Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Request for Advice
From: "Kotsinadelis, Peter (Peter)" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 08:18:41 -0800


Try looking around for an old Konica Auto S2.  For about $60 you geta superb
lens (basically a very well done copy of the Zeiss (45mm) Planar...and
surprisingly identical in every aspect to the Contax G 45mm Planar design)
and automatic or manual exposure.  

Peter K

- -----Original Message-----
From: William H. Cassing []
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 1998 10:13 PM
Subject: [Leica] Request for Advice

I would appreciate some advice regarding a gift for an eight year old

He has demonstrated an unusual (for his age) interest in photography.  In
particular, he has expressed interest in some of the technical details of
photography and has shown an affinity for composition.

I would like to get him a camera for Christmas, but am not sure just what to
get.  I want to get him one that will allow him to take good pictures and
will provide alternatives to the "too-far-away, smile, Mommy" pictures.  I
want him to have a 35mm, not APS.  I think he should be able to, at least,
control the use of flash and, if possible, have some control over depth of
field.  But, he is still only eight.  I don't know if this is a passing
phase or the start of a passion that will eventually keep his as broke as I
am.  Therefore, his first camera should be inexpensive enough that he (and
I) will not mourn its loss or damage.  I should add that, although I will
try to spend as much time as possible with him and his camera, I live almost
300 miles away and do not see him nearly as often as I'd like to.

Any advice or experiences you can share will be greatly appreciated.


Bill Cassing