Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Autofocus & Leica
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 12:46:40 -0600

At 10:40 AM 3/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
>The surgery was only supposed to take about
>five minutes and I could image trying to fumble with focusing and getting
>only one or two photos, so I took my Minolta 9xi in addition to my Leica
>M6.  The noise was awful and I spent most of the time trying to get the
>blamed thing to focus on what I wanted it to and not what it wanted to!

Tina, you M user you...

You, certainly are enlightened enough to know what's what. An R8 with a 100 
Apo Macro would have been your tool for such a surgery! :-)

I have tried AF with macro before (Nikon F5 and 60 Micro) and find the AF 
totally useless in such applications. I can see where you might think AF is 
the way to go, but not for anything closeup, especially with a wide 
aperture. Glad it worked out for you in the end.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

The Devil whispered behind the leaves, It's pretty, but is it Art?   - 
Rudyard Kipling