Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/03/18

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To: Eric Welch <>
Subject: Re: Update on M4-P Shutter problem
From: Tom Hodge <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 07:13:37 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 17 Mar 1996, Eric Welch wrote:

> Jack Hamilton wrote:
> > 
> > How can you forget to focus...???

I agree with Eric - for a change - the first courtship with a Leica 
rangefinder - after a zillion years with the old split image SLR was a 
real painful one!  I had more trash than good stuff until I practiced, 
practiced, practiced!!!  Camera stores and everyone else in the real 
world tell you to start reeling film thru a new camera like crazy----of 
course they do!!!!  Just simple dry shooting for a couple of days to get 
the unique feel of a Leica and mentally falling in love with it was my 

Actually, the first time I took it into fairly dim lighting - scenes 
virtually impossible to focus and shoot with a manual-focus SLR---I WAS 
in love!!  The Leica viewfinder was as bright as the beach!  The dual 
image snapped into view like a flash, I focused instinctively....and 
I've never looked back.  I find focusing in bright light much more 
difficult; the dim stuff is a snap with a Leica.  So, yes, it's not 
impossible to "forget" to focus the first few experiences with a 
Leica rangefinder.  Maybe it's the "old dog, new tricks" thing!

> With an M6, if you are like me, you have to shoot fast to capture the 
> moment quite often, and it's easy to concentrate so much on the 
> composition that after years of SLR work, it's easy to foget it's not in 
> focus until the images merge. It doesn't happen that often, but still, I 
> have to tell myself to focus. I'm sure that will go away. 
> Like I've been told by many long-time M users, it takes at least a year 
> of using an M camera to really get to know it.
> -- 
> Eric Welch
> Grants Pass, OR

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