Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] speed of leica lenses & shutter speed
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 16:48:17 -0800

I find an R8 with an 80/1.4 attached to be a difficult load to keep steady.
Nothing longer than 1/8 or 1/15 ever comes out as sharp as a tripod-mounted
camera.  Sometimes I get lucky with 1/30 or 1/45, but I have found that 
tripod mounting (if you have the time) pays off BIG time.
The R8 does have that nice mirror lock-up feature though, but I have never
it handheld yet......does anyone use it that way?


At 05:03 PM 1/22/98 -0600, you wrote:
>I've handheld both my SL and SL-2 at 1 second (with some reliance on
>steadying walls, chair backs, etc.).  These cameras have much less vibration
>than any of the Nikon F's that I've owned.  I don't know about the later
>versions of the R bodies but the old ones worked pretty well at slow shutter
>speeds and much better than Nikons.
>Bud Cook
>-----Original Message-----
>From: D Khong <>
>To: <>
>Date: Thursday, January 22, 1998 4:56 PM
>Subject: Re: [Leica] speed of leica lenses & shutter speed
>>>Important is, that Leica allows you to use longer hand-held exposure
>>>times, up to 1/8 sec.
>>>I like to hear your comments
>>>Geert Vinke
>>>The Netherlands
>>I have handheld shots with my M6 and 50 Summitar at f2 up to ONE second
>>exposure and people who see the pic are guessing that it was taken at 1/8
>>sec. shutter speed.
>>The M camera is virtually vibration free and the weight and design also
>>makes it steady as a rock.  Shakes usually come from the user.  An SLR is
>>no match in this respect.
>>Dan K.

Francesco Sanfilippo,
Five Senses Productions