I think in time manufacturers of the small digital cameras will release enough better lenses that people will not want to get a Leica lens and fuss with it. We are seeing this now with Fuji and Sony. Prices started to really spike on RF lenses a little over a year ago. I don't think they will ever go back down to where they were, but they should decrease at some point.
When the digi-kid's don't want them anymore, how many gray haired film guys are going to step up with cash?
Especially if they already have lenses?
Be realistic. A lot of lenses are going to be back on the market without buyers.
Prices will decline.
Leica R/M to EPIC RED converter will skyrocket all Leica glass prices.
The current CEO (since 2010) Leica Camera AG is Alfred Schopf who was ARRI CEO from 2001 to 2004.
Leica wants a big bite in the movie biz territory, You will see increasing use of Leica glass outside photographic circles.
Justin Stailey from Leica
“I had a dream 10 years ago that I would mount our Noctilux-M onto a small “box” and motion would come out of it. Today that dream came true. It was Epic.
Now that EPIC works with the LEICA-M mount, RED has just opened cinema to the world of still photography in a way that no other motion picture camera has ever been able to do."
and some more..
Glad I got my summicron 35 iv before all these other clowns showed up. F* RED, and F* digital.
Also, good morning!
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
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Well, It was going to happen sooner or later.
Originally Posted by clayne
When RED announced the M mount thingy a few months ago, some of my cinematography buddies went crazy and now there is R mount one on the line.
It looks like there is more Leica appreciation amongst cinematographers than amongst photographers.
One thing to consider: Population and wealth growth--especially in Asia. The demand for all things Leica will never go down anytime soon. The prediction of a correction in Leica pricing has been talked about ever since the big run up in prices in the eighties.
It's as safe of an investment as most anything else out there.
If you are waiting for the prices to go down before you buy something, I doubt you'll ever buy it.
If I could predict the future, I would be so wealthy I wouldn't need to consider the price of anything.
This is true, and I have heard several times, from independent sources, that the trend in China (still growing at 10%) favors authenticity i.e. the Chinese consumer is quickly moving away from discounted knockoffs, and there is a new pride associated with owning high-end, brand-name products. If you couple that with abundant cash flow, the Chinese market alone will support quite a lot of price inflation.
Originally Posted by Ken N
For All The Complaining About Chinese Counterfeits... China Is A Massive Growth Market For Luxury Goods
I also use a digital camera. I think that, in the digital arena, mirrorless cameras are going to conquer a larger share of the market in the future. That will, in turn, keep the interest for old-time manual focus lenses high. Not just Leica, but anything of good quality.
So my simple crystal ball (dating back to 1980, an analogue one) says that this is not a wrong moment to buy into manual focus lenses because second-hand prices are not going to diminish in the "crystal-ball foreseeable" future.