Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/04

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Subject: [Leica] New List Member
From: rgacpa at (Bob Adler)
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 09:47:27 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Wendy,
Welcome to a very knowledgeable list. You will get a lot of great (and often 
conflicting and certainly overwhelming) advice from many excellent shooters 

I love my 50/1.4. It works well in low light as well as bright day. From my 
reading (not experience) I see that the M9 has better high ISO ability than 
the M8, but not close to your Nikon. I however don't find the M8 noise 
objectionable even at 1250. My 50 is glued to my M8 and I use it primarily 
for family shots (informal portraits). That said, I don't do a lot of that 
type of shooting.

I would love to see some of your work. Do you have it posted anywhere?
Best of luck and good fortune,
 Bob Adler
Palo Alto, CA

From: Wendy Thurman <wendythurman at>
To: lug at
Sent: Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:13:25 AM
Subject: [Leica] New List Member


I recently joined the list and would like to thank you all for making the
resource available- there is a huge amount of information here!

I do not own a Leica but I am looking to purchase one of the new M9's when
they become available.  I've shot film with M3's and M6's so am not a
complete stranger to Leica rangefinders; I wouldn't be averse to a film
camera but I am working in Afghanistan and don't want to deal with
processing film here.  Digital is the only practical solution for me at this
time.  My photography revolves largely around people and street scenes and I
know this is where the Leica cameras really shine.  Long a Nikon shooter, my
beloved D700 won't be disposed of- it does a lot of things very well,
particularly low light- but quite frankly the weight of the camera and a few
lenses is becoming annoying.

While waiting for the M9 to become available (I buy through B&H as they
deliver here very quickly, I'd like to buy at least one lens.  The 35
Summicron Aspherical is currently in the shopping cart; the 50/1.4 Summilux
Aspherical is what I was thinking about as a "first lens" but it is
currently not in stock at B&H.  Any opinions or thoughts you might have on
the subject of "first lens" would be appreciated.

Afghanistan is, photographically, a very rich environment and I hope to be
able to contribute something interesting to the list and perhaps the

Thanks again!


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