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I can understand him; I feel the same every time Microsoft decide to change almost everything again...


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Who else but Leica would make a camera like the 262 MD, MM or M 10? And still be able to use most of the old lenses on digital bodies is also another huge plus.
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Old 10-23-2019   #43
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I need large letters with lots of pictures, so I'm OK about this.
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Call me a drama and smut queen, but Leica still does crazy very well.

About 7 years ago the rumor popped up that they were going to build a M with a monochrome sensor. One poster here on RFF said it was dumb and stupid. LOL. Another said no one will buy it. LOL.

So now 7 years later Leica promotes the "L" mount and is making APO wides. What other company does that?

To me Leica is still Leica. I must ask, "Why all the haters?" LOL.

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Call me a drama and smut queen, but Leica still does crazy very well.

About 7 years ago the rumor popped up that they were going to build a M with a monochrome sensor. One poster here on RFF said it was dumb and stupid. LOL. Another said no one will buy it. LOL.

So now 7 years later Leica promotes the "L" mount and is making APO wides. What other company does that?

To me Leica is still Leica. I must ask, "Why all the haters?" LOL.

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Perhaps because the opposite of Love is Indifference. Hate is a passion on the other side of Love's coin often born of the latter's betrayal, rejection, change, abandonment, etc.
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Perhaps because the opposite of Love is Indifference. Hate is a passion on the other side of Love's coin often born of the latter's betrayal, rejection, change, abandonment, etc.
James,

Kinda funny. I would say that I respect Putts for his advanced technical background that he applies to evaluating lenses.

Today Leica is developing some remarkablely perfect lenses that are mucho highly corrected, but not harsh. I cite the APO 35 Cron-L.

I would think that Puttz would embrace these developments. Also as we know with digital more perfection is required.

If Leica did not develope/create the M Monochrom, I likely would still be an analog die-hard.

I think some of the words you mention above apply to the opposite of love.

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Whether an enthusiast wants to keep writing about a particular brand, or not, is inconsequential. Making a big announcement about stopping is all just a lot of emotional drama, to me.

It seems a similar kind of drama alike to those who make a big deal out of whether they are going to leave a forum...

I'll get some popcorn and enjoy the performance.

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This thread prompted me to spend about two hours reading his “stuff”. Gawd! How does one man pack all those words and thoughts into his head?? :-)
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Don't know how old the veritable Erwin is but he seems set in his ways. I do believe from other musings of his his that he understands that evolution is inevitable but do agree with him that the M's have not been given the attention they merit if Leica claims that it's their core historical business.

Think about it; the M are always embedded with outdated tech at release, whether a chincy EVF, archaic rear LCD, weak processors, less than state-of-the-art sensors (despite rarified cost) or tiny buffers.

I understand his frustration with the neglect.
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K,

Zip code 10029 is also known as Hell Gate where I live. Basically the worse neighborhood in Madhattan. East 100th Street where Bruce Davidson recorded the extreme poverty of 1969 is a block away from my "Ghettobuster" building.

AKA Spanish Harlem and SpaHa to some.

Pretty rat infested. I saw rat "pancakes" outside my building in the street three times over the past month. Down the block is a halfway house they use to be named "The Parole Transition Institute," but they toned it down so the guys that hang out on the corner smoking are less visible.

One of my African American neighbors tells me back in the day one side of our block was black, the other Italian, and basically he could not cross the street unless in a gang.

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This thread prompted me to spend about two hours reading his “stuff”. Gawd! How does one man pack all those words and thoughts into his head?? :-)
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OCD. A common characteristic of photographers.

Know that I have a boring day job and pretty much I use RFF to pass the time. LOL.

I'm the same as Puttz, but different. LOL.

You should stop at a NYC Meet-Up to learn the obsessive and addictive behavior as a personality profile. Ever have GAS? Ever loose sleep over a camera? I have. LOL.

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This thread prompted me to spend about two hours reading his “stuff”. Gawd! How does one man pack all those words and thoughts into his head?? :-)
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For a big headache reed his "Leica Compendium."

