Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] SF20 flash...Ken
From: "lea" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 19:33:32 -0600
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I believe Tina sent a post to the list after having seen the shots you did
using the SF20 flash and I recall she WAS impressed. I've been debating the
purchase of the SF20 for a few weeks...I typically use the Vivtar285 but it
certainly isn't a put-in-the-pocket-and-carry-it-with-you-everywhere model!

Anyway, any place on line I can go to see some of the shots you took with
the SF20? Tina spoke so highly of them, I'd like to see, too.


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From: "Ken Lassiter" <>
To: "Leica Users Forum" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2001 6:28 PM
Subject: [Leica] SF20 flash and Ted Grant

> Ted:
> I admire you and respect you a lot.  You make wonderful pictures, much
> better than I can ever hope to do.  You are a master.  I must admit,
> though, I can't recall ever seeing a flash photo made by you.  Maybe you
> have.  Have you?
> Like you, I have made 99% of my photos by available light -- without
> flash.  I owned a Vivitar but very seldom used it with any camera.  I
> resisted getting a SF20 for a long time.   I thought it looked like a
> toy.  How could such a little flash ever be useful?
> Then I bought one because I was going to a place where I knew I must
> have flash and wanted a small unit to carry.  Then I started using the
> SF20.  Not all that much.  I still prefer available light.  But like W.
> Eugene Smith who always used available light, I do find times I can make
> a better picture using the little SF20 flash unit I now have
> available.   (Smith is reputed to have said, "Sure I use available
> light: daylight, strobe, hot lights -- whatever is available!"
> I showed Tina Manley some of my photos and she ran out and bought a SF20
> unit and used it sometimes on her last trip to Honduras.  Ask her if it
> is true.  I know you also admire and respect Tina.
> If you can tell me you have tried the SF20 with a TTL M6 or on your R8
> and found it to be useless, I will believe you.   But until you do, I
> stand on my case.  Try it.  Others who have agree.  It might not work
> for you.  But every photographer has times when a little more light or
> more control over the light would make a better picture.  I certainly
> do.  Maybe  you?
> Respectfully... Ken Lassiter
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