Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] kids? leica? a stern reprimand from the PLUG
From: Jim Hedger <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:42:48 -0600

on 1/17/01 8:46 AM, Kyle Cassidy at wrote:

> heny answered his own question when he posted:
>> I have been using my M6TTL for a couple of months now
>> and put it to the test this weekend with three
>> grandchildren, ages 10 months, 2 years, and 6 years.
>> I just couldn't focus fast enough and missed so many
>> great shots.  Went to the zoo and shot more outside
>> stuff with greatly varying light which added time to
>> setup the f stop.  I was really frusrated and yearned
>> for my old Canon EOS3 with zooom lens and auto
>> everything.
> <lecture>
> [with a stern face, the plug waggles a finger]
> get your eos3 out of the closet and put your dang zoom lens on it and
> press the button. we're not going to criticize you (though i'm sure half a
> dozen people will post things like "you need to practice focusing more,
> have a friend throw a lens chart into the air and practice photographing
> it. then, under a loupe, examine your results.")
> because you want to fiddle with a neat old camera is not a good enough
> excuse to miss images that you want to capture. unlike skiing,
> photography is about the RESULT not the JOURNEY. when you're standing at
> the Met in front of your pulitzer prize winning photograph, people may ask
> you what kind of camera you used but when you're standing in the MotoPhoto
> looking at 36 out of focus photos of bobby's birthday nobody's going to
> give a ding what kind of camera you used. get the picture, then worry
> about your camera. if your leica aint getting the shot DON'T USE IT.
> remember the old addage: "never try and teach a pig to sing. it wastes
> time and annoys the pig."
> </lecture>
> kc
I second that!