Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/03/09

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica focusing...HELP!
From: "Wesson, Leo W" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 21:31:25 -0600


I found focusing to be slow for me with the M. I found this info on the Cameraquest site and it helped me a lot.

Focus Indicator: Some electronic manual focus SLRs in the 1980's made a big deal out of having a "focus indicator" in the viewfinder to tell you which way to turn the lens to get the correct focus.  Guess what?  The M3 (and all later RF M's) have had a focus indicator since 1954!  The right or left image displacement inside the M rangefinder patch tells the photog which way to turn the lens to focus.   Let me explain.  Focus your lens -- a vertical subject will be easier for this illustration.   Notice how image is lined up inside as well as outside the rangefinder patch.   Now turn the lens out of focus and look again.   Compare the image line outside the rangefinder patch with the image inside the rangefinder patch.   To focus the lens,  turn the lens barrel  in the direction necessary to line up the image line inside the rangefinder patch with its image outside the patch.


- -----Original Message-----
From:	lea []
Sent:	Sun 3/9/2003 8:12 PM
Subject:	[Leica] Leica focusing...HELP!

OH MY GAWD I suck focusing with my M6. Over 2 years with it and I'm still so
blasted slow. I am young (under 40) with good eyes (even though I wear
contacts and glasses) and I take for flippin' ever to focus...with or
without the viewfinder magnifier.

I just can't believe I'm the only one with this problem...or the only one
who has encountered it. What have others done to get faster? I'm open to all
suggestions (short of selling the camera!).

Suggestions gladly read.

Lea Murphy
Whiny Dog Press
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Picture a Week PAW

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