Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Got my Winder R8!!!!
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 08:18:49 -0600

At 10:09 PM 3/27/98 +0000, you wrote:

>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.

The main thing is the camera is a bit taller, and gives your fingers (well,
mine at least) a better grip. I sure wish they had the strap on the left to
wrap around the hand like the Motor/Winder R on earlier cameras. It's much
more secure. But the fact that nothing really changes except the weight and
height of the camera is nice.

It's a heck of a lot smaller than the F5 with the winder attached, so the
R8 now seems quite compact to me. In some ways smaller than the older R4-7
cameras. At least less bulky. But if you don't like the shape of the R8, I
don't think this will help. But I find the F5 just way too big when you're
shooting with a small lens. The R8 is not a good choice for me. But I sure
miss my M6 for carrying a camera when I'm not working. 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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