Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/18

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Subject: [Leica] Re: An R series question
From: lowiemanuel at (Emanuel Lowi)
Date: Fri Jun 18 14:47:06 2004

A couple of years ago, when shopping for a new SLR, I
tried a variety of brands, all with fast 180-200mm
lenses affixed. On handling and ease of focus, the
Leica R8 with motor and 180/2 were by far the best.

While I know Greg has the 180/2 already, so other
brands are mostly out (except for Canon with an
adapter), I have a hard time imaging that big 180
balanced on a motorless SL or SL-2. 

Please correct me if I'm wrong on that, Doug. 

Given that the old SL & SL2 motors are slightly iffy
propositions at this point in history. I'd suggest
that Greg give the motorized R8 a second look. Perhaps
an R6.2 or R7 with motor too, although they won't be
as pleasant to view and focus through as the R8.

The SL is a wonderful machine -- in many ways Leica's
best SLR --  but the lack of a modern motor makes it a
tough choice for very big and bulky glass, I think.

Emanuel Lowi


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