Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/07/31

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Leica d700 shipping (or so they say)
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Thu Jul 31 20:50:02 2008

Today at the neighborhood camera store I hung out a bit.
Just like the old days.
It was the:
Westside Camera/ Ritz Inc
3 reviews - more info ?
2400 Broadway # 1
New York, NY 10024
(212) 877-8760

They were talking about the new Canon full frame coming out.
But not at a lower price point they said.

I'd think the next step is to go for compactness.
Mark William Rabiner

> From: slobodan dimitrov <>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 19:16:53 -0700
> To: Leica Users Group <>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica d700 shipping (or so they say)
> Being 'buried' in Canon gear, I'll have to wait until September to
> find out what in store for me.
> s.d.
> On Jul 31, 2008, at 6:57 PM, Michael Eric Berube wrote:
>> I got my Leica D700 yesterday. Only a 24/2.8 and 50/1.8 remain in
>> my stable for "FX" format (36X24) now, so I'll be using the camera
>> with my DX lenses for a while in DX 'crop mode'.
>> Interestingly in 5MP DX 'crop' mode, it is much more like using an
>> RF camera because there is a frame in the middle of the VF that
>> represents the 100% DX image crop lines...just like with an M.
>> Even at 5.1MP the 6400 ISO is insanely more detailed and noise/
>> grain free than any other camera I've ever or digital.
>> Except for the heavy noise above 400ISO, my former Leica D2h was
>> just fine for all the weddings I shot with it even at lowly 4MP.
>> Noiseless 5MP images should be more than enough to make a really
>> nice 16X24 prints.
>> IN trying all of my lenses I happily report that the Sigma 10-20
>> works in FX mode just peachy from 14-20mm (and in DX perfectly
>> throughout of course.) The Sigma 18-50/2.8 vignettes throughout as
>> does the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5, 50-150/2.8 and the Nikkor DX10.5/2.8
>> of course.  I may end up with a 24-70/2.8 in my bag again. I loved
>> the Sigma EX 24-70/2.8 that lived on my Leica F100 most of the
>> time. That particular Sigma is not HSM (AFs) but it costs ~$450
>> while the much better built Nikkor 24-70/2.8 with the AFs is $1700.
>> No doubt the Nikkor would be 'better' but, I'm not sure it would be
>> a whole $1250 'better' and I still need to get a new SB900 too!
>> If only I had become a dentist, lawyer or surgeon instead of a
>> wedding photographer...then I'd be able to afford all the gear I
>> really want!
>> :)
>> Carpe lumen,
>> Michael Eric Berube
>>> -------------- Original message ----------------------
>>> From: Mark Rabiner <>
>>>> I also will be getting the new Leica D700  as soon as possible.
>>> How many
>>>> others of us I wonder?
>>>> Looking forward to using it with all my classic glass I've
>>> amassed since the
>>>> 70's. Like the 105 2.5.
>>>> 45mm pancake and 55mm f3.5 Micro-Nikkor
>>>>> 28mm 1.4 and 14 2.8
>>>>> All will return to their original wonderfulness.
>>>> And not be hollow telephoto shadows of themselves.
>>>>> F iso 64,000 and be there!
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