This is very big and thick book of all his reviews. The book is kinda collectible and was printed in limited editions. There last printing was the third edition.

I had a copy of this that was given to me. Joe wanted it, but after finding out it was valuable I contacted Philippe to ask if he wanted it back. Joe eventually coughed up some dough to purchase it.

I find his reviews great for "cherry picking" gear.

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Zip code 10029 is also known as Hell Gate where I live. Basically the worse neighborhood in Madhattan. East 100th Street where Bruce Davidson recorded the extreme poverty of 1969 is a block away from my "Ghettobuster" building.

AKA Spanish Harlem and SpaHa to some.

Pretty rat infested. I saw rat "pancakes" outside my building in the street three times over the past month. Down the block is a halfway house they use to be named "The Parole Transition Institute," but they toned it down so the guys that hang out on the corner smoking are less visible.

One of my African American neighbors tells me back in the day one side of our block was black, the other Italian, and basically he could not cross the street unless in a gang.

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The biggest explosion in N America in the 19th century I believe, was when an island (no more than a rocky outcropping) inside the vortex of Hell Gate was obliterated by a tunneling operation that went below the East River and into the Rock. It had been a navigational hazard since Dutch settlement in the 1610's and the turbulence it created gave the pool of water its name. It is a tidal convergence of the Long Island Sound and the East River channels. A great deal of water flows at considerable speed.

The whirlpool remains but tamed by comparison.

The neighborhood is also home to the famed Rao's Italian Restaurant (about a 1 year wait for a table reservation--not kidding you), and the original Patsy's Pizza, one of the best on all the island. Also, authentic Mexican food over on Lexington Ave and the lows 100's for 1/2 the price of all the places downtown. The whole neighborhood changed for the better until Komrade Mayor "Bill" diBlasio took the helm. That's not even his real name (Warren Willhelm, in fact).
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The biggest explosion in N America in the 19th century I believe, was when an island (no more than a rocky outcropping) inside the vortex of Hell Gate was obliterated by a tunneling operation that went below the East River and into the Rock. It had been a navigational hazard since Dutch settlement in the 1610's and the turbulence it created gave the pool of water its name. It is a tidal convergence of the Long Island Sound and the East River channels. A great deal of water flows at considerable speed.

The whirlpool remains but tamed by comparison.

The neighborhood is also home to the famed Rao's Italian Restaurant (about a 1 year wait for a table reservation--not kidding you), and the original Patsy's Pizza, one of the best on all the island. Also, authentic Mexican food over on Lexington Ave and the lows 100's for 1/2 the price of all the places downtown. The whole neighborhood changed for the better until Komrade Mayor "Bill" diBlasio took the helm. That's not even his real name (Warren Willhelm, in fact).
Hell Gate is an interesting neighborhood. Lots of poverty. 25% of the population lives in public housing. 25% of the housing stock that is above store fronts is also vacant. 50% of the population receives some form of government money. Pretty much the poverty is institutionalized.

When I first moved to Spa-Ha, my primary care physician told me that if I get stabbed or shot to go to Metropolition Hospital that is a few blocks from where I live because it has one of the best trauma units due to mucho practice.

About two years ago a NYPD cop was killed not far from where I live. A good amount of crime.

Bill the Mayor caused 125th Street to deteriorate to where it reminds me of the Bowelry in the 70's. His program Vision Zero I call Zero Vision. Congestion, traffic and pollution have worsened, and instead of reducing fatalities of pedestrians fatalities are up.

The amount of mentally ill has risen under his terms. NYC I feel is less safe. Bill is a joke that is not funny.

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Hell Gate is an interesting neighborhood. Lots of poverty. 25% of the population lives in public housing. 25% of the housing stock that is above store fronts is also vacant. 50% of the population receives some form of government money. Pretty much the poverty is institutionalized.

When I first moved to Spa-Ha, my primary care physician told me that if I get stabbed or shot to go to Metropolition Hospital that is a few blocks from where I live because it has one of the best trauma units due to mucho practice.

