Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica Quality versus Medium Format
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 13:57:09 -0800
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Austin Franklin wrote:
> > 30 years ago when I was photographing motorsports for a living naturally I
> > like everybody else  used Nikon F's (no auto-focus or motor
> > drive). I had a
> > bet with a fellow staffer that I would cover the weekend with a TLR. Of
> > course I was the butt of many jokes at the racetrack, but I had the cover
> > shot for the next issue. hmmmmm maybe I will look around for another TLR.
> Following fast moving objects with a TLR using the WLF is surely an act of
> masochism ;-)

But if it's a Rolleiflex 2.8 F the waist level finder is the by far the best
ever made! Far better than the one for Hasselblad or the one for the current GX

The older waist level finders have an incredibly excellent action finder built
in which you can even focus with!!!
I use it all the time and sometimes its why i got with my Rolleiflex over the Hasselblads.

Puts you very much in touch with what you are shooting.

That said: When the pies are in the air: I'm much better off with my folding
finder on my Hasselblad than ANY darn prism.
You move the CAMERA in the direction of the action. Not the image.
That can be learned quickly.
Glancing down at a full groundglass can not be beat!

Mark Rabiner

Portland, Oregon

Updated ALL MY DESIGN webpage
but still very much in progress
at least i've got my personal work on my own thing now!

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