Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Noisy M Whiners, Oops Winders
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 00:04:23 -0800

> I had one of Leica's first for the M4-2. I don't know why I kept it as long
> as I did (about 6 months). The noise was bad, but the wrench it gave to the
> whole camera at the end of each cycle still makes me shudder. I'm sure part
> of the reason I didn't like the M4-2 (besides the strap eyelet falling out,
> and other things) was by association with that abomination. Nice
> description, John!
>    *            Henning J. Wulff
>   /|\      Wulff Photography & Design
>  /###\
>  |[ ]|

Henning the M4-2 never got it's act together. I would not own one. Others love
theirs on this list. It seemed they had to be optimized for a certain camera.
The Winder M has had none of it's problems. It workds. Sometimes the roll ends
with a bit of a feeling of tension. But release the R lever and the tension is
released. I fond that a tad disconcerting a hundred or so rolls ago for many
years. It just works. Interchanging it between an FE-2 with MD-12 back and forth
makes you appreciate it more. It's darn nice seeing that studio strobe go off
repeatedly and very quietly in your Leica M finder. I'd shot thousands of rolls
with the FE-2 with MD-12 combination and the Leica with winder is a better tool.
I blast away at f11 with my 90 Elmarit or 135 APO and never miss my focus. I'm
able to concentrate my attention on the subject matter like never before.
Over and out.
Mark Rabiner
Without the strobe going off the model would not even know you had clicked the
shutter if they were 15 feet away for full lengths especially with music
playing. They can not even use the visual stimulus of the automatic diaphragm as
there is not one.