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| p.2 #7 · Round Table Interview with Eight Major Camera Makers (translation?) |
To me it just makes sense to take advantage of the higher end enthusiast market that exists thanks to Leica and Leica compatible lenses. Isn't the first accessory you buy for a M9 a backup camera made by someone else?
I jest, mostly.
Seriously though, an electronic finder camera (Reid's term, I kinda like it) is a perfect adjunct to a rangefinder camera, at least for anyone that would like to get real close up with their cameras and be accurate about framing, or use wide angle lenses without depending on accessory window finders. And/or for anyone that seriously does need a backup to their M8, M9 or M10... who are they going to turn to, if they want to use the same lenses albeit on a crop camera (which the M8 folks will feel more or less at home with)? Ricoh? Sony? Why not Fujifilm?
I'm not a marketing expert but to me it seems there is more upside in hitching, loosely, one's wagon to someone else's team of enthusiasts you'd like to snag from them or at least share with them.
So my hope, probably an irrational dream, is they somehow support M lenses either through registration space and third parties (Hawk, are you there?) or directly by adopting the M mount in some way and that the sensor plays ball with rangefinder glass of all types.
PS: If their lenses for this new camera are focus by wire and perform in that regard like the X100, I will be predisposed to not liking them, although if they improve the accuracy of the AF we can talk.
Well, as I have mentioned previously, Fuji has been down that road before - hitching themselves to Nikon - and I suspect they could not make enough money just re-selling modified Nikon cameras and not benefiting from the large profit margins in selling lenses and accessories. It will certainly be interesting to see what Fuji does though. If they really do come to market with a unique sensor technology which leap frogs everyone else, I think they would be crazy to not benefit from selling proprietary lenses (that's from their point of view, not me as a consumer) for such technology. I also suspect that if Fuji released a body which was easily used with other lenses, they would end up charging a whole lot more for that body since they would have to factor in the loss of revenue from possible lens sells. Anyway, that's my cold, hard pessimistic view.