The rumours have been around for a while now, but yep… it’s 100% official as you can see by the Leica press release.
Well most of us knew anyway, in the back of our minds that there never was going to be a digital solution for the Leica R system. We just have to face up to the fact that it is/was an antiquated SLR system, sure with outstanding glass but no future. Sad but true Leica never really got their act together with the R system. Lenses were made by Leica, Minolta, Schnieder , Zeiss and Sigma over the years. Bodies by Leica and Minolta. What a hotpotch of companies. Now all we have is a marketplace where second hand it’s cheap prices have the vultures circling for bargains and owners who invested in very expensive glass are left with no hope.
Leica R… yes you served many well may you R.I.P
I must admit that Leica’s tactics of actively promoting the rumours of a possible R10 body amount to just a cruel trick played on the ever hopeful Leica R users. Maybe.. maybe… but in the end no. I can understand those who are really disappointed in Leica especially given the prices they sell lenses at. But now… in reality I have to say the R system has gone and Leica are finally moving on ( they do seriously need to carry out some discardia). For those who wish to own and use some of the world’s finest SLR lenses then start hunting. For those who feel let down well time to go forward ditch the L brand and look to something else or otherwise book a session with your therapist. As the idea of a digital R body isn’t going to happen at least in this dimension. ( ah but then again there is always is the Stargate).
At least for those hardcore R folks like doug herr plenty of used gear abounds.