Leica should develop a cheaper body!!!!!

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Leos Senior Member • Posts: 2,067
Re: Leica should develop a cheaper body!!!!!

PeterLeyssens wrote:

Done, the cheaper body is a fact. Now let's see if it goes selling like hot cakes like you predicted.

Its not cheaper than the M9 ? Only uglier and missing a few features

PeterLeyssens Senior Member • Posts: 1,506
Re: Leica should develop a cheaper body!!!!!

Leos wrote:

Its not cheaper than the M9 ? Only uglier and missing a few features

No ? B&H has the Leica M9 at $7K and this is announced at $5,5K. That's enough to buy you a Summarit lens to go with the body. In the UK, it's 5K vs 4K pounds resp. Strange they didn't announce Euro pricings.

Peter.

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Re: Leica should develop a cheaper body!!!!!

In an alternate universe Leica is owned by sensible people. At Photokina they have just announced a camera called the M10 which is just like the new Leica M but it costs £1500 and comes with an EVF in the box. They also make a camera like the ME but it costs £900, it's called the M9 and they didn't bother making an announcement.
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laquila65 Regular Member • Posts: 200
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I think Leica shouldn't change a thing. They should continue producing the same classic look and feel cameras for as long as they can. And when they can't, they should call it quits, meaning they should switch to producing "technology" crap priced accordingly. Oh wait, that's what people here have been proposing all along, haven't they? Well, it'll come to this, it always does, so hang in there...

Then again, I don't see why wait. Nikon, Canon, and Sony are out there right now with all the technology readily available. For 300 bucks you can have it all: high megapixels, high ISO, live view, touch screen, electronic viewfinder, focus peaking, HD video, pocket size, even the ability to use Leica glass! I mean, 300 bucks, folks! The future is HERE!!!

I can't really afford a brand new Leica, but I can afford a slightly used one, so the current state of things works for me. Back in the day, I could afford a used S-class W140 Mercedes and I bought one. Today's MB is no different than a Toyota, so what's the point? Same is going to happen to Leica. To me, the day a Leica camera receives a live view and an EVF will be the end of Leica. Oh wait, it did happen! To quote a classic, the more things change, the more they suck!

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Yeah.. change really sucks...

laquila65 wrote:

Back in the day, I could afford a used S-class W140 Mercedes and I bought one. Today's MB is no different than a Toyota, so what's the point? Same is going to happen to Leica. To me, the day a Leica camera receives a live view and an EVF will be the end of Leica. Oh wait, it did happen! To quote a classic, the more things change, the more they suck!

Yeah, I was happy back in the day when TVs were black and white.. then they came out with those new-fangled color TVs.. then they made them flat screens with high definition.. bleh! Same goes for telephones.. I liked the old phones where you had to actually dial a number using a rotary dial.. not using buttons.

I'm with you.... Change really sucks doesn't it?

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Re: Leica should develop a cheaper body!!!!!

laquila65 wrote:

I can't really afford a brand new Leica. Back in the day, I could afford a used S-class > W140 Mercedes and I bought one. Today's MB is no different than a Toyota, so what's > the point?

I'm with ya mam. When I went car shopping I couldn't tell the difference between a Corolla and E Class Mercedes. So I just got the Corolla. All that newfangled gear like power windows and wheels without hubcaps are for crap. I know Mercedes did away with hubcaps just to save money. When I saw the hubcaps on my Corolla I knew Toyota wasn't cutting any corners. Automobiles plateaued with air conditioning. Now that all cars have air conditioning they're all the same. My Corolla gives me the same driving experience than any Mercedes model. For the love of all things holy I just wish Leica would go back to film so we could all be happy again.
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laquila65 Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: Yeah.. change really sucks...

Jim Radcliffe wrote:

Yeah, I was happy back in the day when TVs were black and white.. then they came out with those new-fangled color TVs.. then they made them flat screens with high definition.. bleh! Same goes for telephones.. I liked the old phones where you had to actually dial a number using a rotary dial.. not using buttons.

I'm with you.... Change really sucks doesn't it?

The way it goes on now, yes, change sucks. Name one photographer you admire who had a habit of replacing his/her cameras every 6 to 12 months (photographers on Nikon payroll don't count). Enough changes already, please.

Speaking of TV's, my grandmother hated color TVs. To her, people's faces looked unnatural on them, so she continued to watch a black-and-white set till the end (but B&W does look good, doesn't it?). Also, this may surprise you, but a phone with a rotary dial had never prevented me from enjoying a conversation

My point is, a true Leica has everything needed to make great photographs. The "technology" only gets in the way. Some technology is OK, but, like I said earlier, enough is enough, god dammit!

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