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Subject: [Leica] Another introduction
From: dorysrus at (Don Dory)
Date: Sun Sep 5 15:03:37 2004

Welcome to the family.  All images are appreciated.  Congratulations on
sticking with the Leica's until you were pretty comfortable with them;
as you have figured out, sometimes thoughtful is better.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Max Weisenfeld
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2004 10:03 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: [Leica] Another introduction

I have been mostly lurking for several months.   I agree with the
that, in general, if you don't show some pictures somewhere, you should
quiet.  So:

Comments and critiques appreciated.

Back in July, Barry Hinderks told a story about how he got his Leica
his friend, Rudy, and uses them to continue a legacy.

The story sat in my inbox for six weeks.  You see, I also got my Leicas
an inheritance.  Back in November, my father, Stanly Weisenfeld, a 50+
ASMP professional, was diagnosed with lung cancer, and on Memorial Day
died.  In March of this year, he gave me his Leicas  (and an Autocord,
that is another e-list).  When Dad retired after 38 years at Corning,
he had Hasselblads, Nikons, and Leicas.  The only kit he kept was the
Leicas, a pair of M5s he got as an upgrade from his IIIf kit.  In the
few years, he had shot mostly digital (and mostly his grandkids).

His grandkids (the two in green shirts):

The old man taught me right.  Started me with a Brownie Flash (you
see my shots of the '64 - '65 New York World's Fair) and in high school
got me a Nikkormat, had it CLA'd by Marty Forsher, and let me use his

But by the Mid-80's, though, the Nikkormat was gathering dust and all I
was take PnS of vacations.  About a year ago I began to think about
it up again, but didn't find the time.

Then Dad got sick.  And I asked about his Leicas.

Dad was pretty particular about his gear.  I think I had touched a Leica
maybe twice in my life.  So when Dad gave me the cameras, I was a bit
aback.  When he told me to go through and take anything else I wanted, I
stunned.  But when I got home and started to handle the Leicas, I was

Now I don't expect I have to tell anyone who has gotten this far into an
unforgivably long e-mail about how a Leica feels.  But try to remember
first time (oh am I gonna get flamed for that line).  Try to remember
how it
made you want to put in a roll and go shoot.

Try to remember how hard the damn thing is to load.  I mis-loaded two of
first five rolls.

My wife didn't understand why I was so excited about a camera that was
slow to use that I kept missing shots.  First, I pointed out that the
wasn't slow, I was (still am, but I'm getting better).  Then she saw the
first prints.  The kids in the pool at swim lessons, available light,
as a tack with the 135 Elmarit and incredible color.

Well, it's 65 rolls later and I think I am occasional getting something
here.  I don't have a scanner, and I haven't figured out Photoshop yet,
any digital issues you can blame on the minilab.  For the last four
of his life, my relationship with my Dad was the best ever as I shot, he
coached, and he saw his favorite tools came alive again.  His last words
me were, "How are the Leicas?"

Thanks for looking.


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