Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/02

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Subject: [Leica] Landscapes Advice
From: "Gib Robinson" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 08:28:00 -0800

[Jim Brick wrote]

> I have a "Steady Hook" screwed into the bottom of the centerpost and I
> something heavy on it. Camera bag, large bean bag, folding bucket filled
> with rocks/dirt, etc. This helps absorb and dampen any centerpost

I think you've provided the source for your "steady hook" since I've been on
the list, but I can't find it. I'd like to give it a try.

> I always use Mirror Lock Up. You cannot, so AVOID 1/15, 1/8, and 1/4 sec
> exposures. These are deadly to image sharpness.

Yes, yes. What R models have lock up capability? (Do I really want to know).

> A reasonably long (12 to 18 inches) cable release. Or electric release
> cable via the electric release plug on the winder. This cannot be used
> MLU however. You don't have this problem with an R4.

Why is longer better? I've got an 18" cable that's wrapped in a durable
plastic casing but it's hard to carry. Whenever I open the zipper pocket the
thing comes at me like a cobra. I need it for my shoulder stock, but
otherwise I use a 6" release.

- --G