Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/12

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Subject: RE: [Leica] First Time Choice of Leica Bodies
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Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 13:03:53 -0400

Peter Natscher <> wrote:

> I am going to drive over to Keeble&Shucat cameras in Palo
> Alto, California, tomorrow am and take a fresh look at these three Leica
> camera bodies--M6, R6.2, M7 and R8.
> What approach do I use in making my final choice in a Leica cameras
> body to ultimately buy and use in my new photography journey.
> Is buying two zoom lenses (wide-angle to norm. and norm. to telephoto)
> OK rather than buying three lenses (wide angle, 50mm, telephoto)?
Peter, if you think you'll be using lenses longer than 135mm or want to pursue close-up subjects the R bodies will be more useful to you.  Which R depends on your personal tastes and preferences.  If you don't expect to use long lenses or close-up subjects, the light weight and dim-light focussing of the M cameras are strong selling points.
The current Leica zoom lenses (and the Tri-Elmar, for the M) sacrifice only maximum aperture and at times linear distortion compared with prime lenses.
Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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