Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/01/01

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Subject: [Leica] Leica - Canon mutual deal
From: Afterswift at (
Date: Sun Jan 1 12:02:30 2006

Leica partnered with Minolta to produce the CL, and Panasonic put out the  
Leica digital P&S models. So working with Japanese outfits isn't new for  
This is just speculation, but it's possible that Canon might buy a small  
percentage of Leica stock as payment for R&D in the development of a  
digital M. 
But that investment in Leica wouldn't represent a takeover.  Canon doesn't 
fear Leica as a competitor because Leica doesn't conflict with  Canon lines. 
Canon doesn't hand finish manual lenses and never will. That's  a Leica 
It's very possible that Canon and Leica managements think that a well  
designed Leica digital M body will be a profitable investment and the  R&D 
can lead 
to breakthroughs that could be applied to the popular Canon  digital lines. 
The upshot is that Leica Solms will follow its own destiny  with some help 
its friends.
Bob R