By Heinz Richter
I can still hear the mockery when Leica introduced the first Leica Monochrom. Many of the comments stated that Leica was crazy to introduce a black and white only camera. Well, not crazy enough, because surprisingly many photographers did embrace the camera, to the extent that additional versions have been on the market for a while already.
So it seems that the initial criticism of the Leica SL was indeed premature. With the exception of Leica, virtually all camera manufacturers have shown considerable losses of sales. Nikon has reported the layoff of at least 1000 people to lower overhead and they also announced that none of their cameras will be produced in Japan in the future for the same reason. Indications also are that Olympus cameras might disappear from the market altogether. Sales figures in general have shown that the only market that has shown definite growth is that of mirrorless cameras. While not considered a typical mirrorless camera as such, the Leica M line of cameras must be included in those figures as well.