Ian Fairchild added an interesting thought to yesterday's "lensmakers" post. He said, "Agree with list with one exception. I would put Leica S lenses at the very top. They are as close to perfection as it gets. Prefer Zeiss to Leica M though."
Although I was talking more about "character" and what you might call a "house look" when I concocted that little list, I might agree—if I had more experience with Leica S lenses. I've seen one, held one, made a snap or two with one, but haven't gotten to know any of them. (I have considered asking my friend Jack if he'd like to do a "Leica S Example Print Offer" some day, though. I always like enabling people to see for themselves, with their own eyes. It's a good corrective to Internet blather lest the latter get too disconnected.)
As you might remember, I approve heartily of the S system.
By coincidence, Jack sent me a link to an interesting interview in Forbes magazine with Stephan Schulz, the Head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG. It's difficult for me to test how links work for others, but I think Forbes is behind a subscriber wall and I think you can get to the article anyway if you Google the article title, which is "How Leica Camera Is Reinventing The Medium-Format Market On Its Own Terms." Try that and see if it works for you.
As Jack says, a "very candid" interview. Herr Schultz reveals S sales figures, for one thing.
(Thanks to Jack MacDonough)
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David Dyer-Bennet: "Getting to the article via Google worked for me, anyway, and I know I don't have a subscription or even an account at Forbes. Kind of interesting how he compresses the time between the original invention of Leica and the S system. Leica did indeed get started by upsetting the applecart with a smaller format and lenses that performed on it—but that was a while ago."
Dennis: "That was a great interview. While I'd never buy a Leica because of the value proposition as it pertains to me, I can definitely respect the company with that kind of sensibility at the top."