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    cbretteville got a reaction from bill in Not a foot wrong...   
    Great capture!
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from coup de foudre in Venice Meeting - Thanks to the Organisers   
    First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on the Venice challenge. Andy did the hardest part, the dinner a big thanks to him for that.
     
    <Rant mode on>
    I would like make a general comment on travel to the One Challenge. While I want this to be as quickly traveled and reasonably prized as it can, I can not expect it to be or demand that it is. For the five Challenges the Mrs and I have attended (2006-2010) we were only able to get tickets on a low fare airline and a direct route once, that was to Krakow. For three of the other four we have had to do a transfer in Copenhagen or Frankfurt. We still wanted to come so we accepted both the cost and travel time. When I compare my travels to Erl's three attendances who flies in from Melbourne (even if he combines it with other activities) I bow my head in admiration for his commitment.
    Keeping in mind that this is an international event with a varying location I cannot expect the venue to be at the end of a route that gives me the best possible deal every year, so I don't. The Mrs and I decide how badly want to come and then we either take the travel time and expense or we stay at home.
    <Rant mode off>
     
    I have been asked to disclose the second round in the vote that was done Saturday.
    1: Palermo, 17 votes
    2: Prague, 15 votes
    3. Barcelona, 4 votes
     
    I'm not 100% sure of the count for Barcelona but it was a significantly lower then the other two. I have the exact figure at home.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from Michael-IIIf in Venice Meeting - Thanks to the Organisers   
    First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on the Venice challenge. Andy did the hardest part, the dinner a big thanks to him for that.
     
    <Rant mode on>
    I would like make a general comment on travel to the One Challenge. While I want this to be as quickly traveled and reasonably prized as it can, I can not expect it to be or demand that it is. For the five Challenges the Mrs and I have attended (2006-2010) we were only able to get tickets on a low fare airline and a direct route once, that was to Krakow. For three of the other four we have had to do a transfer in Copenhagen or Frankfurt. We still wanted to come so we accepted both the cost and travel time. When I compare my travels to Erl's three attendances who flies in from Melbourne (even if he combines it with other activities) I bow my head in admiration for his commitment.
    Keeping in mind that this is an international event with a varying location I cannot expect the venue to be at the end of a route that gives me the best possible deal every year, so I don't. The Mrs and I decide how badly want to come and then we either take the travel time and expense or we stay at home.
    <Rant mode off>
     
    I have been asked to disclose the second round in the vote that was done Saturday.
    1: Palermo, 17 votes
    2: Prague, 15 votes
    3. Barcelona, 4 votes
     
    I'm not 100% sure of the count for Barcelona but it was a significantly lower then the other two. I have the exact figure at home.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from farnz in Venice Meeting - Thanks to the Organisers   
    First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on the Venice challenge. Andy did the hardest part, the dinner a big thanks to him for that.
     
    <Rant mode on>
    I would like make a general comment on travel to the One Challenge. While I want this to be as quickly traveled and reasonably prized as it can, I can not expect it to be or demand that it is. For the five Challenges the Mrs and I have attended (2006-2010) we were only able to get tickets on a low fare airline and a direct route once, that was to Krakow. For three of the other four we have had to do a transfer in Copenhagen or Frankfurt. We still wanted to come so we accepted both the cost and travel time. When I compare my travels to Erl's three attendances who flies in from Melbourne (even if he combines it with other activities) I bow my head in admiration for his commitment.
    Keeping in mind that this is an international event with a varying location I cannot expect the venue to be at the end of a route that gives me the best possible deal every year, so I don't. The Mrs and I decide how badly want to come and then we either take the travel time and expense or we stay at home.
    <Rant mode off>
     
    I have been asked to disclose the second round in the vote that was done Saturday.
    1: Palermo, 17 votes
    2: Prague, 15 votes
    3. Barcelona, 4 votes
     
    I'm not 100% sure of the count for Barcelona but it was a significantly lower then the other two. I have the exact figure at home.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from bill in Venice Meeting - Thanks to the Organisers   
    First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on the Venice challenge. Andy did the hardest part, the dinner a big thanks to him for that.
     
