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Subject: [Leica] Not Buying M8
From: grduprey at (
Date: Sat Mar 8 09:15:41 2008

People keep saying that going digital means constant or frequent computer 
upgrades.  Why??  I have only recently upgraded my computer, and it had 
nothing to do with my using a digital camera, I just wanted a Mac to do my 
photography instead of a PC.  My older computer still works just fine with 
my 2 digital camera file types (Nikon and Leica) with no performance issues 
at all.  The only thing is having storage for the files, but then you have 
this same problem when scanning negatives for digital use.


-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: John Collier <>
> I was all set to buy an M8 after the announcement that it would be  
> upgradeable in the future. With the recent change of heart (and  
> management), I am going to wait and see. I am just a casual shooter  
> with most years resulting in around thirty + rolls. I can justify my  
> present Leicas (M6TTL, IIIG and a IIIF) with the fact that they last  
> so long. A digital M is not only twice (or more) as expensive, it is  
> also set to not be repairable in as little as five years. Heavy  
> shooters and pros can easily justify the expense with the huge film  
> and processing savings but I am not shooting enough to do the same.  
> Yes I know it would free up my shooting, a fortune saved in  
> processing, etc, etc and I agree with all those arguments. However, a  
> digital camera also entails more frequent computer equipment upgrades  
> as well.
> All this to say that I could justify the expense if I could be  
> assured of a camera that would last, albeit with regular injections  
> of cash. Even if I didn't do every upgrade, the fact that it is  
> upgradeable means it also stays repairable. I could wait to until  
> there were problems before upgrading. Will I eventually go digital?  
> It sure looks like I will have to when chrome starts to dry up but,  
> as things stand right now, I will wait until then.
> John
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