Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica & Contax test
From: Chandos Michael Brown <>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 13:25:17 -0500

Yeah, and I can field-strip my M3, adjust the parallax, CLA the shutter, 
reassemble, load and cock--wearing a blind-fold--in under a minute--and 
*all* of this with no other tools than my Leatherman.  Does this earn me my 

The autofocus on the G2 is plenty fast, and when I shoot the 'luxes at wide 
aperture and slow speeds, it often takes a good long while to focus.  So 
what's the point of such strange comparisons: all of this is so much chalk 
and cheese.


>3.  If you use the G2 in auto mode, which, let's face it, is how it's
>designed to be used, it doesn't start to work until you (at least partially)
>press the shutter.  If you're going to prefocus it, you have to be aiming
>it.  Bye, bye, subject!  Any M user worth his salt ought to be able to
>prefocus his M -- and set aperture and shutter -- while it's in his pocket,
>out of sight, with one hand, and without thinking.

Chandos Michael Brown
Assoc. Prof., History and American Studies
College of William and Mary