    <Rant mode on>
    I would like make a general comment on travel to the One Challenge. While I want this to be as quickly traveled and reasonably prized as it can, I can not expect it to be or demand that it is. For the five Challenges the Mrs and I have attended (2006-2010) we were only able to get tickets on a low fare airline and a direct route once, that was to Krakow. For three of the other four we have had to do a transfer in Copenhagen or Frankfurt. We still wanted to come so we accepted both the cost and travel time. When I compare my travels to Erl's three attendances who flies in from Melbourne (even if he combines it with other activities) I bow my head in admiration for his commitment.
    Keeping in mind that this is an international event with a varying location I cannot expect the venue to be at the end of a route that gives me the best possible deal every year, so I don't. The Mrs and I decide how badly want to come and then we either take the travel time and expense or we stay at home.
    <Rant mode off>
     
    I have been asked to disclose the second round in the vote that was done Saturday.
    1: Palermo, 17 votes
    2: Prague, 15 votes
    3. Barcelona, 4 votes
     
    I'm not 100% sure of the count for Barcelona but it was a significantly lower then the other two. I have the exact figure at home.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from robert_parker in Venice Meeting - Thanks to the Organisers   
    First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on the Venice challenge. Andy did the hardest part, the dinner a big thanks to him for that.
     
    <Rant mode on>
    I would like make a general comment on travel to the One Challenge. While I want this to be as quickly traveled and reasonably prized as it can, I can not expect it to be or demand that it is. For the five Challenges the Mrs and I have attended (2006-2010) we were only able to get tickets on a low fare airline and a direct route once, that was to Krakow. For three of the other four we have had to do a transfer in Copenhagen or Frankfurt. We still wanted to come so we accepted both the cost and travel time. When I compare my travels to Erl's three attendances who flies in from Melbourne (even if he combines it with other activities) I bow my head in admiration for his commitment.
    Keeping in mind that this is an international event with a varying location I cannot expect the venue to be at the end of a route that gives me the best possible deal every year, so I don't. The Mrs and I decide how badly want to come and then we either take the travel time and expense or we stay at home.
    <Rant mode off>
     
    I have been asked to disclose the second round in the vote that was done Saturday.
    1: Palermo, 17 votes
    2: Prague, 15 votes
    3. Barcelona, 4 votes
     
    I'm not 100% sure of the count for Barcelona but it was a significantly lower then the other two. I have the exact figure at home.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from hoppyman in M9 only 1-year warranty??   
    Email Leica Customer Service at cs@leica-camera.com and ask.
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from phancj in M9 only 1-year warranty??   
    Email Leica Customer Service at cs@leica-camera.com and ask.
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from lemures in 21mm Viewfinder   
    Terry,
    As mentioned the Zeiss VF is supposedly the best one around. If the ~$500 price tag dosen't bother you, get one. I have 21 and 25 finders from Voigtländer and am happy with them. I really like the notch in the center of the bright line (both portrait and landscape mode) where the horizon needs to go. They're at least as bright as my M6's finder. At $128 from Steve at Cameraquest they're a good deal.
     
    - Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from Michael-IIIf in Should I wait for a breakdown or upgrade now?   
    Most of us have never had any real problems with our M8s at all. You read about the few exceptions, not the majority. It isn't as if all of them are disasters waiting to happen.
     
    If you decide you want the upgrade, get it. I had mine upgraded last year (frame lines, shutter and sapphire glass), 8 months wait, but worth it. It was a little over three years since i bought it at that point and had gone about 20.000 exposures. Small fries compared to others here.
     
    Some times the loss of 1/8000 is an inconvenience, but it is far, far outweighed by the quietness of the new shutter.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from robert_parker in One Challenge 2010 - Hotel Accommodation   
    I seem to recall getting them in Paris, Berlin and Krakow. I still have all three (plus a few others) do you keep loosing yours Robert?
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! 
    Carl
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    cbretteville reacted to andybarton in Leica/LUF @ P'kina in English   
    The Leica Forum Meeting with Leica Camera
     
    Photokina 2010
     
    Introduction
    At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Schopf briefly introduced himself. He emphasized that he has spent over half of his professional life in optics/optoelectronics; including the ARRI company.
     
