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Dr. Andreas Kaufmann

Chairman of the Board, Leica

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Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Board, Leica Camera
[This is a compilation of two talks Dr. Kaufmann gave to the Leica Historical Society of America; one at the George Eastman House on October 12, 2007, and the other at a meeting of the Society on October 13th.]

Dr. Kaufmann related some of the recent timelines for Leica:
1976 – 1st Autofocus camera; when presented to the Board, the Board made the comment that, “our customers can focus.” So the patent was given to Minolta!!!
1988 – Factory moved from Wetzler to an old furniture factory in Solms.
1994 – 1st Leica Digital Camera, the S1, was produced and then abandoned.
2002 -- Dr. Kaufmann and his two brothers created ACM. Now he owns it completely.
2005 -- ACM purchased a majority in Leica.
November 2007 -- he will be the total owner of Leica.

In January 2008, they will start work on the 40-acre Leica Park in Wetzler; moving the Leica Camera factory from Solms with production from that new, Wetzler factory in January 2009!

The factory will be not only the place for Leicas to be built, but also it will be designed so that tours of the factory will be encouraged.

Besides the factory, there will be a Leica Museum as well as 2 other companies that are owned by ACM, Dr. Kaufmann’s holding company.

In response to a question, Dr. Kaufmann said that a film “M” camera would be produced as long as there was enough demand for it to be profitable.

In his presentation, Dr. Kaufmann had a diagram that divided the slide into 4 parts. The upper left part was Expensive/Expert; the lower right part was Inexpensive/Amateur. The current M camera would be in the upper left part with the R series just below it. A new R camera is being developed that will be about the same position as the current R. However, a new M is being developed which is aimed at being less expensive and less technical (expertise) than the current M. Intriguingly enough is the new camera, called the “X” camera for now, that is in the intersection of the expense and expertise lines.

When asked about the new R, he wouldn’t be specific, but he did say that ideally, it would have autofocus and a larger than full-frame sensor!!!! Plus a lot of other advances.

In addition to all this, about 20+ new lens are being developed.

It looks like a bright future for Leica!!!!
 

 

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