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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] "State of the Art"
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 22:56:55 +0200

IMHO the Leica M6 is the state of the art as rangefinder cameras go. If you
get everything right it gives enormous satisfaction - and incredibly high
quality images. 

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> From: Jim Brick <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] "State of the Art"
> Date: 08. toukokuuta 1998 17:15
> John, you nailed it! The autoeverything, regardless of what it is
> car...) takes the operator out of the equation, and in our case, the
> photographer is simply a button pusher. Photography is in the
> not the camera. If the camera does the thinking for you, you are no
> a photographer. Some of the gizmos can be great for fast moving events. A
> good photographer can indeed use these auto-gizmos, in these situations,
> produce real meaningful photographs. But in most other situations, the
> creative photographer part of the equation is lost. This is one of the
> reasons that I believe, the Leica camera, is indeed a state of the art
> photographic apparatus. Good lenses and good mechanics... other than R8
> winders :)
> Jim
> At 09:19 PM 5/7/98 +0000, John McLeod wrote:
> >
> >Sorry about the long diatribe here, but just because "most people" think
> >auto-everything defines State of the Art in photography, doesn't make it
> > Leicas are so different from Canons and Nikons that it is difficult to
> >compare them.  They aren't trying to be the same thing.  Another good
> >example of this problem is the whole M6 vs. Contax G2 debate.  Heck, the
> >does almost everything.  Does it define the State of the Art in 35mm
> >rangefinder camera design?
> >
> >John McLeod
> >