Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/07/14

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Subject: [Leica] Re: leica for my mid-life crisis
From: Ken Wilcox <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 14:19:43 -0400


You're in luck! You can buy a new chrome 50 Summicron in thread mount and
use it on both of your cameras!

Ken Wilcox

At 11:37 -0400 7/14/0, a fine scholar, David Binder wrote:

>I've been lurking here for a few weeks and I'd like to first thank
>everyone on this mailing list for the information I've gleaned.
>Photography has been somewhat secondary to my endeavors in architecture
>and whenever something serious had to be done (publication photos etc.)
>I've brought in the pros. I've never had any interest in using automatic
>features in cameras and have relied on my faithful lowly Nikkormat for
>more years than I care to remember. I don't know exactly why, but I've
>become more interested in photography lately and have taken the leica
>plunge. I now own a new black M6TTL, 35 summicron ASPH and 90 Elmarit-M.
>The ability to hand hold at lower shutter speeds has been an incredible
>asset so far. The quality of my photos with the M6 has been better than
>ever, and I'm quite excited about the whole thing. Contrary to some
>opinions I've read, I find the film loading to be easy, quick and
>reliable. I can live with the rangefinder focusing flare problem thanks
>to some of the tips I've read here but I'm not all that thrilled about
>the off switch for the battery as I like to leave my shutter speed in
>'ready for anything' position and I've got a probably unfounded fear of
>wearing the shutter speed dial out from turning it so much more than I
>would normally.
>I'd like to learn a bit more about the lenses I have before draining my
>bank account further, but I think that my next leica acquisition will be
>the 50 summicron. This is a dumb newbie question, but is it wrong to buy
>a chrome lense for a black camera? I was thinking it might be an
>advantage when fumbling in the bag for lenses.
>My recent leica plunge goes a bit further in that my mother has just
>given me her 1937 leica IIIa with Summar lense.  The bad news is that
>the Summar is badly fogged and according to Kindermann it's toast. The
>camera seems to be fine so I'll be on the lookout for a screw mount lens.
>Once again, thanks to all for the invaluable leica information.
>-David Binder (shooting more photos than ever before!)

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