Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2014/02/16

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Subject: [Leica] I can focus my Noctilux - FH
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:10:15 +0100
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This all assumes that the majority of Leica buyers use the cameras to take 
pictures. I am not sure about that. The people on this list are not a 
representative sample of Leica buyers.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Feb 16, 2014, at 6:32 PM, Mark Rabiner wrote:

> The traditional mechanical Leica rangefinder is what defines Leica for a
> good section of its buyer and user base since the Leica II in 1932. They've
> not all turned into a bunch of techno geeks.
> Should it be the case however no that they  just sit on the cameras unused
> while everyone uses the new electronic thing instead than that would be an
> awfully expensive and bulky unnecessary add on that even for nostalgia sake
> would be impossible to justify. Thing is this is  not the case at all and
> its not even close. People weighing in all seem to use the mechanical
> rangefinder more not less than the new technology.  So it would not make 
> any
> kind of sense for Leica to just go with the electronic rangefinder on a new
> M flagship. Perhaps on an alternate camera. Also an alternate camera with 
> no
> electronic rangefinder and just the more traditional mechanical.. The 
> camera
> has become dauntingly complex and expensive and big and heavy it would seem
> to make sense to come out with some KISS simpler versions which would have
> less money and weight.

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