Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/30

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Subject: [Leica] amazing...
From: scott at (Scott McLoughlin)
Date: Sun Jan 30 10:36:49 2005
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I'm not so fond of my D70 for a number of reasons, but manual operation 
one of them.   Manual operation is actually pretty convenient. Stick it 
on M. Turn
one wheel for shutter and the other for aperture. Convenient meter 
readout right
in the VF and on the top of the camera.  I like to turn the meter mode 
to center
weighted when shooting manual mode. 

What's so hard about that?  The ergonomics of it are actually pretty good.


Feli wrote:

> Anyhow, after playing with the D70 I'm starting to wonder if the 
> exposure program
> is geared towards shooting with fill flash. It seems that as long as 
> you are willing
> to go that route, the system will handle almost anything you can throw 
> at it. Backlighting in particular appears to be a challenge and as 
> long as you allow the camera to pump some fill in there, everything 
> comes out perfect.  Average scenes work like a charm, but it's got an 
> itchy trigger finger for that damn popup flash. That's my initial 
> impression and similar to my experience with other heavily automated 
> systems. Now, that's not a bad thing if you like that look, but not so 
> good if you are a natural light kind of guy. But that is the reality 
> of things. Most modern cameras are geared towards you simply framing 
> the shot and hitting the shutter release. This becomes very obvious 
> when you try to run one of these cameras all manual. It's an awkward 
> experience, since they simply weren't designed to be operated in such 
> a manner. That's one thing that intrigues me about the new Minolta. It 
> actually appears to have dials like a 'real' camera to change such 
> settings.
> So, I'll keep playing with it. Maybe I just need more experience with 
> it to make it do what I want. Time will tell, but I do miss simply 
> being able stop down or open up a stop with a simple twist of a dial, 
> when I know I'm about to get screwed.... 8-)
> feli
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