About two years ago a NYPD cop was killed not far from where I live. A good amount of crime.

Bill the Mayor caused 125th Street to deteriorate to where it reminds me of the Bowelry in the 70's. His program Vision Zero I call Zero Vision. Congestion, traffic and pollution have worsened, and instead of reducing fatalities of pedestrians fatalities are up.

The amount of mentally ill has risen under his terms. NYC I feel is less safe. Bill is a joke that is not funny.

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1++++ on all accounts, Cal.
I live close nearby you and a woman was raped in broad daylight @ 96th and 2nd Avenue just outside the new Q train terminus by a permanent subway 'resident'. Cops have been told to stand down on subway denizens. Its heading toward 1980's again, when diBlasio learned governance from his first boss, arguably the most inept NYC Mayor in the 20th century, David Dinkins. Developer donations are more important than the long-term fate of people bound to public housing (note the Housing Authority scandals).

More evidence of 'Zero Vision'.
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I live close nearby you and a woman was raped in broad daylight @ 96th and 2nd Avenue just outside the new Q train terminus by a permanent subway 'sleeper'. Cops have been told to stand down on subway denizens. Its heading toward 1980's again, when diBlasio learned governance from his first boss, arguably the most inept NYC Mayor in the 20th century, David Dinkins.

More evidence of 'Zero Vision'.
James,

That attack/rape was not so long ago, but also know that mucho crime in Hell Gate goes unreported.

In fact you reminded me that there is some NYPD Community Affairs meeting coming up a week from today, next Wednesday.

Seems like I draw out the crazies. Perhaps it takes one to know one. LOL. Down the block on Lexington Avenue I'm just walking along "minding my own business" when this local guy takes note of my camera and engages with me.

He introduces himself as "Leo," but then he tells me that is not his real name. ***. So it seemed every other sentence made sense, followed by a sentence that made no sense at all.

So Leo mentions that he is a master of Tae Kwon Do, and he shows me his right fist, and I recognize the signs of an "Iron Fist" that displays enlarged knuckles that are oversized.

So evidently Leo is some kinda informant who works with the NYPD. That explains his hidden identity.

I ended up doing some street portraits of Leo, some of them shot close focusing on his remarkable fist with the massive knuckles of a fighter.

Crazy stuff... You can't make this stuff up.

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I think we are rapidly moving towards an era where all non-cell phone cameras will become irrelevant, unless you simply enjoy the craft of film or digital photography. The vast majority of images that people see are on computer and phone screens. You do not need a 3K lens or 8K camera body to produce a fantastic image on that medium. For a while, one could say that "at least my camera can produce nice depth of field unlike the fixed-lens cell phones." Now that is not going to be the case anymore with cell phones using multiple lenses. Also, the AI of a cell phone can do all of the relevant corrections on any photo, color or b&w, better than most people can do with Photoshop or Lightroom.

It's not Leica that may become irrelevant. It's all traditional camera manufacturers. Cameras of the future will be cell phone sized. Computers will do all of the work. The images will be just as good (on a screen, at least) than anything made before.

I try not to sweat it because I love my film cameras (especially the Ms and my Nikon F4) and love film photography. Something about it just feels real in a world where everything now is digitally stored on a remote computer server somewhere. People should buy and enjoy what they like -- whether it be film, a digital M, a mirrorless camera, whatever. The only thing I would hope for is that camera manufacturers will work to make cross-platform lens mounting a reality, especially with mirrorless. More Techarts and less proprietary mounts.
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I think we are rapidly moving towards an era where all non-cell phone cameras will become irrelevant, unless you simply enjoy the craft of film or digital photography. The vast majority of images that people see are on computer and phone screens. You do not need a 3K lens or 8K camera body to produce a fantastic image on that medium. For a while, one could say that "at least my camera can produce nice depth of field unlike the fixed-lens cell phones." Now that is not going to be the case anymore with cell phones using multiple lenses. Also, the AI of a cell phone can do all of the relevant corrections on any photo, color or b&w, better than most people can do with Photoshop or Lightroom.

