Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/04/22

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Subject: [Leica] Coenen's interview on Asahi Camera
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Fri Apr 22 11:38:17 2005
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I see your point, but Leica conservatism still rules.
For a long time Leica did offer simplified versions at a lower price, 
for example the M1 ,M2,  CL and the SLRs R4s  and R-E. Ok they weren't 
cheaper than the cameras made by other companies but at least the idea 
was there.
If only Leica had kept up the cooperation with Minolta and carried on 
through CL to the CLE to CLE multi-metering, CLE-Digital etc etc.
It's still one of my favourite pseudo-Leicas, one of those cameras which 
never gets old.

Joseph Yao wrote:

> Little does Coenen know that there is a taboo/stigma associated with buying
> used/second hand in certain cultures.  By not offering (I am not saying 
> they
> should or should not) an entry level model, Leica is turning away many
> potential customers.  This is where Cosina/Voigtlander have succeeded and I
> expect the Zeiss Ikon camera and lenses will accomplish the same.
> Joseph
> on 23/4/05 1:56 am, Douglas Sharp at wrote:
>>The last answer is SO typical of Leica arrogance.
>>MIKIRO wrote:
>>>Asahi: What about small size M cameras?
>>>Coenen: Low-cost models are incompatible with our brand image. If you
>>>want something less expensive, you can buy used ones. Current M models
>>>are compact enough as high quality 35mm film cameras.
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