Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/26

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Shooting vs capturing images
From: "Mike Quinn" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 22:13:53 -0700

Phlogiston! Of course! I'd wondered where it had all gone.
Is that why old leicas are better? The phlogiston builds up inside and then
illuminates the subject with even higher resolution when it's finally
I suppose, if you want exposure consistency, you might have to trip the
shutter at each speed a few times to get rid of the excess buid-up...

All is becoming clear. I guess the choke control on the front of the barrel
controls how much phlogiston gets back in...

 Thanks very much. This is surely the best and most interesting group on the


But is the supply really permanent?...
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>> My old M3's don't have that "shooting" feature you all talk about. There's
>> a silver button to push on top, but it just opens a little door thingy behind
>> the lens. Nothing comes out. It just sucks in light. Is this normal?
>> Please advise.

>> Mike Quinn

Gary Todoroff wrote:

> The Leica factory has always equipped M bodies with a permanent supply of
> phlogiston that must *shoot* out the camera in order to reflect back into
> it.  Ever notice how fast you can shoot with a Leica? That's why the factory
> also equips the metal lens shades with vents. It's for cooling.
> Gary Todoroff