the tower of babel


watching .

What does the tower of babel stand for? Did the ancients restrict progress by separation? Have they been afraid of progress as we’re now of digitalization in a global context? Or did they document their struggle of progress by existing language-separation? Or their fear of the foreign others on the same tower/planet? Was it only a god’ly pleasure to restrict humanity from overachieving?

To me the tower of babel shows more joint interests than separating talks. Like today, many of us seek for leaders of separation to cocoon everyone on his ground-floor comfort. Who cares about their foreign next!

All, while humanity has large common issues to resolve and prepare for the next generations:

  • how to survive and personally evolve in reasonable comfort with growing population in a climate changing world?
  • how to keep natural balance?
  • how to sustain economic models of the past? why?
  • how to create sustained new models of society appropriate for these matters?
  • how to pro-act, instead of darwinistic react and adapt when shit hit our faces already?

It is not about separatism and protectionism of nations, it’s about realizing that without such humanity could scratch the doorsteps of God and develop a pro-active responsibility concept of social development.

But we struggle again, much like 100 years ago, like hamsters in a cage, stuck we are.

Bom dia,



The future

The future

The creative create the future

The smart shape the future

The contributor establishes the future

The consumer defines the cultural value of the future

The managing take over control of the future

Fear leaves you behind the future

The ideal future is with the creators’ minds. 

No future is with the fearful and their dependants. 

All others will benefit from the future. 

Bom dia


The new Leica is not for you.


Leica SL has been launched and it is not for YOU.

  • Placement: Full-Format, between Leica M and Leica S System.
  • Target: Big DSLR freelance still photographers who’re using S-System in Studio
  • Lenses: some AF, some more adapted as MF (M, R, TL, S), Many to be developed, many more adapted
  • Quality: equal to Leica Q sensor (slight improvement to Leica M 240), Heavy-Duty Body and water tight
  • Size: huge, with huge Grip to hold well (not possible with M) the large AF tele-lenses planned and many mid-format S-Type Lenses or old R-type Lenses
  • Top-Feature: Huge resolution EVF, 4K Video 24fps
  • Price: adequate to Target and Placement, Price-complains only come from people who don’t understand what target group is being adressed by Leica.

In my view this is a huge solid ugly bastard (T-like GUI, S-Viewer, S-Display, S-Size, R-Lenses-redevelopment, Q-Sensor, S-Electronics). Ugly? Yes, it misses overall design quality, it’s just “cleaned up”. Consider the title, it’s an SL (L=light) compared to the compact mid-format camera Model S. It allows for a much more dynamic camera activity for S-Users. It’s NOT an upgrade for M or a switch-alternative for Nikon/Canon Pro-Consumer Full-format cameras, like D600, 5D or similar, even less a comparable option to Sony A7, regardless of the bullshit some bloggers write.

If you want a compact full-format camera system and somehow payable camera, take a Sony A7II.

If you want a real Rangefinder – M is it.

If you want a professional System for slightly more compact and dynamic still photography than with your mid-format solution, you buy a SL to the S model you already own.

If you want a compact full-format camera for spray-and-pray photography, take a Canon, Nikon

If you want a prosumer compact camera for great pictures, take an Fuji X (any that fits)

If you want a feature-list in a compact body, take a Sony A7RII or RX1RIII or whatever XIWAZ71R name the just gave their new model.

Here’s one far better and longer read:

The new Leica SL is not a competitor for the compact mirrorless market. This is and will remain the TL-System, based on Leica T and the more conservative Leica M System.

An expected System based on the new Q model might appear between or aside of the T and M, but that’s future talk.

End of next year M will receive a hybrid Rangefinder and probably use the SL sensor, if not a slightly improved one.

boa tarde,


Blackstone pressure bursting Leica


My personal experiences with development of sales and marketing strategies, running small operations, and groups within larger global enterprises, working to scale for investors return, lead to the following assessment, with assumptions based on information available to me.

