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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] A few thoughts about flash
From: John Hicks <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 21:20:28 -0500
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At 05:24 PM 1/13/02 -0500, you wrote:

>But then comes the issue of shooting for other people

  That was my experience too.
  While I've usually preferred available-darkness for my own work, along
with the inherent risk of dismal failures, the editors didn't see it that
way. Other than hard news shots in which a flash couldn't be used or "art"
features, for some obviously foolish reason they always wanted faces
well-lit and recognizable, plus they had the ridiculous notion that people
photographed in direct sunshine shouldn't have black, impenetrable shadows
on their faces.
  Thus there was a need to retreat to the old days of...dare we say
it..._fill flash_ of course along with the need for flash photography in
dim light. And without flashbulbs, fill flash in sunshine doesn't happen
with an M Leica.
  The use of color in news photography made things even worse; fill flash
was definitely needed and people indoors weren't supposed to be green.
  That pretty much killed off M Leicas for most daily news work.
  None of that matters today; M Leicas generally won't be considered
because they're not digital, not to mention the slow synch speed.
  Be that as it may....who's Leica's main customers? It sure isn't news
photographers. I suspect many Leica owners have gotten a bit turned off on
Leica because the incredible, wonderful camera ended up being quite a bit
less than wonderful for family snaps etc.
  So I think it's great if Leica can add FP flash with TTL auto and more
power than Olympus managed with the F280...without screwing up the rest of
the camera.

John Hicks

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