Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Important tips to take goof pics with a leica M
From: Johnny Deadman <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 09:40:02 -0400

16 of the best tips still. Especially 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and

on 4/5/01 4:05 AM, Logan Reinwood at wrote:

> 16 tips to take good pictures with a leica M
> 1. Don’t be overloaded with a too complete equipment
> 2. Work as often as possible wide open
> 3. Chose in advance the distance of the work domain
> 4. Adjust the exposure in advance and fine-tune it only when the light
> changes really
> 5. Don’t use the motor-winder only to shoot faster but also –taking
> advantage of the of its weight- to shoot with an increased stability
> 6. For fast shooting – with small diaphragm value and short focal length –
> it is not always necessary to refocus. Work preferably with typical
> adjustment
> 7. Learn to shoot “au jugé” – at the belt height over the head, …- practice
> to increase your experience/success
> 8. Stabilize the camera by using the strap around you elbow
> 9. Always check that the viewfinder window is clean
> 10. If by strong light the in of in the viewfinder are hard to see, use one
> of your finger to shade the exposure window
> 11. Never shoot without a hood
> 12. Press the shutter release slowly and smoothly. If needed use a tripod
> 13. to obtain perfect result it is necessary to hold correctly the camera
> 14. for vertical shooting It is preferable to adjust the focus horizontally
> and then turn the camera
> 15. To work fast chose pre-select the speed and than adjust the diaphragm
> later
> 16. Never obstruct the rangefinder windowith a finger
> Do you think it is a joke? All these tips are taken from “Leica Moments
> Magiques – 40 years”, 1994!!!!!
> I was really surprised when reading these tips. Any photo magazine is able
> to provide potential leica users with more interesting tips!
> Comments?
> logan

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John Brownlow

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