    R-SYSTEM
    A digital solution in the form of a R10 was not presentable. Such an investment would have been to great for Leica. The development of the S-System cost €30m. A similar effort for a digital R was not fundable.
     
    What is the digital solution for R-Lenses?
    The bad news: there is no current solution. Leica is working on a solution without a mirror, but detailed specifications are currently “open”.
    Future announcements will only be made, if the solution is deliverable.
    Mr. Schopf emphasized that currently Leica needs time to recover economically.
     
    DMR Service
    There is currently a shortage of replacement parts, because the relationship with the vendor, who have been bought by Hasselblad, is bad.
     
    A solution has been found for dying DMR batteries. Failing batteries can be repaired with new cells; information is available from Customer Service.
     
    In general with regard to the development of digital cameras
    Mr. Schopf: Leica are evaluating sensors are on the market to find out which solutions are available. New solutions will be worked out in cooperation with the chip manufacturers. This kind of collaboration is vital for Leica.
     
    S-SYSTEM
    Leica introduced the fourth S-System lens, a 120mm, at Photokina
     
    Lens shutter
    During Photokina, prototypes were tested with a central shutter; they worked without failures. Market introduction is planned for 2011.
     
    Development
    The S-System will be developed further. Planned introductions are:
     


    24mm Ultra –Wide-angle
    30mm super wide-angle (incl. Optional central shutter)
    30-90mm Zoom
    a tilt-shift lens has not been decided yet demand is under observation and has to be analyzed.
     
    Firmware
    The S2 firmware is programmed by Leica, internally; therefore customer wishes can be actioned quickly.
     
    Market development
    The further market-development of digital medium format cameras was questioned with regard to observations, that important competitors had halved the sizes of their Photokina stands in comparison to 2008.
     
    The S2 has sold very well worldwide, Leica still has a backlog in delivery.
     
    Regionally, sales in Europe are going well, the USA is limping a bit behind while in Asia inquiries boom. Currently the camera is bought mostly by amateurs because professionals need a complete system, which can only be delivered slowly.
     
    With regard to delays in the delivery of central shutters states Mr. Schopf:
     
    “The development started with an external vendor; unfortunately it turned out the vendor could not meet our quality requirements. Development costs multiplied and the vendor was insisting on prepayments. Therefore Leica decided to continue the develop by itself. Currently Leica is not satisfied, as satisfactory quality criteria have not yet been met."
     
    COMPACT CAMERAS
    The upcoming development concentrates on a successor for the X1.
     
    The cooperation with Panasonic will be continued.
     
    The big media buzz on the Fuji X100 demonstrates the the X1 has set an important trend. The X100 is currently an early prototype for which no clear specifications have been set. Dr. Kaufmann sees the X100 as “a sales promotion” for the X1.
     
    X1 Hyperfocal Mode
    By end of 2010 there will be a new firmware for the X1, which will include functionality similar to a hyperfocal mode.
     
    X1 development
    Leica sees much room for a further development, with less interest on contemporary features like HD Video or GPS but classical Leica virtues:
    - simple handling
    - sublime grace design
    - outstanding picture quality
     
     
    X1 Problems
    Problems with the coverings will be corrected fast and at no charge
     
    Leica D-LUX 5
    The Leica D-Lux5 was highly welcomed and Leica has already taken 14,000 orders.
     
     
    M-SYSTEM
    Role of the M9-Titan
    The M9 Titan is not only a special model but also a technology carrier.
    With the LED illumination of the Finder frame and the new wearing concept this model would be, in comparison to cars, a “concept car”.
     
    AF Help / Focus confirmation
    The question was raised whether it is possible to integrate an AF Help into M9 or successors. The answer was no: The M9 is based on a CCD sensor, who cannot produce a live view. The sensor can only be read out 2 times in a second. In addition the sensor would warm up which would increase noise.
     
    Leica prefers optical focusing over the rangefinder. AF functionality would be possible with a future CMOS sensor, which could be used for upcoming generations.
     
    No statements were given to further developments of the M-System.
     
    Possible variants of the M9
    There is a certain demand for chrome Leica M; Leica are analysing whether production makes sense.
     
