Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/09/30

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Subject: Re: Leica CL Addendum
From: (Greg Mironchuk)
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 15:27:10 -0400

At 10:07 AM 9/30/96, wrote:

>Yes, it is a poll to find out how many on the group regularly use these
>cameras. I am not attempting to determine which would be better for me to
>acquire, since I am a regular CL user.
>Brian Levy, J.D.
>Toronto, Ont.

I use a CL regularly... I'm a newspaper/magazine photojournalist. I use it
with a 50mm f/2 Summicron, a 28mm f/2.8 Minolta (and finder), and a 90mm
f/2.8 Summiwhateveritis. It works just fine. Not the greatest
range/viewfinder, but it'll do. I never use the meter. Don't even know if
it works.

This is my second CL, BTW... I sold my first one, 13 years ago, after the
second shutter curtain that I needed to replace for a "sunburn"... I just
didn't want to spend more $$$ on it at the time.

It's also my favorite "weird lens" camera... via various adaptors, I
regularly use/have used a 17mm Pentax full-frame fisheye, the old-old
Minolta 21mm f/4 non-reflex lens, and a 17mm Tokina... mounted in Minolta.
When I had a visoflex, it was my favorite camera to use with it (close-up,
only... viso is TOO WEIRD for long lenses).

I *had* a two-lug M5... and traded it for a couple of M3 SS's. I didn't
care for the vertical hang (which doesn't seem to be a problem with the
CL... it's much smaller), and it "felt big". If I had had a three-lug, I
might have felt differently about it. The meter was passable, but not
really great.

Is the CL a "pro" camera??? As far as I'm concerned, a "pro" is a person
who generates an income from whatever it is he/she does. The CL has been a
net income producer for me, for a long time... and it seems to me that that
"working" photographers don't really care as much about "pro cameras" as
advertising copy writers seem to.

                                                Greg M.

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