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Subject: [Leica] Not Buying M8
From: jbcollier at (John Collier)
Date: Sat Mar 8 09:52:44 2008
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I guess it depends on how you define frequent. Software is usually  
the killer as most current software will not run on a five year old  
computer. As my present output is chrome, I have no need to scan or  
print. I do have a scanner -- no longer supported -- and printer   
which has been upgraded three times.  I print so seldom that I have  
to get fresh paper and ink each time for colours to be accurate which  
adds considerably to the expense.


On 8-Mar-08, at 10:15 AM, wrote:

> 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.
> Gene
> -------------- 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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