It's not Leica that may become irrelevant. It's all traditional camera manufacturers. Cameras of the future will be cell phone sized. Computers will do all of the work. The images will be just as good (on a screen, at least) than anything made before.

I try not to sweat it because I love my film cameras (especially the Ms and my Nikon F4) and love film photography. Something about it just feels real in a world where everything now is digitally stored on a remote computer server somewhere. People should buy and enjoy what they like -- whether it be film, a digital M, a mirrorless camera, whatever. The only thing I would hope for is that camera manufacturers will work to make cross-platform lens mounting a reality, especially with mirrorless. More Techarts and less proprietary mounts.

David,

My gal returned to me a Leica CL (digital) with an AF 23 Cron because as you say a cell phone does what she requires, and know that she is a big time blogger.

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Personally, I've had my issues with Leica throughout the years, but they are doing their best to survive in a very competitive, and I dare say - a largely dying industry. My primary concern for Leica is that they're pricing themselves out of what little market share they have (enter economies of scale - yes, I get that).

Leica branded cell phones are in our future - I'm sure of that, but they will still build $5,000 film cameras (seriously!?) for the film purists. However, that expensive film camera will still be shooting cellulite, although with inferior results when compared to whatever digital counterpart there might be at that time (that would be the trade-off), for your grandchildren.

Given it's market share, I wouldn't blame Leica if they dropped the [digital] M camera altogether in favor of EVF.

So I guess I really don't get what Puts' problem is. So Leica is launching headlong into the digital world? And the Leica M is no longer its flagship? - This has happened before, BTW.

And he's abandoning Leica in favor of what?
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My gal returned to me a Leica CL (digital) with an AF 23 Cron because as you say a cell phone does what she requires, and know that she is a big time blogger.

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A cell phone may do all that she, a blogger, requires. It certainly doesn't/can't do all that I, a photographer, require.

Why do we photographers mix these notions up all the time? Photographers needs cameras, all kinds of cameras. No cell phone camera/computer combination does what any larger-sensored digital camera does. They can't.

Film capture is completely set aside from these notions. No one *needs* a film camera to take pictures or do photography any more. Those of us who continue to enjoy film do it because we like it, but assigning "better" or "worse" or any of the other more deprecatory comments to one or the other is foolish. There are a couple of things that a film camera can do more easily than a digital camera but these are generally niche things that only a small number of photographers are concerned with, and "more easily" is a qualitative judgement that depends more on the photographer than on the camera.

None of which has much if anything to do with the drama posted by Erwin Puts and his dissipated love of things Leica. To me, when a writer/commenter/analyst starts talking about "the soul of a camera" (or corporation), it simply means that they've lost their objectivity. Cameras and corporations are the constructions of humans but they are not human, or alive, and therefore have nothing of that sort of themselves.

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Eh. I've heard people say The Real Leica was killed off by the Leitz's partnership with Minolta decades ago. If anyone has unholy Soulless Leicas made after 1972 that they want to dispose of I'd be glad to help exorcise your collection.
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A cell phone may do all that she, a blogger, requires. It certainly doesn't/can't do all that I, a photographer, require.

Why do we photographers mix these notions up all the time? Photographers needs cameras, all kinds of cameras. No cell phone camera/computer combination does what any larger-sensored digital camera does. They can't.

Film capture is completely set aside from these notions. No one *needs* a film camera to take pictures or do photography any more. Those of us who continue to enjoy film do it because we like it, but assigning "better" or "worse" or any of the other more deprecatory comments to one or the other is foolish. There are a couple of things that a film camera can do more easily than a digital camera but these are generally niche things that only a small number of photographers are concerned with, and "more easily" is a qualitative judgement that depends more on the photographer than on the camera.

None of which has much if anything to do with the drama posted by Erwin Puts and his dissipated love of things Leica. To me, when a writer/commenter/analyst starts talking about "the soul of a camera" (or corporation), it simply means that they've lost their objectivity. Cameras and corporations are the constructions of humans but they are not human, or alive, and therefore have nothing of that sort of themselves.

