainly because the products of this genre are NOT MEANT to last a lifetime a 
Leica, planned obsolescence is the name of the game. PC manufacturers got 
when someone had the idea of plug in modules, CD-drives and such, pull out 
old - push in the new. My neighbour has what looks like a very old table-top 
stuffed to the gills with Computer,Digital-tv gear, hard disk recording and 
sorts of other stuff, and that only so he'll never miss an episode of 
(strange world we live in).
If Leica is in a position to dictate the lifespan, interchangeability, 
compatibility of the sensors, software and other bits and pieces I think 
could be their big chance, and could even put them back on the map as 

John Collier wrote:

> Great idea BUT what digital/computer equipment has been able to follow 
> this model? None that I can think of. Even items with easily replaceable 
> main components have the other internal obsolescence rule out upgrades 
> over a period of more than a year or two.
> John Collier
> On 24-Jan-05, at 6:52 AM, Douglas M.Sharp wrote:
>> what Leica needs to do is make a basic M style chassis with modular
>> digital components which can be updated or upgraded whenever the user 
>> or advances in technology demand it.
>> Imagine a choice of sensors, an off-camera viewing screen (any size 
>> you like!) with a a couple of Gigabytes storage too.
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