Smeggypants: I shall NEVER rent software. End of.
The difference being you pay once and rent it forever. You don't have to keep paying to use the software.
Paul Guba: Makes you wonder how many lenses Fuji is planning on making. Problem Fuji has had is it never had a complete system. Its DSLRs relied on Nikon mount which is why they missed the boat in that market. Cameras delivered good results back in the day.
Niche market at best. If a user had Leica lenses they may buy it but I don't see it happening the other way around, have the adapter buy Leica lens. I will add its not a full frame sensor, so can't leverage all the quality of those great optics.
Always gets back to the nostalgia factor. Leica looking camera with Leica lenes. If that is your market, then it makes perfect sense.
I'll have to respectfully disagree Paul. Whilst I don't own a Fuji (I own a NEX 7), I'm sure there will be plenty of people that buy the adapter just so they can go and buy the excellent quality M mount lenses to mount on their cameras.
I don't even own an native Sony lens for example. All of my lenses are M mount Zeiss lenses. And I don't think I'm alone. Have a look in the alternative equipment forum on FM. There are threads with hundreds of pages of people using cameras with alternate lens systems using adapters.
Are you for real. They fined them $130k for pulling some of the dodgiest corporate shennanigans in quite a while!?
What a joke.
Simon97: I used to be an IT manager for an engineering company. This is the way nearly ALL the software was licensed: It required some sort of USB dongle or a license server or still needed to be authorized like Windows OS or MS Office did (or does?). With most of the engineering software, you paid to use it for a year. If that expired, you paid to renew or lose use of the software and are charged full price of the software if you wanted to use it again.
Depending on the software, we figured it cost us $15,000 for a workstation, but that is still small compared to the cost of the human running it.
Strange model Simon. I've used engineering software for 20 years and never seen that one. Normally you pay "maintenance" which is a fixed percentage of the original license fee. This gets you tech support and upgrades. If you stop paying maintenance you still have your license and dongle. Just no support or upgrades.
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