Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/05/15

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Subject: [Leica] Schneider & Kaufmann shattering news
From: grduprey at (
Date: Thu May 15 15:27:44 2008

About the only thing I get from this is that the new R will not be AF at 
this time, not that they are not going to make one.  In fact I get the idea 
there will definitely be one, plus another SLR product of somekind.


-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Mark Rabiner <>
> > On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 02:59:20AM -0400, Mark Rabiner wrote:
> >>
> >> tml
> >> 
> >> In this interview with Jason Schneider at RIT Andreas Kaufmann shatters 
> >> a
> >> couple of very key assumptions or opinions I have about Leicas very much
> >> needed direction.
> >> 
> >> Imagine no full frame digital Leica rangefinder.
> >> Imagine no digital R body.
> > 
> > I'm not sure where you read that there will be no digital R body.  Would
> > you mind quoting the relevant text?
> > 
> quote:
> Kaufmann: Again, I cannot say anything very specific until July, but I can
> tell you we are seriously investigating the possibility of producing one or
> more true Leica DSLR cameras, possibly in a format other than Four Thirds.
> Nikon rumors aside, Leica is the only company that now offers both DSLR and
> digital rangefinder systems, and we know the market wants DSLRs with
> autofocus lenses. So if this is going to happen we know that our engineers
> and design partners definitely have their work cut out for them.
> End of quote
> Sounds very much like if its not AF they're not going to do it and the R
> system is not AF so that's my 2+2=
> Mark William Rabiner
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