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Godfrey,

I'm a bad cell phone photographer according to my gal. LOL. Perhaps the worse.

So far I have kept Digital-digital, and Analog-analog. I keep them as separate mediums.

For analog film I seem to favor old retro single coated glass that have character/imperfections.

For digital the modern glass is great, but some older glass holds up really well on digital, namely my Noct-Nikkor and "R" glass.

I kinda appreciate what Leica has been doing. I do agree with the above post that the camera market is shrinking. If it were not for Leica I don't think I would have any interest in digital. It all started when Leica came out with the M Monochrom, and remember that one poster here on RFF said was dumb. Who else makes monochrom digital cameras?

I still love this 7 year old primitive camera warts and all: the crappy screen; the slow buffer; the lack of liveview and video... The charm of the MM is that is so primitive and basic is that it almost is like a film camera.

I share your love for the CL BTW. What a great camera. My hope is the new SL2 has the same layout and menus with only three buttons.

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to quote Erwin's blog

"the soul of Leica products has been eradicated. A renewed interest in classical products is the result. The SL and Q are currently the hopeful products for the future. The ghosts of Huawei and Panasonic can be seen all over the campus and while the M-system is still being promoted as the true heir of the Leica lineage, it is now sidelined."

I agree with Erwin that Leica is choosing the wrong path by not keeping the M system as its flagship line. Leica has gone down that path before.
In 1975 the M was discontinued, only to be saved by Walter Kluck and the M4-2.

What will it take for Leica corporate to do an about face, if ever?

Falling profits? New ownership?

Time will tell.

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"the soul of Leica products has been eradicated. A renewed interest in classical products is the result. The SL and Q are currently the hopeful products for the future. The ghosts of Huawei and Panasonic can be seen all over the campus and while the M-system is still being promoted as the true heir of the Leica lineage, it is now sidelined."

I agree with Erwin that Leica is choosing the wrong path by not keeping the M system as its flagship line. Leica has gone down that path before.
In 1975 the M was discontinued, only to be saved by Walter Kluck and the M4-2.

What will it take for Leica corporate to do an about face, if ever?

Falling profits? New ownership?

Time will tell.

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Using cutting-edge tech in the $8,000 M, for starts.
Rear LCDs that aren't already outdated at introduction, EVFs that aren't marginally-useful toys, real buffers.
Maybe even a film scanner using an SL sensor.

These would be good places to start. Partnering with tech thieves and front companies for the Chinese Government like Huawai is not helpful.
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Using cutting-edge tech in the $8,000 M, for starts. Rear LCDs that aren't already outdated at introduction, EVFs that aren't marginally-useful toys, real buffers.[1]
Maybe even a film scanner using an SL sensor.

These would be good places to start. Partnering with tech thieves and front companies for the Chinese Government like Huawai is not helpful.[2]
1] Are you an M user? Does the "not cutting edge" tech. and screen limit you in your creativity and ability to capture the images you envision? Then get an auto focus auto everything, super highspeed 20 fps bulk of a camera with a zoom lens.


2] With all this talk about Huawei potentially allowing Chinese spying ... I take it for granted that everything containing anything by Microsoft is potentially read by the US counterpart. Pick you poison or grab a paper and pencil and use old fashioned snail mail

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And finally to Mr. Puts ...
I have the Leica compendium as well, looked through it a couple of times, collecting no dust in some box. His lens reviews were an intersting read at times. Technical tests and figures that were useful to describe measurable differences. As lenses get better and better, there is a limit to what you can measure by yourself. No commments on his photography exmples.
For his decision ... he's old enough to do what he wants. Sounds a little grumpy to me but hey, I wish him well.
If Leica isn't capitalising on their brand name and optics know how with big turnover items (like cell phone cameras), they might go extinct a few years down the road. Developing "classic" cameras that will only be used be a few gear heads or special edition collector items might not be enough to stay afloat. Rough guess: 90% of people carry a cell phone all the time. Maybe 0.001% carry a camera all the time. Where is more money to earn?

