Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/23

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Subject: Re: Tom A. / M2/M3/M4 conversion
From: hmcclary <>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 97 23:25:42 -0000

>I sometimes feel that i
>am getting lazy from having all the wides and long lenses available. It is
>too easy to pop on another lens and stay in place. With the limited range you
>are forced to move around and often you find viewpoints that you would not
>discovered otherwise. 
> The concept of zooms always intriqued me, I have tried several but I find it
>too confusing, I prefer the prime lenses.

Tom you have expressed far better than I am capable of doing how I feel 
about the use of zooms.  I know when I had only zooms on my canon system 
instead of looking for shots knowing how a certain lens would frame a 
shot I would stick the either 20-35 or 80-200 on the camera and say "I'll 
be able to get it with this lens".  I think that thinking like this, for 
me at least, kills some of the creativity of photography. The zooms are 
great if working news, but for me at least I like having to make a fixed 
lens work.  It forces you to actually look at what you are shooting, 
concentrate on light, composition, and angle.

Harrison McClary