Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/11

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Subject: [Leica] Leica Digital M LCD Monitor
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Sun Jul 11 14:50:19 2004


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Greg Locke
Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 4:34 PM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica Digital M LCD Monitor

Ever seen the delay, lag time, blurring in these things and have you
ever tried to use one in bright sunlight?

If you are looking at histograms and other data while trying to make
pictures you will never make decent pictures. It's no different then
doing those stupid focusing formulas.

If you can't take a picture, a histogram ain't going to help you. Most
people on this list have been taking pictures long before we ever knew
what a histogram was.

Photography is pretty simple actually.
Set the exposure, focus the lens, compose, and push the button. We've
been doing it a long time. Anything that gets in the middle of this
system or otherwise complicates the issue will actually degrade the
spontaneity and "decisive moment of photography.

That's it!! It doesn't matter if its film, digital or Liquid Light on
Swiss cheese.

Any digital camera formats and form factors that think it can be
anything different will fail in the market of professionals and serious

Digital cameras should be no different than film cameras. The only
difference should by CF/SM cards instead of film.

...and they ain't there yet on this count either.

Greg Locke
St. John's, Newfoundland


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On 
> Behalf Of Adam Bridge
> Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 5:01 PM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica Digital M LCD Monitor
> The ability to view a scene with overlays through a real-time
> LCD on the back would provide a lot of feedback and 
> information not available through the optical viewfinder.  If 
> there is not mechanical shutter in the Digital M then there's 
> no obvious reason (to me) precluding it, current practice has 
> nothing to do with what is possible since there are no 
> high-end range-finder digital cameras.
> Live histogram information immediately leaps to mind as a
> reason for making this available although realestate could be 
> saved by making this information available through the viewfinder.
> Adam
> On Sun, 11 Jul 2004 14:21:01 -0400, B. D. Colen
> <> wrote:
> > No camera with a "real" viewfinder has a real-time LCD, and I can't
> > imagine how the digital M would have one.

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