The pink or light blue women accessory and the handcrafted wicker basket sound like an April fools joke to me, if this is indeed for real?
Then of course Puts had to call it quits
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Klaus,

The Compendium I would say is now a limited and rare book. I believe only 1500 were printed in the first edition; 1200 in the second edition; and only 800 in the third edition.

The third addition has some corrections and additions.

John Lee posted a link for a second edition, and the seller had an asking price of $850.00. I know-crazy. Likely never sold.

Joe now owns a third edition that he secured from Philippe. I think Landrew has a copy, but which edition? How crazy is that I know three people with this rare book when only 3500 were printed.

Am I a camera nerd? LOL.

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The Compendium I would say is now a limited and rare book. I believe only 1500 were printed in the first edition; 1200 in the second edition; and only 800 in the third edition.

The third addition has some corrections and additions.

John Lee posted a link for a second edition, and the seller had an asking price of $850.00. I know-crazy. Likely never sold.

Joe now owns a third edition that he secured from Philippe. I think Landrew has a copy, but which edition? How crazy is that I know three people with this rare book when only 3500 were printed.

Am I a camera nerd? LOL.

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1] Are you an M user? Does the "not cutting edge" tech. and screen limit you in your creativity and ability to capture the images you envision? Then get an auto focus auto everything, super highspeed 20 fps bulk of a camera with a zoom lens.


2] With all this talk about Huawei potentially allowing Chinese spying ... I take it for granted that everything containing anything by Microsoft is potentially read by the US counterpart. Pick you poison or grab a paper and pencil and use old fashioned snail mail
1] Yes I am. Roll your eyes all you like, but start up of the M9M was/is laborious, it has a small buffer, slow to write and a limited number of cards could be used. Don't need 20 fps, but firing off 6 or 7 images in rapid sequence slows the device. It was expensive new and should have had kinks worked out. Instead, they simply loaded a monochrome sensor into an M9P body without any hardware upgrades. Not a lot to ask for. My M10 and the EVF is OK but nothing stellar. Not particularly good given its cost. By nature, one is more forgiving with more modestly priced items.

2] Whatever you think of US government surveillance (personally have a very dim view of it and don't trust them at all), I trust the malignant Chinese Communist government and its minions even less.
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Perhaps because the opposite of Love is Indifference. Hate is a passion on the other side of Love's coin often born of the latter's betrayal, rejection, change, abandonment, etc.
Say, that's good! Accurate, i believe.
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Serious question. What would the difference be if Putts quit Leica or not?
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I was a motorcyclist and always thought Harley Davidsons is more a work of art than transportation (it isn't if you ever rode one!). Harley's market is going down a cliff due to its ageing base and a glut of mint condition used bikes in the market at half the price. Their latest electric motorcycle is plagued with problems. I am glad Leica isn't facing a similar fate.
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My guess is the Mr. Puts speaks from more insight when it comes to Leica than some are giving him credit for. When I read his blog post I interpreted things a bit differently. It sounds to me like Leica is shifting their approach to be more in line with that of smartphone manufacturers where the focus (no pun intended) is predominately software based. It also sounds to me that if they haven't actually hired talent away from the likes of Huawei and Panasonic they are at least adapting the approach taken by companies such as those as they prepare themselves for what is to come next. All while tossing the M-system on the back burner.

