Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Shooting children with M6 -- HELP
From: "john miller" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 13:48:56 -0500

>From: Henry Krzciuk <>
>Subject: [Leica] Shooting children with M6 -- HELP
>Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 18:57:39 -0800 (PST)
>I have been using my M6TTL for a couple of months now
>and put it to the test this weekend with three
>grandchildren, ages 10 months, 2 years, and 6 years.
>I just couldn't focus fast enough and missed so many
>great shots.  Went to the zoo and shot more outside
>stuff with greatly varying light which added time to
>setup the f stop.  I was really frusrated and yearned
>for my old Canon EOS3 with zooom lens and auto
>The photos I did get that were in focus were great and
>had the wonderful Leica look.
>So how do I improve my situation.  Should I try a
>Konica body with auto metering for outside and film
>advance.  Although, the Konica auto focus is not as
>sharp as the Leica and I read about people having to
>get it adjusted all the time.
>Or do I buy a Contax N1 with the 24-85 zoom.  Or do I
>see if a Leica R zoom would satisfy these
>requirements.  I am at a crossroads.
>I still have a Contax G2 setup and an Aria with fixed
>focal length lens.
>Dear Henry,  Shooting kids or any other fast moving photo situation 
>requires the highest level of compatability between the camera and user.  
>PRACTICE using your M6 (if only dry firing the camera) to become 
>intuitively familar with which way each dial moves.  Learning to think 
>about exposure all the time will help you to predict exposure in a variety 
>of situations more accurately BEFORE you see a picture.  I preset my 
>shutter speed for different general lighting situations such as 1/250 
>outdoor sunshine, 1/60 in overcast and shade,  1/30 indoors.  This allows 
>me to concentrate on aperature to finetune exposure.   Next I start with 
>focus at infinity when looking for photos.  Doing this allows me to turn 
>the focusing ring only one way.  When focusing turn through the point of 
>sharpness -go back to it and shoot.  Hold the camera so that you can crank 
>the film advance without taking your eye from the camera.  It is possible 
>shoot very quickly and continuosly.   I believe the M6 is a wonderful tool 
>that brings me closer to the photo taking process than any camera  I have 
>used.  Best Regards,  John Miller 
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