Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Was intermediate shutter speeds-Now, Older cameras are better
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 20:35:54 -0500

At 05:38 PM 7/17/98 -0600, you wrote:
>The ability to set stepless shutter speeds on the F2 is another case where
>the older more straightforward cameras are more capable than the newer

Actually, many modern cameras are easier to use, and more precise. For
instance, an F5 can do 1/3 steps and they are predictable and reliable.
More reliable I'll bet than a manual shutter. Anything less that 1/3 stop
is hardly going to make much of a difference. Especially with neg. film. So
it really doesn't serve much purpose. I wish Leica R cameras did 1/3 stop
instead of 1/2, but I'll live with that. The 1/2 stop difference can make a
noticeable difference in sharpness in those "hail Mary" ranges. And yet it
saves one from getting underexposure if we had to go with a fill stop
difference or nothing.
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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