Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/12/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica R9 is Here!
From: "Robert G. Stevens" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 14:54:26 -0400
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I don't know where you guys get this idea that a camera should be 
balanced.  It feels fine to me and I actually like the slighly bottom heavy 
feel when the motor is mounted.  This is with the 50mm Summilux.  With 
other lenses, the balance will change.  BTW, we are talking about cameras 
not throwing darts ;-)

I am going to give the R9 a try tonight.  It will not be very balanced 
though, as I will be shooting with the 400mm F2.8 ;-)  A bit front heavy.

I didn't think the weight difference would be that noticeable, but it 
feels  significantly lighter.  I would bet the R9 is now lighter than most 
other manufacturers high end cameras.



At 05:16 PM 12/21/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>On 21-12-2002 01:01 Mehrdad Sadat wrote:
> > I have had the r9 for a while, it is noticeably lighter than the r8. i like
> > the feel of the r8/motor a lot more than the r9/motor combo, it feels very
> > bottom heavy. may be we now need a r9 motor drive with the same weight
> > characteristic
>I think you hit the nail on the head with that remark Mehrdad. It was my
>(silent) feeling also that the R8/motordrive would make a better balanced
>combo than the R9/motordrive.
>Things will probably be different with the R9/motorwinder combo.
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