Hi everyone it's been a long day and Jack and i actually drove from LV to Moab Utah and i drove from Phoenix to LV early this morning , so I am wiped out but after a 2 hour sit down with 5 leica folks with Jack and i it was real clear to us what all this silly language really comes down too. Lot's of words for a very basic concept. First and foremost the Leica M8 will always be a leica M8 and be built exactly like it is today period, call it the base model . Just like you go to a car dealer and order a BMW 325 base model. Exactly like that Leica will not make a upgraded camera to be sold as a upgrade camera. A dealer may actually have 5 bodies sent to Leica and have a upgrade installed and sell it like that at his price but LEICA will only make a base model. Now just like a car you order options for a BMW there is a sports package , performace package and let's say a off road package you don't need one to have the other. Same with Leica the first upgrade package is LCD, shutter the next upgrade or number two will be what ever technology is available that they can install on the base M8 than let's say there is another upgrade call that number 3.
Now you can skip number 1 and get number 2 or get number 1 and skip number two and also get number 3 . So you can pick and chose your options and you don't need 1 option to get a another. No preference you can bounce around with the 3 let's say and also get them at any time you want . So let's say you want number 1 option, you can wait if you really want to until number 3 comes out and still get number 1.
Now no matter what when you get a upgrade you get a 2 year warranty from that time you have it done.So folks like me that my orginal warranty ends November this year , if I had a upgrade in August than my new warranty is now starting in August 08 and ends 2010 but if I add upgrade option 2 in Next Feb than i get a 2 year warranty from that date.
I have to go over all my notes and try to compile all the questions but this part covers quite a few questions right off the bat.
Now you pay for this first upgrade in March to get scheduled for August . Like i said in another thread this is to guarntee your place in line for scheduling and Leica will charge you ahead of time because than you are committed to the schedule. So yes you have to pay to play , just like a concert ticket you pay for it in advance than go 3 months later.
But this sole purpose is to make sure your scheduled upgrade gets done in 4 weeks . Like I said early if you can schedule according to the work load that can be handled than there are no delays. This is not like repairs where 1000 units show up and not enough man power to handle it. With this program they have a number that can done in exactly 4 weeks and let's say that is 300 a month than if your number is 301 well you go to next month. First come first serve basis.
I have to go back and read my notes and make some comments later just to beat up right now but I will add Jack and i did play with the upgraded camera and it is significant noise reduction and also it is smoother to release the shutter also. Which BTW we both said we are getting the upgrade. It was really sweet i have to say and i know i could easily pick up a stop on the slow side.
Check in later