Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/19[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
To: leica-users Greetings, I've been "digesting" this list for a while and would like to introduce myself. I've been using Leica for about 10 years. I do mostly B&W "street photography", doing my own developing and printing. My first "real" camera was OM-4 with 21/2 (that's right F2!) and 40/2. The system was nice and compact (OM10 is not as featured and as well built as OM-3/4), prints looked good and sharp . Then I got M4-P with 50/2 (all Canadian) and took both cameras on my first trip to Italy. When I came back and printed prints from negatives from both cameras I was "hooked" (even my wife, a painter, saw the difference) and the OM stuff was traded in on 28/2.8. And later I got M6 and 90/2.8. However, to address Leica quality, the M4-P had a "'fogged" viewfinder and the 50 had some flare problems, both of which took Leica about one and half year to fix (!). Last fall, I bought M6 classic and 35/2 ASPH (for a price I could not resist, both new with passport) and the "back door" on the body was quite loose and made a "clicking" sound whenever I grabbed the body. No problem, my dealer sent it in, lent me another body, and in two weeks I had the body back fixed. On the other hand, my M4-P was traded in on R7 and 180/2.8 (both used) couple years ago and I never had a single problem with them. So I guess, it just depends on your luck. But I think that Leica should have much better quality control (that's what they boast about in their brochures!). Anyway, I never regretted the switch to Leica and I think the M system helped to improve my photography. There's always something one can learn and improve while working with the manual range finder camera, whereas with the all auto cameras, one might tend to just wait for the improved features of the newer and newer bodies and lenses. Jiri Dvorak Seattle, WA, USA PS the best beer (at least the lager type) is Czech beer.