Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/09

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Full circle with Nikons
From: Phong <>
Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2003 09:25:12 -0400


Welcome to the D side !  I look forward to hear your experience
with producing high quality prints, especially in B&W, on this
or any other list.  Or are you just going to produce web images ?

- - Phong

> -----Original Message-----
> Yep but a month ago all these "people" were talking about their
> Leica D100's.
> At that time there was no interchangeable lensed option other than
> putting your Leica R lens on a Canon. (My spell checker gave me cancan  n.
> An exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and
> marked by high kicking. [French.]
> At the time it chafed but now i see thier point as there are no other
> options and digitally speaking the time is at hand.
> The digital back coming out a year from now is a malaprop. It just does
> not compute.
> I don't think it will have us furiously building up our R systems until
> this supposed Leica second coming digital back.
> Even if it were on time it would be too late. Heck if it were released
> today it would be just about too late. Especially if they price doesn't
> come down. By next year for one grand we'll be getting 8 megabytes with
> a 1.4 or 1.3 thing to multiply to get your lens. The Leica digital
> option would cost you a decimal point more.
> I think they need to hire a few more consultants in the electronic area.
> And put in a night shift. And take the Lager out of the cafeteria.
> Has anyone been on shoots where they need both film and digital? So you
> have two cameras hanging over your neck?
> If so the analog camera could easily be my M6. Why not? I've certainly
> nothing against it. That fact that it doesn't measure five separate
> areas of brightness and depth and compare this to a vast database of
> pictures which would compare closely to this description.  No we are not
> on an alley in Monaco with a bright streetlight we are in Seattle
> instead walking thorough the fish market. But it don't know why. It has
> no emotions. The fact my Leica doesn't do this is OK with me. I like
> that painted on white circle, that says it all.
> Nikons are very Leicalike. (Especially the F3)
> See Dougs pix on his site and find out!.
> Or my own site.
> But instead of a Coolpix i just might have to go out and order a
> Leicalux (whatever) for my pocket pixel grabber.
> Mark Rabiner
> Portland, Oregon USA
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