Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/09/17

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: .85x now flare in the viewfinder
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 11:15:53 -0400

I was hardly suggesting that you don't shoot constantly and
don't do wonderful commercial work, Don....I do, however, doubt that this is
a "unit variable" problem.

Everyone's pal Erwin long-ago noted that there were changes made in the
viewfinder that cause the flare. It is a real problem, so real that Erwin
noted it in his review of the M7, in which he said that the problem had been
reduced, but NOT eliminated. And so now we have Leica saying that they are
going to do something about the problem in the newer M7s, and that we can
retrofit M6 TTLs to deal with the problem. If this was some weird little
quirk, I doubt they would be going to this length to fix it.

And of course, use the tool that works...The M6, flare or no, works for me.
But the flare is an annoying problem.

B. D.
- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Don Dory
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: .85x now flare in the viewfinder

Well, B.D., I guess my M6 is one that was carefully dropped and doesn't
exhibit the killer flare you mention.

 Just because I choose to primarily support my family outside photography
doesn't mean that I don't use my camera "commercially" to support charitable
groups or organizations.  If I am the only non-snapshooter present I have
the same responsibility to bring back images to record the anti-landmine
protest or marriage festivities as a "real" photographer.  Since I've been
on the list I have taken Ted's advice and shot into the light to better
outline subjects with backlight, including media glare or setting suns.

I think that the flare problem may indeed suffer unit variability.

My advice is to do what Slobodon has done, use the tool that gets the job


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