Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/26

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Subject: [Leica] Digital M
From: firkin at (Alastair Firkin)
Date: Wed Apr 26 23:53:14 2006
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I must say that the DMR does seem like a good solution to changing
technology: buy now and when its better replace the back, keep the camera
and lenes and you can always carry a roll or two of film as a back up to
fickle technology: my E-500 died on its second outing.

BUT BUT BUT BUT: it is really too expensive to justify even for a rich
middle aged bugger like me. 8k aussie is a lot of film, and a lot of other
cameras alone. I know why its expensive: hard to design hard to make,
small number of potential sales etc. but it therefore cannot really be a
redundancy ploy and so you may as well buy a whole camera.

Oh well, I may go mad and buy one, but I suspect the adaptor will get a
show first.


> I know Doug, best damn digital on the market - stunning. Blows away
> everything in the field. You know, because you've worked with so many
> digital cameras. LOL.
> On 4/26/06 4:09 PM, "Douglas Herr" <> wrote:
>> B. D. Colen wrote:
>>> ...  I think the digital M will come in at a price so far
>>> out of wack with current digital camera reality, that it's unlikely to
>>> show
>>> up on many necks photographing in Darfur. In fact, my guess is that its
>>> sale
>>> will largely be confined to photo enthusiasts with lots of disposable
>>> income. It will probably be a wonderful camera, but at apx $2 k more
>>> than a
>>> full-frame Canon 5D, it makes little sense for someone who has to think
>>> about where to put their equipment funds. After all, unlike a film M,
>>> it
>>> will not in any way be a camera for a life time, and being a camera for
>>> a
>>> life time is the only thing that makes the price of Leica film
>>> equipment
>>> vaguely rationalizable.
>> If this is anything like B.D.'s DMR predictions ("vaporware", IIRC) then
>> in  a
>> few years' time there will be a lot more brassy, banged-up digital M
>> cameras
>> than LNIB ones.
>> Doug Herr
>> Birdman of Sacramento
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