Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M vs R musing...
From: Pablo Kolodny <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 22:46:34 -0300

on 17/6/01 7:52 PM, Ken Iisaka at wrote:

> After shedding of my Nikon SLR equipment, I've now been shooting with a SL2
> MOT body for a few months now.
> I was rather astonished to see that the success rate was a lot lower with
> the SLR than my M.  The lenses that I used most are virtually identical: the
> Canadian Summicron-M 50mm and the Canadian Summicron-R 50mm (II).  Under
> microscope, it took no time to realise that I do not focus as accurately
> with the R, and there is more blur from the mirror.
> I suppose that these observations shouldn't be a surprise, but it reinforced
> the notion to me that an SLR is a specialised equipment most suited for
> macrophotography and telephotography, and for exact composition with a
> tripod.

Yes, and rather would be said that SLR systems shoot, sometimes kill, but M
system takes photos.

Just kidding, of course....but it sounds to me that shooting is for guns and
not for taking photos. Macro, telephotos or whatever should always not been
called as shooting. At least almost always...