Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/09/16

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Subject: [Leica] R-Series Owners Stranded - Yep!
From: cummer at (H&ECummer)
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:28:24 +0800
References: <>

As regular and long term Luggers well know I have changed the bayonets  
on all my R lenses 19mm 28mm 90mm 100mm and 180mm to Nikon mounts  
using the Leitax N bayonets.  Lack of auto diaphragm doesn't bother me  
as I mostly shoot wide open and with visual focus confirmation (but no  
"beep") my D700 focuses the Leica glass very well. I set maximum auto  
ISO at 6400, minimum shutter speed at 1/125 and set the camera on  
Aperture preferred and just go out and shoot.  The results have been,  
for me at least, very satisfying and mean that my Leica R lenses are  
not languishing in the back of the dry box. Since the bayonet change  
is reversible should Leica ever come out with a digital platform that  
is at least equal to the performance of the D700 and that I can afford  
(I'm doubtful on both counts) then I can put the R bayonets back on  
and away I will go. For now, though, I am grateful to Mr. Lladro and  
Leitax for the opportunity to continue to use my Leica R glass. See  
<> for details.

> Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 23:09:22 -0400
> From: Alastair Firkin <afirkin at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] R-Series Owners Stranded?
> To: "Leica Users @ Group" <lug at>
> Like you I too am feeling a bit "left in the lurch". I can  
> understand Leica's
> decision, but I'm not "happy" about it.
> The DMR was a good compromise and mine still works well, but it  
> needs an
> "update". Leica's S Daniel said at the launch of the M9 that Leica  
> could not
> continue "swimming with the sharks" ie Nikon and Canon, but he did  
> not rule out R
> solutions in the future. In reality I think we are "in trouble". I  
> have not
> decided what to do, but clearly the choice will be S2 at huge  
> expense. Stick with
> the DMR at no cost (for me) Canon or Nikon body mixing lenses, or  
> return to FILM!!!
> cheers from Ballarat
> Alastair Firkin

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