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

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Subject: [Leica] New List Member
From: grduprey at (grduprey at
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2009 20:13:19 +0000


Welcome to the LUG Family.  Good luck buying your M9, I use the M8 and love 
it.  As for lenses, both on your list are fantastic lenses, but you can also 
look and some of the older offerings, such as the older 50 summilux or the 
35 summicrons as good lesnses to start out with and at a substantial 
savings.  The 35 summilux asph is the one to get if you need the speed, as 
the older 35 'lux is not even close to the newer lens.  I have the older 
lens, and it is still a nice lens, but it is a very old design, and just not 
up to current standards.  There are many good lenses second hand out there 
that may suit you well and also keep the cost down, to get started.  I look 
forward to seeing some of your photos.

  -------------- Original message from Wendy Thurman <wendythurman at>: --------------

> Hello!
> 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
> gallery.
> Thanks again!
> Wendy
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