Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/04/16

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Subject: Re: Phillistines who own Leicas
From: Tom Hodge <>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 22:57:14 -0400 (EDT)


Your note reads as if you are a little intimidated by the "antiques" 
before you.  I will gladly take them off your hands!

What you have are 2 incredible cameras and some nice optics - cameras of 
legendary proportions.  Technology?  Zip.  Quality?  Probably immense.  
It's photography the way it's supposed to be or at least was years ago.

I sit here and compose this note bleeding green liuqid with envy.........

Regards - and congratulations!

Tom Hodge

On Tue, 16 Apr 1996 wrote:

> Here's the facts:(a) I have little photographic experience - a Bolsey "B", a
> few cheap point n' shoots, and a Canon AE-1.(b) I recently inherited a pair
> of Leica M2 bodies and 35/2.8, 50/2 and 90/4 lenses, circa 1958. All are in
> great shape, recently serviced by Leica.  (c) I thought I'd "learn" to use
> and appreciate these cameras by shooting B/W film. (d) My pictures look pale
> - no contrast, no sharp definition. (e) I realize it's NOT the cameras. HELP
> ! I'd appreciate your suggestions - suggested reading material ? shoot color
> film ? Or should I just hang it up and give the M2's to Goodwill ? I'm really
> looking for constructive input - I'd swap advice on home automation, kite
> flying, commercial audio design or care and feeding of Checker Marathons, but
> photography isn't my strong suit. Thanks.  

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