Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Critical test reports by CDI
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 17:18:56 -0700

Gee, I don't know, Eric. I have no problems with the Leica meter--you just
have to use it to take advantage of its qualities. It is not a spot meter.
I've never needed a faster flash sync. I don't mind turning the speed
setting to B, but I did have to run down some batteries prematurely before I
learned. I hate motors, expecially on a camera like the Leica. The whole
idea (for me) is to keep it simple, reliable, light, and nonimposing. The
"data" is on the camera, where it belongs. Keep it out of the view finder.
Not sure what you mean about the LED's, but mine are certainly not blinding
under any conditions. Loading? Just get used to it and do it. If you are
accustomed to an M3 it seems quite modern and easy.
Just my set of preferences.
Happy shooting,
Joe Stephenson
- -----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, September 20, 1998 7:13 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Critical test reports by CDI

>First let me say that it is a pleasure to communicate with a person who can
>use the word "Luddite" correctly and without blushing.
>But I'm no Luddite. The "low-tech" facets of the M6 are the things I hate.
>1. Crappy sort-of-a-spot meter.
>2. Slow sync
>3. No off switch (that is easy and quick to turn back on)
>4. Manual advance with no reasonable motor option
>5. No data in the viewfinder.
>6. blindingly bright LEDs from the 70s in the viewfinder
>7. The weirdest loading of any camera I've ever owned
>Give me just about any other body on which I can mount my M lenses and I'd
>buy one tomorrow. I can't be the only one.
>At 07:51 PM 9/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>True. And that is too bad. But I suspect we'd still have justification for
>>owning Leica. Because they're probably G2ifiy their rangefinders, and us
>>Luddites would jump at the chance of owning old tech. Though I bet the M6
>>would have a faster flash sync.
>>Eric Welch
>>St. Joseph, MO
>>Perspective is in the eye of the beholder.
>Thomas Kachadurian