Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] audio gear , leica gear
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 17:54:33 -0500

At 02:23 PM 7/24/98 +0200, you wrote:

>violin player will stay average with a Stradivarius, but he will know
>(and we will know) it is not the intrument's fault. He will also know he
>is holding the best tool in the world and that might bring consolation
>for not being the best musician...

Being a former violinist myself, and having played a few wonderful
instruments over $100,000 in value with $40,000 bows, (my teacher's
instruments) I think this is quite apt. With a very fine violin, you can
bear down on them, and they take the pressure with class. They produce
gorgeous music without complaint. The same doesn't happen with the lesser
violins, like mine. You bear down real hard on them, and they start
squawking, and the sound is totally destroyed.

With Leicas, they come into their own in really bad situations. I've taken
pictures in really flat, dark situations that I can't imagine a good
picture coming out of them. Yet they produce wonderful pictures with tonal
modulation and shadow detail I couldn't believe I was going to get. Sure I
can push them too far, but they take the abuse a lot better than average
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Nix illegitimi carborundum ( Don't let the bastards grind you down)