Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/03/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica's inability to do better
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 15:57:13 -0500

Dan - I'm not about to bite on the Nikon v Minolta metering. But as much as I love the M6, and as good as the metering is, I do think the metering system in the F5 is an entirely diferent kind of animal. Do I need it? No. Are there people and circumstances that do? Yes...Of course, as we all know, the most important element in the equation is the photographer, not the electronics or, for that matter, the lens resolution...

At 01:52 PM 3/30/98 -0500, you wrote:

>At 10:24 AM 30-03-98 -0500, you wrote:

>>Dan -


>>While I'm sold on the Leica Ms and believe that they're the best cameras

>>for me - if for no other reason than that my aging eye does much better

>>with a range finder than with a reflex - and that the lenses are

>>spectacular, I'd suggest that you put an F5 through its considerable paces

>>before you write off some of its amazing performance as advertising hype.


>>My son, who is finally graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine

>>Arts seems to have become a skateboarding photographer - don't say it - and

>>shoots with an F5, an F3, and multiple flashes. The metering, both flash

>>and available light, on the F5 truly has to be seen to be believed. [snip]


>I don't doubt that the autoexposure capabilities of the F5 are superior to

>the F3, I am comparing the F5 to the R8, or any other modern camera with

>matrix metering.  I am sure my Minolta 9xi will blow the F3 out of the

>water, if I had to rely on auto-exposure.  It is the RGB and shutter

>self-adjusting nonsence that I am aiming my arrows at.  


>When I first bought my 9xi, I loaded it up with slide film and went to the

>botanical gardens to see how far I could push the camera.  I set the camera

>to Programmed Automatic, and chose the weirdest lighting condistions I

>could find.  EVERY frame on the roll was properly exposed, without

>exception.  Backlit, high contrast, you name it.  So when I hear about some

>new quadzillion cell RGBXWZ matrix DDD metering system that has to be seen

>to believed, I ask, " how can it improve upon perfection?".  


>And I must add, the simple metering system of the M6 (or any modern TTL

>metering camera), if used with just a little thought, can easily equal the

>above super-duper metering systems.


>Dan C.


>Dan C.



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