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

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Subject: RE: [Leica] "State of the Art"
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 20:27:31 -0700

I have always had, and do have, winders basically permanently mounted to my
R cameras. Starting with two R3's in 1976, then R4sP's, R6's, and now two
R7's. I have never used the button on the winder to photograph a sequence.
About 99.9% of the time my R cameras are on a tripod. The winder allows me
to manipulate MLU, bracketing, etc. without having to also wind the film.
Sometimes my set-up is in a real awkward position and winding the film by
hand would indeed be difficult, even to the point of disrupting the set-up.
I think winders are mana from heaven. They enhance the creative part of
photography by taking over a mundane necessity that can disrupt the flow of
the process. This is but one of the reasons that I don't own an R8.


At 01:24 PM 5/8/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Auto winders do turn some photographers into button pushers, but I suspect
>that's what those photographers were prior to autowinders - or what we used
>to call motor drives. For other photographers they are both a convenience
>and a device that can enable the photographer to produce a sequence he or
>she could otherwise never produce.