Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/20

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Subject: Re: shutter speeds
From: ted grant <>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 10:31:13 -0400

Paul wrote:

<<<Because no flash goes off, there is no focus light and no focus and 
winder buzz, maybe once again people will not realize that they are being
photographed with a Leica.>>>>>

Hi Paul,

As it was with Eisensteadt, is true today. 

It is still the near silent M camera that allows you to shoot and people
have no idea you are taking pictures. As the general public have become so
accustomed to seeing flash, particularly indoors.

Last week when I was working on my veterinary assignment the Quebec farmers
never had any idea I was shooting while engaged with the vet about their

One asked me when was I going to take my pictures and that I could go
anywhere I wanted in the barn.  I told him (translated by the vet) that I
was all done. The vet then explained in French, that I was using, " a high
sensitive film like the police" and didn't need flash.

The farmer wasn't to sure about the "police" part. :)

But the M camera has been the joy of my working life, allowing me to shoot
without people having any idea pictures were being taken. As the Prime
Minister's personal photographer to the operating rooms of hospitals, it
silently did it's job. It gave me moments of time that I never would have
with flash or noisy SLR's.

I guess we'll see you in a couple of days in Kennebunkport. Irene and I
leave to-day and get into Portland to-night at midnight, then drive down
the coast tomorrow morning.

I hear the foliage is looking great and hopefully we'll have great weather.
But then would you believe the weatherman?

see ya,