Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/03/03

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Subject: [Leica] Multiple Bodies
From: lambroving at (William G. Lamb, III)
Date: Thu Mar 3 12:58:35 2005

Craig, (and Roger),

Because it's big, heavy and slow..., and because the optical quality can't 
live in the same room with the primes, namely 28/2 ASPH, 35/2 ASPH and 
50/1.4 ASPH? By reputation, the Tri-Elmar is a bit problematic mechanically 
too, is it not?


Last chance I had to shoot anything interesting was in January on the way 
back to New Jersey from Richmond, Virginia. Had a meeting with a retired 
press photographer at the Air & Space Museum at Dulles. He had covered the 
Opening Day and we were both expecting a lot more light in there than there 
was. (Lately they don't appear to pay their electric bill! :-)

In my "travel bag" were an MP .58 and 35/2 ASPH loaded with Supra 800 Pro 
from an evening out in a restaurant the night before, an M5 and 50/1.4 ASPH 
loaded with Portra VC 400 and an M7 and 28/2 ASPH loaded with Portra VC 
400. We could only meet for an hour because he had theatre plans and I was 
due in Annapolis for dinner. Must get back there some day properly 

In the short time we were there, between the three bodies, but mainly the 
MP due to the cave-like lighting conditions, I shot 40 frames, mostly wide 
open, never stopped down more than f2.8. Half the shots were acceptable or 
better. Had about eight solid hits, five of which are stunning, two of 
which have been sold.

Obviously, you have to do what works for you...


At 11:07 AM 03/03/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>I have bought and sold 3 M6TTL's and an M7. I regret selling the first M6. 
>I now use only one MP. Might get a back-up M6 but I don't need more bodies 
>for different lenses because the lenses that get the most use are the 28, 
>35, and 50 on my Tri-Elmar. I'm surprised there aren't more of you doing 
>the same.