Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/27

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Got my Winder R8!!!!
From: John McLeod <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 22:09:41 +0000

Eric -

As you know, the primary reason why I opted for the F5 over the R8 was the
feel of the R8 body in my hands.  I'm not sure exactly why I wasn't sold on
the ergonomics of the R8 -- something to do with the front-to-back width,
the position of the shutter button, and film advance lever.  In what ways
does the winder change the feel or grip of the camera in your hands?  Other
than not having to advance film manually, do you find that you hold the
camera a little differently with the winder on?  I would appreciate
responses from others who have the winder also.  Thanks.

If the winder makes that much difference, I can always trade my F5 to Ted
for his R8's.  Let's see Ted, at 8 frames per second vs. 2, that'll be four
of your R8's for this here F5 (driven only on weekends by my grandmother). 
More bad LUG humor.  Sorry.

John McLeod

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From: Eric Welch <> 
Subject: [Leica] Got my Winder R8!!!!
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 21:15:42 -0600 

Well, I got my Leica R8 winder today. Boy is this one smooth unit. Almost
silent when any noise is in the room, and very small. Film rewind is slow,
but it leaves the leader out. Cool!

The only problem so far is pulling out the advance knob has become a
reflex. And the motor doesn't work when the advance knob is out. Gotta
retrain. As for ergonomics, it really does meld into the body and actually
makes the camera feel better. Heavier for sure. But it's not bad at all. I
love it. 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

I used to have a handle on life, then it broke