Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/03[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I would like to thank the group for the very helpful infomation I've received from both my direct questions and by "lurking" a bit. I recently asked about a small camera bag recommendation and the answers I received influenced my purchasing a Billingham "Alice" bag. It is just about perfect for me. It holds my M6 and 3 lenses and film and gives me just enough room left over to have a bit of a "working area". I have read with interest the "Roll Call" posts. It is interesting to see what others find useful and important in making equiptment choices. For my part, I am 40, a physician, married (15 years) and have 2 children. (boys, ages 11 and 13). I have been very interested in photography since 1971. During the early 70's I took photographs for school newspapers and yearbooks. I also worked after school in a camera store. I bought my first Leica (a SS M3 with a 50mm 1.4 summilux with an eveready case) in 1973 (for $350 total). I bought a Leitz-Minolta CL with 40/2 and 90/4, all new, in late 1978. I still have this camera set, (I no longer have the M3/50mm...school costs, etc.). I recently added the M6 (chrome, like the old M3) and a 50/2 (both new-love the "rebates"). I just picked up very nice "previously purchased" models of the 35/2 and 90/2.8 TE. I also use a modest Nikon outfit (N90s, 6006, 24, 35, 50, 85, 70-210, SB26) and I have a small wood field 4x5 camera with 135mm and 210mm lenses. I have a black and white darkroom and use the Leica primarily for B&W. Most of my images that really please me were taken with a Leica RF. I have tried to understand why this camera works for me. I supect it is several things. The most important is probably the ability to see "outside" the picture area in the viewfinder. Other factors probably include the ergonomics of the camera, especially the viewfinder being way to the side of the body (instead of in the middle as in an SLR), and the quietness of the shutter release (lack of mirror/motor noise). I do enjoy hiking with the Nikon and use color slide film with it. In this case, the SLR helps with exact framing, ease of use with polarizers, graduated ND, exposure calculation, fill flash, bracketing, etc. I chose to do some work with the 4x5 (black and white) primarily to force myself to pay more attention to composition and to improve my processing and printing skills. I find there are times that all three setups provide outstanding image quality and times where everthing misses. I truly think however there is something a bit different to the best images taken with the Leica. I noticed it years ago. Perhaps there really is good "Bokeh" (sp?). If you would like to see a few of my pictures, feel free to visit: http://www.kumc.edu/instruction/medicine/pedcard/cardiology/ardinger/rarding e.html This is a small personal page associated with some of my teaching materials. The B&W pictures are from the Tetons and are made with the 4x5, the color photos are from Zion and made with the Nikon. My current photos made with the Leica are of my family and I am a bit reluctant to have these on the "Web". Thanks again for all your past help, Robert Ardinger, Jr. Robert H. Ardinger, Jr., M.D.