Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/13

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Subject: RE: Photographing the Comet
From: "Jay C. Paxton" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 97 19:24:47 UT


Boy, you have that right!  I have still never read all the manual of my N90s, 
and it is one of the easier ones to fathom.  One positive thing a reviewer did 
say in (I think it was) Peterson's Photographic (please don't excommunicate me 
from the LUG for reading THAT.....we sill do believe in freedom of speech 
here!) is that you could pick up the R8 and operate it with little reading of 
the instruction manual.

BTW, I was in your beautiful part of the world summer before last....and I 
can't wait until I can get back to Victoria.

Jay P.

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From: on behalf of Ted Grant
Sent: 	Sunday, April 13, 1997 9:34 AM
Subject: 	Re: Photographing the Comet

JayPax wrote:

<<<The reviewer was generally positive, saying that the R8, was solidly built,
etc., but whined that Leica was just now incorporating features into the R8 
the Japanese incorporated into their top SLRs 20 years ago.  Bells and 
don't make great photographs. They still just don't get it in my 

Hi Jay,

In a few other reviews I've read, the writer goes through the same whine and I
can't for the life of me understand what this does for the article.

It's all yesterday news and who cares what other manufacturers did 20 years 
and you are right, the reviewers still miss the most important factor, "the 
holding the camera" 

They forget that many photographers shot award winning images of comets and
sports long before there were any bells and whistles. And the new bits just 
it somewhat easier to shoot, (providing you have read the 200 page operating
manul) :) .

Victoria, Canada