Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/25

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Subject: Re: Leica/Nikon/Canon
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 18:52:35 -0500

My only direct experience with photojournalists was hanging with a stringer
for UPI during the '70s. We were both Nikonophiles then, but we used Fs and
F2s, before all the Star Wars laser lightshow wild stuff came out. I got the
"phojournalist use this..." line from a Camera mag. It means I am probably
reading the wrong one!
I enjoy the Leica 'war stories' as it were, and hope that you guys contiue
to set us straight
In that vein, did anyone catch the A&E program' "The Girl in the Picture"
about photojournalists in Viet Nam?
- -----Original Message-----
From: David Morton <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Date: Tuesday, 25 November, 1997 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: Leica/Nikon/Canon

>Dan Post wrote:
>> Kodak has a digital camera based on the Nikon N90s body; the N90s
>> apparently a favourite with journalists, and this made it familiar
>> those
>> mose likely to buy.
>Er...excuse me? I don't know about other areas, but in the UK the
>F90 & F90x (which are the equivalent models) have a *DREADFUL*
>reputation among journos. It may be smaller & lighter than the F4,
>but this is negated by the fact that you have to carry an extra body
>for when it breaks down.
>> Fujix also has a camera built along the same lines.
>> Both
>> are really nice, mega-pixel cameras,
>The AP NC2000e is OK, not as good as the DCS3. The Nikon/Fujix E2n
>would be hard to call nice under any circumstances.
>Sure this stuff is expensive, but you can build an Excel model which
>calculates the real return on this investment. In a press context the
>value of an image is often a steep function of the speed of delivery,
>and that's what gives these things (and the laptop & GSM phone to go
>with 'em) their payback potential. Constructing a similar business
>case for Leica glass vs Nikon glass is - IMNVHO -
>virtually impossible.