Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/13

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: New M7
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 17:15:50 -0500

All I can say Andrew is that you are unbelievably lucky not to have had to
use flash since 1992 - except for a studio portrait. I do my damnedest to
avoid using flash but there are time when, to paraphrase Eugene Smith,
shooting with available light means shooting with the flash that's
available - when you really, really, MUST get the shot.

B. D.

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[]On Behalf Of Andrew
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 5:03 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: New M7

Rolfe Tessem <> wrote:

> all this focus on flash, flash, flash

Completely agree.  I haven't used a flash since 1992 (the
last time I did a studio portrait).

> that the M camera is basically fully evolved. That surely
> makes it tough to sell new cameras.

There are still a few things I'd like to see in an M, although
I stopped holding my breath waiting for them years ago:

o  A truly silent shutter.  Not "whisper quiet" or "silky"
   but *silent*.  You-cannot-hear-it silent.  Does-this-thing-
   work-I-just-pressed-the-button-and-didn't-hear-a-thing silent.

o  A built-in silent motor winder.  Don't need 10 fps, just
   something *silent* to advance the film after each shot.

It can be done as Konica did it with the Hexar over 10 years
ago.  Just wish someone at Solmns would realise that a truly
silent camera would be a huge boon to all the wedding / candid /
courtroom / film-set photographers out there.

And yes, I have used the Hexar Silver (silent mode modified)
for a while.  Nice camera, but you are stuck with a fixed 35mm
Hexanon lens and the manual focus (via weenie buttons) is a pain.

And while we are at it, why not a compact-M variant - say a
better-quality remake of the CL(E)?


Andrew Nemeth

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