Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M camera NOW R camera ?
From: "SML" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 10:09:03 -0700
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  I am every inch in synch with Doug.  I just gave up on the Nikon AF to
completely go back to my Leica.  I almost always get great results with the
350/4.8 Telyt, 70-180/2.8 APO-Vario hand held.  One of my poster size
blow-ups hanging on my wall is shot with the first fat 180/2.8 Elmarit hand
held.  I only use my tripod when I use self-timer to include myself in the
picture.  The brightest viewfinder of the SL is better than the fastest AF
somewhere in my book.

David Lee

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From: "Douglas Herr" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 8:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] M camera NOW R camera ?

> bdcolen <> wrote:
> > "Most capable?" Where's the autofocus? Where are the 35 1.4
> > and 28 1.4 lenses? Where's the 10 fps motor? Where are any
> > number of features that many, many, many - nay, countless -
> > professional and non-professional photographers consider
> > essential?
> B.D., the 35mm f/1.4 R is in the Leica catalog.
> A 10 fps motor is essential if you don't know how to time your exposures
or if the shutter lag is so long that capturing the right moment depends on
capturing lots of moments and editing later.
> Motorized rewind is essential if you have to depend on a 10 fps motor and
you change film every few seconds.
> AF is essential if the camera's viewfinder isn't good enough to focus
manually.  See "Pete", "Black Skimmer", "Golden Eagle" and "Sharp-shinned
Hawk" on my website - use a camera with a good viewfinder and focussing a
lens suddenly isn't rocket science.
> 3D color matrix metering is essential if the photographer has forgotten
the basics of exposure metering.
> IS/VR is essential if one has forgotten how to hold a cmaera steady.  I
regularly use a 400mm lens at 1/125 or even 1/60 sec hand-held, and the 560
at 1/125 or 1/250 sec.  "Prairie Warbler" was made at 1/60 sec, "Black
Skimmer", "Northern Goshawk, immature" and "Pied-billed Grebe" were exposed
for 1/125 sec, and "Coyote" and "Sharp-shinned Hawk" were 1/300 sec
exposures, with a hand-held 560mm lens.
> These features can be handy if one is rushed and can't take the time to
use appropriate technique but the cameras that have these features lack what
I consider essential: R lenses.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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