Leica has a customer
There would ordinarily be nothing unusual about this—photographers are often proud and happy when they acquire a nice new piece of gear. But when a certain Ned Bunnell mentioned on his blog that he'd acquired a new Leica D-Lux 4 to keep his 42-year-old M4 company, it was indeed a little unusual...because Ned is the president of Pentax Imaging, the U.S. arm of Hoya Corporation's Pentax Imaging Systems Division.
Personally, I completely get Ned's explanation—Pentax doesn't make a directly competing product, and who better to head a camera company than someone who's a photographer and photography enthusiast first and foremost? He mentioned that when the Honda Accord first graced these shores, GM forbade its employees to show up at their parking lots driving one (a story I haven't been able to confirm so far), but that, in retrospect, they probably ought to have done the opposite and issued one each to all their executives. Isn't it best to know what your competition's doing?
Nikonians for pay
I'm really not up on this one, so maybe readers in the know can fill me in on the current status of Nikonians, a leading Nikon enthusiast site. From what I hear, the site's PTB decided a short while ago to switch over to being a pay site by limiting the participation options for non-paying members. (That was the original plan for this site, but friends convinced me that it wasn't "Web 2.0." Being still Web 0.5 myself, I don't know what Web 2.0 means, but I'm getting off track.) Anyway, there have apparently been a lot of, er, feelings expressed about the switch at Nikonians and the reasons behind it, and I've been wondering how that's going....
fakechuckwestfall asked to cease and desist
And about this (if it's still there!), perhaps the less said the better. Real Chuck Westfall (right) is someone who's been friendly and generous to me over the years; few people so highly placed in any company I've ever had to deal with have been as unfailingly generous with their time and knowledge. Many times Real Chuck went out of his way to provide good, solid information for me when needed. He's deeply knowledgeable about the products—all the products—he represents, and I've known him to personally help photographers of every description, seemingly tirelessly. Chuck didn't personally make Canon the World's #1 camera maker, but he's done his part to help make that happen—and Canon's lucky; there aren't a whole lot of guys like him out there. Say what you want to about any camera—I certainly do—but don't make good folks (and their families) into straw dogs in the process, I say.
(Thanks to a variety of tipsters)
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