Hopefully my doom and gloom attitude is completely wrong, and Leica stays elite and continues to make superior equipment.[/QUOTE]. .

I also hope Leica does not divert from its philosophy of superior quality. Sadly, in a world of short term thinking and "instant everything", the appreciation of true quality is likely to rest with a knowledgeble minority.

Proverb worth repeating in the circumstances: "The feeling of bitterness over a poor quality product, remains long after the sweetness of a bargain price has been forgotten."