    Finder variations underneath the current 0,68 magnification are not satisfying with regard to focusing precision, longer magnifications can be principally thought of, but are not planned. Leica refers its customers to magnifying glasses from external vendors.
     
    An a-la-carte program is currently open, a demand for personal engraving is definitely existing.
     
    Delivery situation for lenses
    The M9 started much more successfully than planned; after 9 months the number of pieces was reached which was planned for the complete production cycle. This generated an enormous demand for lenses, but production is not easily to be scaled.
     
    In addition, for some of the glass blanks the delivery time is more than 6 months.
    Mr Schopf asks for some understanding as no compromises want to be made with regard to quality.
     
    M9 Sensor
    Mr. Schopf: the M9 Sensor is most delicate part of the camera, in addition it can only be tested once the camera is completely manufactured.
     
    The reason for cover glass breakages have been extensively analyzed: this was due to the production process of the sensor vendor. The problem is resolved; it if appears again it will be repaired free of charge.
     
    M9 Firmware
    The firmware has reached a stable status, there a no severe bugs anymore. Currently it is worked on partially appearing problems like the “magenta cast” and green edges. Stefan Daniel is sure that this will be resolved with a new firmware.
     
    Weather Sealing
    The wish for a better sealing of the body is on the wish list but can only be accomplished with a new body.
     
    New M-Lenses
    It was indirectly stated that there are minor gaps in the range, but there is an intent to fill these gaps.
     
    Firmware development
    Firmware development will remain in Leica's hands and will not be opened to external developers or users. A changed firmware always means a massive intervention into the complete system which can also harm the camera.
    There is a group of firmware beta testers and their findings flow into the further development.
     
    LEICA PROJECTOR
    The Pradovit D1200 did not reach the intended sales numbers. Leica currently thinking about how to proceed but it is likely that no successor will be planned.
     
    MISCELLANEOUS
     
    Move to the Leitz-Park
    The move is delayed as banks in the beginning of 2009 were not willing to fund even though ACM’s financing was very conservative
     
    CRM System
    Currently a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is being built up which will collect all data from different company entities (CS, Academy, Marketing) to serve as a common database for a all customer contacts.
     
    Film Cameras
    And finally, the question was raised whether Leica continues to produce film cameras.
    In short, the answer is “Yes, we build MP and M7 as there is a demand”.
     
    ___________
     
    Many thanks to my fellow Mod, Klaus, for doing the first part of this translation.
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    cbretteville got a reaction from wda in LFI Issue 7   
    Yesterday.
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    cbretteville reacted to andybarton in Venice - Dinner on Saturday 16/10   
    OK, guys, I'm closing the book on dinner on the 16th. It will take me a while to get the email together for the restaurant. This looks like it could be a very good evening
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! 
    I look forward to seeing everyone, both at lunchtime and in the evening if you can make it.
     
    Just for the sake of "interest", here's how the choices for menu went. There are three vegetarians amongst us, so they don't appear on this list, of course, and there will be 27 of us around the table.
     
     
    Primo piatto:
    - gnocchi alla rucola 5
    - pasta alla carbonara 7
    - lasagne di ricotta e spinaci 0
    - risotto con salsiccia e porcini 12
     
    Secondo piatto:
    - fegato alla veneziana 6
    - ossobuco alla cacciatora 5
    - petto di pollo alla rucola 11
    - spezzatino di manzo 2
     
    Contorno:
    - contorno del giorno 24
     
    Dessert:
    - dessert 24
     
    Acqua:
    - ½ litro 24
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    cbretteville got a reaction from eckart in Venice Meeting Arrangements etc   
    For the night challenge there will be a second round of writing down in the little back book what you are going to use. The two challenges are to be considered separate in all respects. You can enter in one and not the other. It is all up to you. The equipment rules are the same for both challenges.There wil also be two different image posting and voting threads. Where it differs is that for the daytime challenge we have generous prizes from Reddot and Billingham, for the night challenge we don't.
     