Leica has done an amazing job with their branding as evidenced by what people are willing to pay for their products today. They figured out that becoming a lifestyle brand was going to provide them with their best chances of survival. The red dot itself is the primary thing that people are paying for these days. In that light the focus on software development makes sense. People have already proven that they are willing to compromise as to what is inside of the cameras as long as the Leica name appears on the outside. My guess is that they are going to further put this to the test as the years go by while catering to an ever evolving target market. Perhaps when it comes to the traditional camera manufacturers Leica will be the last one standing. Just not in the way that most would have imagined.
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I sometimes wonder what would happen if Leica abandoned the M platform totally ... and I suspect that when they think they can, they will!
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I sometimes wonder what would happen if Leica abandoned the M platform totally ... and I suspect that when they think they can, they will!
But think about how profitable it is for them. They can sell really old tech for a massive premium over the "competition". And making RF lenses with no AF, no auto aperture indexing etc is much simpler than building lenses with AF motors, stabilization etc.
With mirrorless kameras like the SL and CL, they ARE in direct competition with the likes of Sony, Canon, Nikon etc. It's much harder for them to sell a lower featured EVF camera for more (much more?) than their rivals.
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Technology doesn't create great photographs. How long did it take Leica to put a meter in an M? I things like auto focus on the M would drive me away. I mean the M is a camera that separates Leica from the herd and everything else that is out there already. You want all that stuff on a camera there is a lot of room to move around. You want something that is like an MM or an M 10 you have Leica. And the M is still their flagship camera.
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Technology doesn't create great photographs. How long did it take Leica to put a meter in an M? I things like auto focus on the M would drive me away. I mean the M is a camera that separates Leica from the herd and everything else that is out there already. You want all that stuff on a camera there is a lot of room to move around. You want something that is like an MM or an M 10 you have Leica. And the M is still their flagship camera.
Allen,

Well said.

Leica rangefinders surely have a cult following.

The M monochrom is a very primitive, basic and simple camera, and that is its charm, warts and all.

I think many here don't see the bigger picture of the Leica evolution/revolution. First came the "S"; next came the SL; then came the M-10. I would argue that these three cameras have more in common than they are different if you count the layouts, controls, processor, buffer.

I would even say the M10 is basically a SL made as a rangefinder. I have a friend who is an SL owner and has remorse buying a M10. Pretty much he agrees that pretty much the M10 is like an SL in disguise. I know this because he asked if I was looking to buy a brand new M10.

Also I own an APO 35 Cron-L. What a crazy lens. Who else makes APO wides?

Thirdly how about the new "L" mount? Don't discount the lack of constraints of the "L" mount. I might say that these APO primes are "future proofed" out maybe 3-4 generations for maybe a hundred MP sensor.

Know that I was told that the Leica "Q" lens is said to be future proofed to 80 MP. So far the Q2 is out and it only has 47 MP.

I await the release of the SL2. It is rumored to have the same 47 MP sensor of the Q2; IBIS; and have a body made of magnesium for lighter weight. It will use the same battery that is used on the SL and SL2.

Meanwhile I see that M users will remain "die-hards." Easy to see if you do the research that there are limitations and constraints on the M-mount.
I hope I don't get death threats or flamed too badly, but this APO-L glass bests any M-lens, even APO M-lenses.

As far as "being accused of being a rich dentist factor" I don't have to be told by haters that Leica gear is expensive, I own a lot of it. LOL.

The fact is the M-Monochrom, although 7 years old, remains an outstanding camera. My SL is going on 5 years old, and it too is a keeper, even if I buy a SL2. This is why I bought into Leica. In real life I grew up poor and I'm a CF. To me I laugh all the way to the bank because there is a enduring vision.

Lastly the weathersealing is a big deal to me, but somehow it remains discounted by others. The other makers from what I know don't offer this all weather capability for longevity and durability. The Q2 has weather sealing and is a valuable upgrade.

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Technology doesn't create great photographs. How long did it take Leica to put a meter in an M? I things like auto focus on the M would drive me away. I mean the M is a camera that separates Leica from the herd and everything else that is out there already. You want all that stuff on a camera there is a lot of room to move around. You want something that is like an MM or an M 10 you have Leica. And the M is still their flagship camera.
+1. I couldn't say it in a better way, thamns.
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Oh, the drama!

This isn't the first time for Erwin to make big noise about exiting...same thing he did with his website a few years ago.



At one point the defunct website was resurrected but it is down again, the wayback machine seems to show the last data available at the end of April 2018.

What's the over/under for when he changes his mind (again?)
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Technology doesn't create great photographs.
I`m not so sure. It enables great photographs to be taken. Although not relevant to the type of photography on this board , the advancement of sophisticated AF systems has made a big difference in sports photography .
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