On May 30, 2008, at 12:55 PM, Philippe AMARD wrote:
Steve Barbour wrote:On May 30, 2008, at 12:36 PM, David Young wrote:Steve pointed out:At this point, putting Leica designed (if not built) lenses on the Panashiba cameras is probably the best thing they have going for them, in terms of (re) building brand awareness.sort of, but it may be awareness of a misleading kind, unless you want the public to see the hole instead of the donut...Well, in a way, Steve. To the masses, all they know is that if they want a better camera, they simply need to buy the Panashiba with the Leica lens.It matters, only to us, that these lenses are not made by Leica. They are Leica designed and just as much a Leica, to the lay person, as the 80~200/f4 Vario is to us - even though it's a Leica design, built by Kyocera, in Japan.but even this lens is miles apart from what most people see as a "leica lens on a panasonic"think small...the public is learning that a leica lens is one of those "good ones" that you get on an expensive $250 digital camera...if that's what they want, they have it, SteveAnd shoot marvelous shots many a Leica owner would say " I wish ..." Look at this : Panasonic DMC FZ50 : Leica DC Vario Elmarit http://www.geebeephoto.com/2008/08100.htm --Graham http://www.geebeephoto.comDo you really think that it is worth multiplying the bill by 20 to get a Leica made in Wetzlar/Solms (from outsourced parts BTW)I don't, not every time at least.
absolutely, if you want it-can afford it...then go for it,do you need it to make great images...not at all, unless your mind is making you believe that.
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