    Cheers,
    Carl
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    cbretteville reacted to LUF Admin in photokina - Your Questions To Leica   
    Hi,
    sorry for not answering here yesterday - a photokina week takes its tribute and I needed some hours of rest and sleep
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! 
    As said I took notes during the meeting while also moderating and keeping an eye on the audience for new questions. Thus I have lot of notes but I need some time to go through them and to check with Leica if I understood everything correctly.
     
     
     
    We talked about the R-solution (it was the first topic as I know about the importance).
    Stefan Daniel said "We are working on a solution" - so I hope I'm able to answer your questions with this.
     
    The Leica management didn't say anything regarding time lines, Mr. Schopf several times pointed out that quality and keeping promises they give is most important for Leica.
     
    I personally was impressed by several facts:
    - That the new CEO and the owner of Leica as well as the whole product management took two hours of their time during the most important fair for the company
    - That they several detailed explanations of how some of the past problems are caused
    - The deep knowledge of Mr Schopf regarding technical details and the Leica products - give that he is CEO for four week
    - How open they talked to us - and listened.
     
    Regards
    Andreas
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    cbretteville got a reaction from richam in Venice Meeting Arrangements etc   
    Boy and Girls,
    It is here, the terms and conditions for the Venice One Challenge on October 16. The attached PDF contains all the details as well as the meeting time and place for the day challenge.
     
    There are a few changes this year so I encourage all of you to read through the document.
     
    News: The organizers are exited to inform you all that in addition to the regular day time challenge we are going to hold a second challenge, a night challenge. It will be held some time after dinner on Saturday.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you there!
     
    Carl
    Leica One Challenge 2010 - Venice - Terms and Conditions.pdf
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    cbretteville got a reaction from StS in Venice Meeting Arrangements etc   
    Boy and Girls,
    It is here, the terms and conditions for the Venice One Challenge on October 16. The attached PDF contains all the details as well as the meeting time and place for the day challenge.
     
    There are a few changes this year so I encourage all of you to read through the document.
     
    News: The organizers are exited to inform you all that in addition to the regular day time challenge we are going to hold a second challenge, a night challenge. It will be held some time after dinner on Saturday.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you there!
     
    Carl
    Leica One Challenge 2010 - Venice - Terms and Conditions.pdf
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    cbretteville got a reaction from Steve Ash in Venice Meeting Arrangements etc   
    Boy and Girls,
    It is here, the terms and conditions for the Venice One Challenge on October 16. The attached PDF contains all the details as well as the meeting time and place for the day challenge.
     
    There are a few changes this year so I encourage all of you to read through the document.
     
    News: The organizers are exited to inform you all that in addition to the regular day time challenge we are going to hold a second challenge, a night challenge. It will be held some time after dinner on Saturday.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you there!
     
    Carl
    Leica One Challenge 2010 - Venice - Terms and Conditions.pdf
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    cbretteville got a reaction from vintola in Did Leica Management Learn Anything?   
    Not entirely correct, we can't really say that anyone saved Leica besides Andres Kaufman. Increased product sales helped turn their profits around. The revenue that probably made Leica able to afford making the M9 was made from the sales kicked off by the launch of the M8. It sparked an interest in Leica M bodies and lenses that hadn't been there for years despite it's issues.
     
    Lets be honest, we're neither Leica board members nor part of Leica's management. We all may have an idea of what we would like Leica to offer in the market, but we don't really know anything when it comes to running Leica.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from bill in Did Leica Management Learn Anything?   
    Not entirely correct, we can't really say that anyone saved Leica besides Andres Kaufman. Increased product sales helped turn their profits around. The revenue that probably made Leica able to afford making the M9 was made from the sales kicked off by the launch of the M8. It sparked an interest in Leica M bodies and lenses that hadn't been there for years despite it's issues.
     
    Lets be honest, we're neither Leica board members nor part of Leica's management. We all may have an idea of what we would like Leica to offer in the market, but we don't really know anything when it comes to running Leica.
     
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from bill in Camera cocked uncocked?   
    Leica literature states it does not matter whether the shutters are wound or not during storage. It is recommended that the all the speeds are worked from time to time to avoid sticky gears.
    Carl
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    cbretteville got a reaction from azzo in Venice - Dinner on Saturday 16/10   
    Hope you can make it Ivan.
    Carl
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