Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/21

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Subject: [Leica] Leica back in action
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Thu Oct 21 09:24:19 2004

Sorry, Big Bill - At the moment it has to do with the fact that the
world has gone digital, and if those photographers want to work, they
need to shoot digital. Prior to that it had to do with the fact that
they wanted autofocus, they wanted all the features, whether you or
anyone else on the LUG wants them. They also wanted the support that
they got from Nikon and Canon Pro Services. And I have news for you -
you can count on your finders and toes the number of people who are
shooting with gear that they get free from any of the companies.

Sorry - the reality is that the days of the rangefinder in daily photo
journalism are long over. Sure, there may be one WH person who shoots
with Leica M - just like there was one person shooting on the campaign
trail  with a 4x5. Big deal.

Actually, the word now in the PJ world is that, ironically, the higher
up the food chain one is, the better chance one has to be "allowed" to
shoot some film if one wants to. Sure, a James Nachtwey - if he used
Leicas, which he doesn't - could shoot WH events with Ms, because he's
James Nachtwey. But your average wire service, newspaper shooter can't
do it because he wouldn't be competitive.

Love your Ms all you want, but try to view the world realistically
through that nice bright viewfinder. ;-)

B. D.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
William G. Lamb, III
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:50 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica back in action 

Give us a break, B.D.

Sanity is in the mind of the accountant. I'd be tempted to use Canon too
if I were a working White House photographer and all my gear was FREE.

Seems to be the way the Japanese buy market share, just as Nikon did in
the seventies when they were buying share by providing free gear to much
of the glossy magazine press and National Geographic. I know. I was
there and was using the same lab in NYC at the time. (K&L)

I note there is still ONE White House photographer who uses mostly
nothing but an M7 and 28 ASPH. Wonder why... :-)


At 11:20 AM 10/21/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>Thank to Chris Williams for injecting a bit of sanity into the
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of

>Christopher Williams
>Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:09 PM
>To: Leica Users Group
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica back in action
>There's always the White House press with those little black cameras 
>around the necks, with the big white lenses around the shoulder.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Douglas M. Sharp" Subject: [Leica] Leica back in action
> > Seen at a German government press conference last night on TV, a 
> > press
> > photographer using a Leica R9! Couldn't see whether it was with a 
> > digital back but it stuck out like a sore thumb between all the 
> > Nikanons.
> >
> > Is there still hope for the Solmser?
> > Douglas

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