Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Is the Leica an endangered species?
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:01:22 -0500

At 01:18 AM 6/22/98 +0200, you wrote:

>The odd Leica user that tries hard with technical expertise to produce
>a good home made print must also realise that his hard work and
>expensive equipment will be totally outclassed by a photographer in
>medium format, for half the effort with a cheap used Rollieflex.  

It's not true. We can shoot the heck around Rollieflex cameras in low
light. With extreme telephotos and wide angles, we have MF beat all to heck
for many functions you just can't do with those bigger cameras. It's not an
either/or situation after all. You can own both, and use each for its

Just try to capture the feel of the 15mm lens, or the 400 2.8 with a
Rollei. If you could actually mount a lens on the Rollei to do that, you'd
have to be as rich as Bill Gates to own the stuff, which doesn't exist.

Like Leica R and M, or Apples and Oranges, or George and Gracie, they don't
make the other of no worth, they just are different.
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

He, who will not reason, is a bigot;     
he, who cannot, is a fool;                
and he, who dares not, is a slave.         

William Drumond, Scottish writer  (1585-1649)