Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/02

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Rangefinder Basics
From: rdcb37 at (Rick Dykstra)
Date: Sun Jan 2 17:05:40 2005
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Gee, there's been some stones thrown at Ms wearing flashes here lately! 
  But that's to be expected.  :-)  Ms are at their best without them of 
course.  BUT, they also work perfectly well with the right kind of 
flash and folk who are new to the M system and used to flashes ought 
not be discouraged.  Here's some of the ways I use the SF20 flash with 
Ms, with complete success.

- in near darkness at dance parties.  Pre focus with a 50 or 35 and 
fire away, using TTL or Auto as appropriate to the body.
- in full sunlight for portraits taken against the light, with 100 
speed film.  1/50th and f11 to f16 gives a properly exposed background 
and a flash range of a few meters.  Flash cut to -1 and 2/3rds.  
- in dappled shade, to fill in shadows a little.  Flash cut to -3
- inside, with reasonable ambient light.  I use the flash to add a 
little sharpness to people moving, such as kids dancing or running 
- inside with low ambient light.  A slow shutter speed will provide a 
blurry ambient look with a sharper reduced flash image superimposed.

The nice thing about starting out with an older M6, a 35/2 or a 50/2 
and an SF20 is that if it doesn't suit, there's little lost on resale, 
if anything.


In reply to: Message from mikezx18 at (mike zx18) ([Leica] Rangefinder Basics)
Message from ericm at (Eric) ([Leica] Re: Rangefinder Basics)