Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/22

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Subject: RE: [Leica] I Object
From: Jeffrey Hausner <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:57:44 -0500

Greetings, Dan!

	You are in a better position than I am to comment, of course.  I
must say, however, that I gave my nearly five-year-old boy a Leica AF-C1
and, by God, he's taken some astonishing pictures.  My boy's pictures have
even taught me a thing or two; about seeing with a child's eye, what is
interesting in a mind framed much differently than mine, and what the world
looks like from forty-five inches up.

	My objection was to the context in which "happy-snaps" is tossed
about.  It often seems to be used to disparage the photographer who records
her family or the events in his life.  My point is that these pictures are
often taken with the same care, concern, and equipment as PHOTOGRAPHS, and
they and the photographers shouldn't presumptively be treated with


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Dan Post []
> Sent:	Tuesday, December 22, 1998 10:39 AM
> To:
> Subject:	Re: [Leica] I Object
> Buzz-
> I couldn't agree with you more, but DOGGONE IT! Why won't people invest in
> at least a halfway decent camera, and the read the instructions!?
> I print thousands of Happy-Snaps, and unfortunately, some of the best come
> from children who get hold of the family camera!
> Under/overexposed, light struck film from opening the camera,out of focus
> (with autofocus cameras yet!) heads cut off, feet cut off, off center-
> name
> a fault and I see it everyweek... Maybe we should have a camera operators
> license program sort of like learning to drive a car! You are not allowed
> to
> pick up a camera without a test! :)
> On the upside- these pilgrims spend a WHOLE lot on film and processing, so
> as long as that is my rice bowl, I should keep quiet and enjoy it!
> All you LUGgers out there, have a happy holiday season, and take lots of
> good Leica Happy Snaps!!
> Dan- " The Sixty-Minute Man"