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Ted Grant wrote: > Hi guys & Gals, > > Today I gave a slide presentation to a small group of high school kids > interested in photojournalism and becoming a photojournalist. They were well > informed on the history of photojournalism and knew of the Leica camera > in relation to photojournalism.. Thanks, Ted, for sharing the story. My first encounter with a Leica was during my years at high school (Ashbury College, in Ottawa, where I was a boarding student) where the Latin teacher's wife lent me her M3 with Rigid Summicron 50mm and Elmarit 90mm for theatre work. I was using my first "serious" camera, a Nikon FG, and was struggling with lighting, and keeping everything steady. Back then, there was no faster film than Tri-X, except for Kodak Recording Film 2475 (?). Shooting at ASA 800 / DIN 30, processing with Microdol 1:3 for 18 minutes at 20C, the combination with the Leica lenses were just amazing. Handheld shots at down to 1/15 were a breeze, and there were even some usable ones at 1/8. I was truly converted then. It wasn't until 15 years later that I bought my first Leica. I am now in the process of liquidating my Nikon equipment (thanks, Doug!) and have become a total convert after all these years. I will never look back.