1. this new CEO person worked in top positions in regional markets of global brands. He was NEVER the lead of success, but the local executive lead to success, based on the Global Strategy of others.

2. he has not the slightest competence in marketing this special kind of product to any of the special target groups.

3. Mr. Schopf ‘s strategies “didn’t scale” enough to return the invest of Dr. Kaufman’s dreams, and ensure a planned return to investors.

4. Investors are NOT patient people, NEVER!

5. Investors make WRONG executive decisions, ALWAYS! They are Investors, not CEOs for the invested market. Rarely share the same market. If so, they’d just merge.

6. LEICA will struggle with the new Management, change again, struggle, change again, … We had many of these external management changes destroying big brands. Leica had its share of experience and is just starting again with the same scheme. Stop it very soon, please.

7. Apple, yes, Apple hires the specific people to SCALE new luxury products into new markets, under the “well defined cultural principles” of the Company.

8. I do not see, neither Panasonic, nor Blackstone, where they are now, being capable of evolving Leica to the success the brand deserves.

I’d focus on:

0. Immediately fix CCD problem for all, regain trust! The current solution is only a patch.

1. The classic Brand and a New Generation Brand under Leica

2. Sell the essence and the Fun using a Leica camera, build like no other camera manufacturer can build T

3. Run limited editions, but keep them limited and related to a “Driving” Identifier.

3. b. Whoever likes to have his own a la carte limited edition run for his company, produce them at margin for them, let them make their promotion for these.

4. Renew technology frequently, while keeping “essential” and “fun” principle at highest priority the new generation product (T).

4.b. Allow for big updates.

5. Produce real Leica Glass for all camera systems (m43, X, FE, T, …)

6. Promote the hell on Leica Glass. The Leica Character of BW Glass and of Color Glass.

7. Keep prices honest

8. Do not resell/-label other Camera/Glass – everybody can do.

9. Make Video a key T FUN feature, excellent Video capabilities, compact, complete, characterful

10. Sell in Leica-Stores, only.

11. Shut down Leica Stores without Art-galleries and shop, creative public room like photographers cafe and workshop room, Tech-support, Interim-Replacement, Print, Global Service; i.e. my camera breaks in London, I leave it there for Leica repair, get a pool-cam, fly home, return the pool-cam in Munich and receive my repaired Camera in my Munich Leica-Shop.

12. Create a Leica Owners Group, a real official Leica Owners Group, not Grandpa’s high-nose I’ve been Leitzman 60yrs already, dusty crap philosophy heritage keepers. It’s about fun not historic dust.

13. Run Events, remote free little and big competitions at all levels, beginners, artists, …, locally and online. Every leica shop must run Leica specific Leica Owners events and activities, every month. Little but FUN, local FUN, people connecting people.

14. Engage with the local young artists

15. Engage by flexing the shop atmosphere, it’s so snobby today, you wouldn’t like to walk in without your business suit.

16. Engage not only with Maserati … Owners.

Stop the Yuppy/Hipster orientation, that market will vanish, if not yet started, soon. Catch the honest wealthy-enough hobbyist/fan who could own one Leice, not two, three, twenty.

Bom dia,


log (list of gifts) 2014


bom dia,

best in 2014


here’s a subjective list for the interested…

have fun to vary the above with your experiences.

bom dia,


upgrade syndrome


for a while i’m bugged thinking about upgrades of my tools, gadgets, systems, or consolidating them to a few or even one device, liking some of the new toys presented, that again would push me too much into multi-spending big amounts of cash into toys I don’t need.

I bet many have similar circles of thoughts, when other more important tasks are sorted. Yeah it’s a luxury to have these stupid problems, you’re right.

