Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/01/04

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Subject: [Leica] Leica Century
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sun Jan 4 12:12:45 2009
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On Jan 4, 2009, at 12:46 PM, Craig Semetko wrote:

> Wow is right! Well done, Alastair, on putting your thoughts down and  
> thinking things through.
> Count me in for the project.

I feel the thrill being generated here by this prospective Leica  
project, love to be a part, but I have certain reservations that  bug  
the hell out of me...

Are we are loosing our marbles trying so hard to honor the source of  
my beautiful M3's and Summicron DR in the 50's,  my M8 in 2006, and  
everything between?

Is this the same company that maybe has lost its way,  is 10-20 years  
behind, has shown no interest or support for the huge FOM2 project,  
our previous world wide five year attempt to honor it and celebrate it?

Should we repackage FOM2 and offer it again to Leica, for its  

If we want to love Leica with a beautiful photographic homage to its  
products, then why does it feel like masturbation?


> While I totally understand your concerns over getting enough  
> pictures, IMHO, I would think we should use all Leica equipment for  
> a project called Leica Century. Ironically, we had that requirement,  
> I think, for FOM2, which didn't bear the Leica name in the title, so  
> I think if we're now commemorating 100 years of Leica we ought to  
> use Leica.
> And to me, the camera, or "box" DOES matter. I understand the  
> concept that a good photographer can take a good picture with any  
> camera, but virtually ALL of my best photographs have been taken  
> with a Leica M. It simply feels right. I have tried to use SLR's and  
> they are great tools for certain jobs but they don't feel right to  
> me. I prefer street photography and I have not been able to  
> accomplish what I want in that arena with any other camera than a  
> Leica M.
> So while I understand when people say the camera doesn't matter I  
> strongly but respectfully disagree. That may be perfectly true for  
> them, but for me, the red dot means much more than a status symbol.
> Cheers,
> Craig
> On Jan 4, 2009, at 8:48 AM, wrote:
>> Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 08:46:50 -0600
>> From: "Fred Holzapfel" <>
>> Subject: [Leica] Leica Century: initial proposal from Alastair:  
>> LONG!!
>> To: <>
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>> Wow, Alastair, count me in.  After reading your LONG post twice I  
>> find this
>> an inspiring and exciting challenge to us all to improve our day to  
>> day
>> photography.  I look forward to submitting to this effort.  Well  
>> written.
>> Thank you for heading up this effort.  It's almost like getting a  
>> late
>> Christmas present.   What a good way to make it a "Happy New Year".
>> Fred Holzapfel
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thanks,  Steve

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