Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/10/02

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Subject: M6 emotive quality
From: George Huczek <ghuczek@gdipa.Unibase.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 1996 20:14:05 -0600 (CST)

I had the opportunity to test an M6 recently. The pictures seemed
to display a certain emotive quality. I am wondering if this is
typical of what others experience with this camera.
   I was photographing my children at play. They are 6 and 7 years
   old. I have been photographing them from birth with 35mm SLRs.
The pictures appear as if the kids were almost unaware that they
were being photographed, even though most of the pictures were
taken at close proximity with a 35 mm f/1.4 lens.
   The Leica photos showed the kids displaying emotions of joy,
   anger, and frustration. They have a penetrating quality.
The reason why I found this peculiar is because whenever I photographed
them in the past with an SLR, they seemed to react differently.
Once they were old enough to know what a camera was and what it
did, they became all too aware of the camera's presence, and began
posing or making faces when the pictures were about to be taken.
   With the Leica, they seemed to go about their play, and the
   camera was able to capture some very powerful expressive qualities.
Is this a common part of the Leica owner's experience with an
M6? I have heard people describing similar phenomena when describing
the camera and the images it is capable of capturing. I would
appreciate some feedback on this matter, because I am considering
whether or not to purchase this camera.

Replies: Reply from Bert Keuken <> (Re: M6 emotive quality)
In reply to: Message from George Huczek <ghuczek@gdipa.Unibase.COM> (Re: M6 Meter)