LEICA visit to Wetzlar Germany: Last Call
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LEICA visit to Wetzlar Germany: Last Call

Hi,
The Global Outreach person at Leica who is coordinating our brief visit with Leica in Wetzlar asked me once to send her in May a list with information on each visitor from our RFF group. I suggest that if you think that there is a good chance that you will join us in Wetzlar on May 31/June 1 to send me a message at RFF with this information:
* Full Name
* From where you will be arriving or some information that can be shared with Leica
* Number of people in your group.

This information will be used to make the appropriate arrangements for our welcome in Wetzlar.

It is April 23 today ......



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Old 04-23-2016   #2
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Sounds exciting! Cheers Raid for giving this opportunity to RFF members!!!
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Sounds exciting! Cheers Raid for giving this opportunity to RFF members!!!
Thanks. I was a crazy idea out of the blue, but it made it to a solid plan in the end.
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I have read your PM, Robert. See you in Wetzlar.
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So far, only Robert and his wife are definitely visiting Leica AG in Wetzlar on May 31-June 1, in addition to me and my family.

I will email Leica in one week the list of attendees.
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Pm sent!!! I didnt know family could come so number of people would be 3 in that case. Am I coming??????
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Thank you. I understand your situation.
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Obviously I cannot go... But what is the purpose of this trip?
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I am sorry for your health situation, Johan. I hope that you get well soon.
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Obviously I cannot go... But what is the purpose of this trip?
Buying "toys" at a special price for RFF members

Not sure Dave but from my side is simply an opportunity to visit the factory and to have some speak with Leica People...not planning to buy anything...

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Obviously I cannot go... But what is the purpose of this trip?
Hi Dave,

For me, it is about a chance for a meeting with the Leica CEO to better understand where Leica is going with it all. Wetzlar happens to be on the way between Nuremberg and Bonn which is my set driving route, so stopping there is no extra effort or cost. Oliver Kaltner is now my Linkedin connection, and so is the past Leica CEO. This may help one day and maybe it will not help. Again, there was no cost associated with it. Life is short, and I want to explore life as much as I can.
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Earlier on I was considering to join but I had a strange episode which vaguely resembled a migraine attack four weeks ago and I haven't been able to work since. Terrible fatigue and lack of concentration. Won't get better anytime soon either AFAICT.

I won't join. Have fun guys.
Take care of yourself, Johan. This is most important. I am sure that we will have some thread about the visit to Wetzlar in the end. Thanks.
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I just arrived in Switzerland yesterday.
Looks like Germany is not on the docket for this year.
Will be back home on May 15th

Sorry to miss meeting you all there. Say hi to Wetlar for me.
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So we have two families going to Wetzlar so far.I recall "Kent" lives close by in Marburg, and he wanted to join us there.

Kent ... can you see this thread?
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I just arrived in Switzerland yesterday.
Looks like Germany is not on the docket for this year.
Will be back home on May 15th

Sorry to miss meeting you all there. Say hi to Wetlar for me.
No problem, Andy. I would not make a special trip just to visit Wetzlar. There are more important things to do in life. Enjoy Switzeeland.
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Buying "toys" at a special price for RFF members

Not sure Dave but from my side is simply an opportunity to visit the factory and to have some speak with Leica People...not planning to buy anything...

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Same as you, Robert. No money or plan for buying yet another Leica "toy". I hope that we can see/hold/use a new Leica product a little while we are there. Who knows ...
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I am so envious of you guys. I last set foot on Europe 10 years ago.
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You may glimpse the new M-D 262 Leica, Raid. If so, we all want to know about it...
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I'd love to have a tour, but that's about it. I bought my share of new Leica gear in the past, but will only buy used from now on. So I'm not a real customer. But I'm looking forward to a report on the visit.

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Thank you for your support, John. I am sure that Robert and I will have something to report about.
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I am so envious of you guys. I last set foot on Europe 10 years ago.
It is costly, Vincent, and it is time consuming.
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Try out a couple of "toys" would be very interesting...
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I am also considering taking with me only Leica products, in case they offer us to check/clean/adjust the equipment there.
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I'll bring for this journey the M7 + x1 and the Polaroid Land Camera...
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Kent is also onboard! Confirmed via pm at RFF.

I will bring along M9 and the Summilux as my main set. I will also bring with me the Rigid Summicron. I am torn between bringing also the M8 and/or the SWC. The Land 250 has to stay here in Florida for now.
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tom.w.bn also is joining us in Wetzlar.


1. Robert and spouse
2. Kent
3. Tom
4. Raid and spouse
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The most fun for me is to meet people. I am looking forward to the Wetzlar meeting.
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It is costly, Vincent, and it is time consuming.
Hi,

I often read comments like this and wonder why. Living in England on a pension I see mainland Europe as a place for cheap holidays with opportunities to get some of my money back by bringing supplies home...

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Hi David, you are fortunate. For me, a trip to Europe is costly too. One Singapore dollar exchanges for €0.65 only. I remember the last time I went for a round Europe trip, most things cost almost numerically similar to what it cost at home but in Euro.
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I often read comments like this and wonder why. Living in England on a pension I see mainland Europe as a place for cheap holidays with opportunities to get some of my money back by brining supplies home...

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I live far away from Germany, as you know, David. I view travel to Europe and to Asia (when I can afford it) as a very important way for showing to my daughters that the world is big and that people while they appear to be very different, they in fact are very similar. We have the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful (inside) all over the globe.
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I have emailed Silke Bernhardt (at Leica) our short list for May 31.
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I have just received an email from the Leica Global Outreach Director, followed by an email from the CEO (Oliver Kaltner). Mr. Kaltner has confirmed a meeting with him on May 31 from 2-3pm in Wetzlar. He will meet with the entire group.
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That's a bit earlier than I expected but I have some overtime hours to spend and no business meeting that day in my schedule Blocked the day already.


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I wish I could join you!
are you *only* going to meet with the CEO or also visit the production line etc?
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Hi David, you are fortunate. For me, a trip to Europe is costly too. One Singapore dollar exchanges for 0.65 only. I remember the last time I went for a round Europe trip, most things cost almost numerically similar to what it cost at home but in Euro.
Hi,

Interesting answer and it set me thinking. I have almost always worked in The City (of London for our friends across the pond) and always felt sorry for tourists being fleeced, imo. So I ate a normal office worker lunch and they paid through the nose for it.

Now, taking RFF as the model, it seems to me that we are all willing to help each other out and so I wonder if there's a forum somewhere that swaps ideas and facts for overseas visitors to avoid the tourist traps but still see the sights.

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I live far away from Germany, as you know, David. I view travel to Europe and to Asia (when I can afford it) as a very important way for showing to my daughters that the world is big and that people while they appear to be very different, they in fact are very similar. We have the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful (inside) all over the globe.
Thanks, I guess the travel costs for several of you eats into the budget. And, of course, youngsters can empty a 'fridge of food in seconds and refilling it costs a fortune...

Anyway, I'll wish you all 'bon voyage'.

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I wish I could join you!
are you *only* going to meet with the CEO or also visit the production line etc?
We get VIP tours at Leica too.
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