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Subject: [Leica] The brilliance of Leica pricing
From: h_arche at (H. Ball Arche)
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 14:18:47 -0700 (PDT)
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The subtext of my not having a clue about the M8 viewfinder is that just 
couldn't bring myself to care about a machine that I couldn't help but 
consider stopgap technology. I never even looked at the spec sheet until 

It's not that I wouldn't make the digital jump; I just couldn't bear going 
to a platform that got less out of the glass than it was designed for, and 
required great expense to replace the glass I was used to using to 
accomplish the same ends. It took a long time and a lot of effort to find 
the glass that works for me, and it simply didn't make sense to sacrifice 
that for a piece of gear that would inevitably be superseded.

I will almost certainly get an M9, eventually. 

Of course, I need to get a job first.

----- Original Message ----
From: Richard Man <richard.lists at>
To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2009 4:06:01 PM
Subject: [Leica] The brilliance of Leica pricing

As we Leica owners know, once you purchase a Leica camera or a Leica
lens, you'd get sort of price desensitized. $2995 for a 50/1.4? No
problem. Sure, you can get a Nikon D700 plus a 50/1.4 for that price,
but hey, it's a Leica. Just save up the pennies, and soon you can get
the best 50/1.4 known to mortals.

And so it goes for the 24/1.4. That must be the most brilliant piece
of 24/1.4 out there, despite the fact that a D3+24/1.4+35/1.4 would
cost less.

But now Leica is giving us a choice!!! If you don't have that 24/1.4
already and are lusting for that magic 35ish view on your M8, you can
get a M9 instead, just for a few thousand quids more!! And since the
35/1.4 is almost pedestrian, you should already have it in your bag (I
know I do, the 1.4 ASPH sing sweetly to my ears).

In 4 days, we will know.

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