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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica & Contax test
From: "Bruce Feldman" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 20:43:21 +0100

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From: Chandos Michael Brown <>
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Sent: Thursday, March 25, 1999 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica & Contax test

>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

Yes.  If you can do all that -- while standing on one foot, whistling
Dixie -- then I'd say you've earned your salt.

>The autofocus on the G2 is plenty fast,

Not fast enough, IMHO.

and when I shoot the 'luxes at wide
>aperture and slow speeds, it often takes a good long while to focus.

I'll accept this point.  Maybe.  I've not tried the G2 in low light, but
have heard it's much improved over the G1.

>what's the point of such strange comparisons: all of this is so much chalk
>and cheese.

 I'd say it's a supremely relevant comparison.  So what's the point of your
strange question?

Bruce Feldman

>>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
>>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
>>out of sight, with one hand, and without thinking.
>Chandos Michael Brown
>Assoc. Prof., History and American Studies
>College of William and Mary