Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M6 or R6.2?
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 07:23:30 -0500

At 03:43 PM 9/17/98 +0800, you wrote: <br>
<blockquote type=cite cite>To Mr. Eric Welch, <br>
Do you think the photographic fans would prefer a Leica M, just like the
real computer fans prefer a Mac but not Windows? <br>
I am a novice to photography, in several weeks I have to decide what I
should buy, an M6 or a R6.2. Now I have a Nikon 90x, so I don't think I
need another auto R8. I'd like to forcus more on landscape photos. Could
you or any other persons could give me some suggestions?
That's something you have to answer for yourself. But if you don't need
to sell your Nikon (not terribly reliable camera at that) then a Leica M6
would be a much more complementary camera to the Nikon system. But
optical quality should have no place at all in your decision.
Functionality should. Leica R lenses are every bit as good as M lenses.
They just seem to be out of sequence for updating. Right now the M system
is getting the great ASPH lenses, while the R system is getting great
zooms. That will change in the future, no doubt.<br>
The M system will suit you if you want a quiet camera, that's less
noticeable in most situations, and if you like to shoot available light
with fast, wide lenses. If you like ultra-wides, and long lenses, or
macro, the R system should be your choice. Though ultra-wide not because
there aren't ultra-wide M lenses, but because they're easier to control,
and more precise in composition. And if you don't mind not seeing precise
compositions in terms of near/far relationships, then the M system is
great. But if you are very careful of your compositions, then you
probably want to stick with SLRs. It's up to you to figure this one out.
All we can do is give you our perspective.<br>
The M6 takes a while to get used to. Most people need to give it at least
a year. But since you're new to photography, it might not take as long as
us long-time SLR users when we bought an M camera for the first
Whichever way you go, you can't lose. Either system is superb and cuts
the finest image on film that there is. (Disclaimer for nit-pickers: In
<div>-- </div>
<div>Eric Welch</div>
<div>St. Joseph, MO</div>
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If there's one thing I can't stand, it's intolerance.