Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] "State of the Art"
From: Ben <>
Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 18:14:17 +0000

>The comparatively limited feature set
>built into Leica's cameras generally force the photographer to think and
>exercise more control over the process than with other maker's products.
>The result often is an incentivized abrogation of control -- the
>computer happily decides for you, so you let it and hence, to some
>degree, the computer becomes the decision-maker/photographer.

It seems to me any photographer who lets the camera decide things when
it shouldn't must be very weak minded indeed.

In any case, the R8 has most of the wonder goodies. It has matrix
metering - just not a very good one, it has TTL flash - just not a very
clever one.

And for all those all-manual, the-photographer-can-do-it-perfect
fanatics - how can you be pleased when you can't set aperture and
shutter in 1/3 increments with a 6 stop scale in the viewfinder like the
"overly featured" opposition?

Why not just admit you use Leica despite the features rather than
because of them? If not I hope you shoot with an R6.2.