This phrase whether Zeiss gives a "rip" or gives a "crap" immediately came to mind after reading some blog comments. The context was a drop in some Zeiss lens prices following new Sigma art lenses. Some commented it was Zeiss reacting in concern to Sigma's lenses. Others suggested it was Zeiss lowering cost for some models to pave way for the new Milvus. I haven't followed Zeiss owners very closely. But what do you think?
To clarify, I don't mean doesn't give a rip about customers. But doesn't give a rip about feeling threatened.
If Zeiss built a following of photographers over the years, who have enjoyed those manual focus lenses of solid build, do you think that auto-focus sharp lenses would make them leave Zeiss? Do you feel that the preponderance of Zeiss users are a much different group?
Do you think Zeiss has been lazy about ignoring auto-focus or IS in their lenses? Or do you feel they've carved a reasonable niche that can last decades into the future?