On the other side everybody keeps asking me what I’d suggest to do…

People have different priorities: “all apple”, “cheap”, “battery life”, “hate apple”, “fitnut”, “watch this”, “watch that”…

The trends I am seeing are clear:

a) the PC industry is trying to get back into the game, after loosing so much into tablets.

b) Hardware Brands who want to keep their margin, they all have gone fashion and ask ridiculous up-charges for it.

c) A smartphone is a commodity for over a year now, no relevant innovation happens here. We see new UI and new colours. We know by now how good a tiny camera can get and how good enough the average tiny camera is.

d) The eco-systems got commodity now, too – free storage space, AV-streaming, wireless pay, free cloud-office-apps and voice-angels talking to you available everywhere.

e) While Microsoft will continue trying to keep up with Android and iOS, they focus on the low and mid mobile market, clearly. Blackberry is done, still, no comeback planned, trying to find a business-niche.

f) Tablets are kind of dead, they just don’t get enough usage beyond consumption of media. productivity apps on the high-end iOS devices and the new high-speed hardware show that more could be done with those, but that’s limited on purpose. User-experience is the argument, panic, that light Macs would dry out quickly is the fear. The technology is here.

g) The industry now declares the Smartwatch to be the new digital swiss-knife, no, not your Smartphone, that takes now the middle-ground between phone and tablet for real everywhere – phablet, killing all tablet need for once, while creating a new hip market to sell stuff into you.

h) Smartwatch the new holy market. I can see you working-out, sweating all over your brand new digital rosegold device, that needs to communicate to your Smartphone to get a real cloud-communication going – live – and provide you – live again – all necessary statistics. Yes, it might be sort of the future, but it’s ridiculous, too. Constant Arm-twists, constant lugging of a phablet and a heavy watch, digital devices with people sweat and grease all over, more than any time before? I’d rather use a fitness tracker on purpose and switch to a beautiful watch (yes, even smartwatch if you like) after the workout.

i) On the PC/Desktop front, Microsoft and Adobe are taking the lead with professional Cloud offers for some time now, but slowly getting more aggressive about it. Adobe with its mobile apps, Microsoft with its Cloud storage and open platform and mobile app offers. Windows 10 goes back to the classic UI roots with a modernized OS (internal). Yosemite, I can’t tell, don’t have a Mac.

Ergo sum:

What I like, the desktop is predictable, the smartphone too, the tablet as well. The industry tries to obfuscate and blind you heavily with the new Smartwatches and the fashion approach, but, it’s all done, we’re in IT commodity phase right now, and Apple-pay will facilitate digital wireless payment commodity for all others at the same time.

Now to You:

You have the total choice, it is all a matter of taste, performance, style requirements you have for your desktop (Win/Mac/Chrome), mobile (iOS/Android/Windows) and optional inbetween consumption device (Android/Kindle/iOS/Windows). On the watch side, I’d rather stick to the classic approach for another 2 years, fitbits and jewelry separated. Oh, one more thing, don’t get caught into the “more apps here than there” discussion, religious crap. All systems have all kinds of apps that work well – and you really don’t need an app for everything.


I have an old iPhone 4 that’s getting slow with the newer complex and larger apps and it won’t receive any OS update anymore. I have an iPad 3 64GB LTE, that I’ll give away to my nice, clean, like new, I’m sure it’ll give her a good use out of it. My Desktop is a still very well performant i5 machine. My preferred Smartwatch is a NOMOS, it’s too smart to bother you with any more information than the most relevant: “NOMOS Glashütte”, Time, Date. And I kindly feed her every morning with some exercise, winding her up.

Related to the phone, I’m undecided yet, I don’t like Android, but I don’t like to invest my cash into a non flag-ship Windows phone either, the new iPhones don’t really attract me and I bet next year they won’t be much different. As expensive as they are, it’s a tough bite.

I’ll try to reset/-org the iPhone 4, giving it more space, it may speed it up again. We’ll see. Until wireless digital payment hits the ground in every shop, it’ll take a while. I might wait till then and invest into travel instead, meeting unknown people.

Bom dia,