Finally a nail in the Leica coffin

Started Jun 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Just another Canon shooter
Just another Canon shooter Senior Member • Posts: 4,691
Re: Put the coffin away. Leica is doing fine.
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Marty4650 wrote:

People buy Leicas for a lot of reasons, and image quality, which happens to be very high, is only one of those reasons. No one thinks a Sony is a luxury item or a status symbol. Even if you encrust it with jewels and call it a Hasselblad.

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Leica, who really does have outstanding products, has become the benchmark for profligate spending. The problem is... while it might be 10% better it costs 1000% more. And that is just a problem for me, and not a problem for everyone.

I can understand this but not entirely. A luxury car turns heads any time. So does a luxury fur coat, etc. But only a small minority of people know what Leica means (today), and many of those who do, think it is terribly overpriced and not really worth the hype, just look at the responses here. If owning a Leica makes their owners feel good, for whatever reason, that is fine with me. But a luxury symbol (to the rest of the public) - I'd take this with a grain of salt. Most people would be more impressed to see you shooting with an iphone, and will take your Leica for an antique film camera.

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