Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/17

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Subject: [Leica] Trying to understand M8
From: jsmith342 at (Jeffery Smith)
Date: Sun Sep 17 08:48:06 2006

I'm currently not that crazy about slide film (but do admit that it converts
*beautifully* to grayscale). At one time, I lived on Ektachrome 400 (late
70's). I do like the look of B&W silver halide films, and I like the alchemy
of souping old black and white films in old black and white developers. So
part of me fears that if I get myself an M8 or Epson RD, my film bodies
might begin to collect dust. That seems like a stupid thing to think or
say...if you do better work with a digital rangefinder or find yourself
using a digital rangefinder more often, then neglecting other equipment
should be a secondary concern. But I suppose that I never had an
extramarital affair for fear that I would neglect my wife.

Whew! Good save. 

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of John
Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2006 10:29 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Trying to understand M8

Henning has tried out all the lenses he has, and that is quite a few  
including all the wide Voitinas, and they all work well on the M8;  
much better than they work on the RD1. So I wouldn't worry about  
coding issues.

There are other issues mind you; some cost related. I was doing some  
casual shooting at a friend's wedding last night. I had three bodies  
going. I suppose I could have got by with two but that is still a  
$10K investment. That is a long cool drink of water by any measure.  
Also 90% of my shooting is with reversal. I  really, really like the  
projected slide. I would have to sort that end of the equation too.  
The other significant issue is the lack of fast wides. I would need a  
28/1.4 no ifs and or buts about it.

The ability to free up one's shooting cannot be overstated. I think I  
will end up with a Leica M digital but not right away.

John Collier

On 16-Sep-06, at 5:30 PM, Jeffery Smith wrote:

> I suppose that if I limited myself to just shooting with one or two
> lenses,
> the cost would be inconsequential. But if non-coded lenses are an  
> issue with
> the M8, the lure of getting one because I could use it with the 20  
> some-odd
> M lenses I now have would be questionable. What would I do with the
> Voigtlander, Konica, and Zeiss lenses?

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