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Subject: Re: [Leica] First Time Choice of Leica Bodies (long)
From: Andrew Schroter <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 18:03:01 -0400
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Sometimes one has to sacrifice a little composition in order to capture the
decisive moment!
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Subject: Re: [Leica] First Time Choice of Leica Bodies (long)

> In a message dated 4/24/02 4:22:51 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << If you're already thinking in terms of buying a whole collection
>  of Leica stuff, you're probably on the wrong track, >>
> Could you elaborate a little on this.  I also started with an M6 and the
> in this case a 50/2.8.  My experience was that the 50 was too limiting and
> that I wished for at least a 35/2 in many photo opportunities I was faced
> with.
> One particular instance was when I was in downtown San Francisco.  Powell
> Station (of the Bay Area Transit System) off Market street is a known hub
> chess players of all kinds, masters, hustlers, patzers, tourists etc. and
> from all nationalities, Russians, Eastern Europeans, Filipinos, Indians
> I proceeded to take pictures of chess players and their games all lined up
> one long column.  Not too long after, a woman sauntered off to the right
> the frontmost game, smiled and signalled to me that she wanted her picture
> taken.  Sure, I obliged, and as I was adjusting the focus, she proceeded
> pull up her shirt!   With a 50/2.8 on my lens, I could get her isolated
> beautifully but the picture meant so much more if I could frame her with
> chess players.  I proceeded to do this after one take by stepping back but
> increasing the distance between us inconvenienced many passers by who had
> either stop on their tracks or were forced to change directions to avoid
> cutting between us.  By this time, she quickly lost interest, pulled her
> shirt down and went on her way.  Oh if only I had a 35 instead of that
> 50.  I still pine at the few frames could have a taken that morning.
> By the way, the chess players never even looked up.  To them, the incident
> was more of a distraction than anything else.  It would have provided an
> ironic angle, a streaker in the midst of the most disinterested group of
> she could ever find.
> My advice, start with an M6 and a 35/2.0
> Dante
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