Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] What the "other guys" are saying about Leicas
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 12:47:41 -0500

I recall reading how Margaret Bourke-White started with an old second hand
camera, with a noticable bubble in the lens, and with a rudimentary
understanding of the technical end of photography. I admired the photographs
because of the quality of her 'eye'; I use a Leica, but unfortunately, most
of my photos are rather mundane. I would use an oatmeal box, and pinhole
lenses, if I could 'see' to take photos with the impact of Haas, Steiglitz,
Eisenstadt, et al.
Having good equipment is nice, but it is not the end-all, be-all. Many of
the photos that the LUGgers put on the net are stunning images, even at the
web limited resolution; in truth, they would probably be as stunning on the
net if they had been taken with an old Argus C3. You would have to break out
the ol' Peak loupe to really appreciate the majority of the Leica
My 2 cents worth! I am just happy that we have so many talented people
willing to share their 'visions' and knowledge! Thanks, guys
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From: thibault collin <>
To: <>
Date: Monday, January 26, 1998 5:27 AM
Subject: [Leica] What the "other guys" are saying about Leicas

>You're right Hans,
>and this debate about brands is not totally off topic.
>For instence, I just bought from leica a beautifull binocular (around 8000
>bucks; in other days, they were build by Wild...). To make photographs with
>it, the leica company "gave" me a...Pentax K1000 body. They're telling that
>leica bodies are too expensives and not worth for that kind of
>photos...Moreover, I've used many cameras (Nikons, Canons the F1s) on leitz
>microscopes or leica bodies on any microscopes (Zeiss, Olympus...) and
>was no trouble. I've also seen that people were using the visoflex lenses
>T90 bodies which is a good idea to give a new life to these lenses. I've
>also used the "reprovit" lenses with any kind of bellows and bodies with
>great results. What is important is the photographs you get! And of course,
>leica lenses can help!
>>Sorry, but I get so tired about this sort of debate. Let the other guys do
>>their thing, and we do ours. I feel sorry for the poor guy who defends his
>>choice of Leica because it is like a HD motorcycle.
>>But I know what it feels like standing beside an EOS guy with a 135
>>He must think I am using grandpa's camera... Well, I really don't care.
>>Some postings to the newsgroup that may be of
>>interest to the list: