Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/04/27

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica quality MF system ?
From: Mikiro Mori <>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:37:21 +0200

At 8:25 am +0200 27/4/99, D Khong wrote:

>After much thought and pondering over this question, I think the best MF
>camera would probably be a German Rollei TLR with 80/2.8 Planar lens which
>has superb sharpness, nice contrast, and the focal length responsible for
>80% of MF prize winning pictures.  Moreover, it is also light, rugged,
>simple to use, easy to service, relatively cheaper to buy and if well taken
>care of will last another lifetime.   The lack of interchangeable lens is
>not really a great disadvantage when you consider that the "normal lens"
>(just like the 50mm summicron on your leica) can be used to take a majority
>of pics.

Dan, I understand what you say.  The only MF camera I now keep is a
Rolleicord Vb.  It is even smaller and lighter than 'flex 80/2.8's, and you
cannot beat Xenar.  Shooting with a TLR differs from that with rangefinder
cameras, though.