Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2014/02/22

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Subject: [Leica] OT - Sony Alpha 7R
From: john at (John McMaster)
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:48:57 +0000
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If you lose the rangefinder stuff I think the M is about the same size as 
the A7; a roll of film in a mechanical camera takes up much less space the a 
decent battery, SD card and sensor+ electronics. The price probably could 
come down if they used an off the shelf sensor, then have issues with wide 
angle lenses like other cameras, however they have to cover R&D costs... 

Anyway, I thought you were saying, about a year ago, that the M was going to 
be the photojournalist resurgence of Leica? ;-)


-----Original Message-----

I don't think its  that bad really but I think if that's going to be the 
digital M they should come out with a digital LTM, SM or Barnack depending 
on how you phrase it. A Digital IIIF.
They can loose M sales to other camera companies or they can make their own 
viable compact system camera with less weight, bulk and cost to appeal to 
non Hedge fund types.
Not competing with the other camera companies for a true compact high 
quality (FF) means they were shooting themselves in both feet. Not just letting them have those sales; in a field they should own. A form 
factor they invented.

Mark William Rabiner

On 2/22/14 2:29 PM, "Jim Laurel (gmail)" <jplaurel at> wrote:

> I agree completely that this should be Leica's single overriding core 
> value, but don't think M240 is as bad as Mark is making it out to be.
> On Feb 22, 2014, at 10:54 AM, Mark Rabiner <mark at> 
> wrote:
>> A very compact but very high image producing camera is a  core value 
>> which Leica should own. It invented it. Leica should be all over it. 
>> Mop the floor with it.

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