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Subject: [Leica] New List Member
From: wendythurman at (Wendy Thurman)
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 16:22:31 +0430
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Not a soldier- I work here on a USAID (United States Agency for
International Development, for those of you unfamiliar with the acronym)
funded agricultural program.  This is my second USAID program here; I worked
on an engineering QA/QC program in 2007-2008.  I left Iraq last June after
13 months on a USAID counter-insurgency program.  I have spent a total of 3+
years in Iraq and about a year now, altogether, in Afghanistan.  This
program runs another 18 months.

I am actually involved in the financial management of these sorts of
programs and not the technical piece.  This sort of work allows me to go to
some interesting places (and some not so interesting!) as well as travel on
my own.  I like the work!


On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Neil Beddoe <Neil.Beddoe at> 

> Hello and welcome to this rather unusual mailing list.  What are you doing
> in Afghanistan Wendy? Are you soldier?
> Neil
> -----Original Message-----
> From: at [mailto:
> lug-bounces+neil.beddoe <lug-bounces%2Bneil.beddoe>
>] On Behalf Of Wendy Thurman
> Sent: 05 October 2009 09:21
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] New List Member
> I've shot a bit with Hassy's and they are nice- definitely easier to deal
> with than the Mamiyas as far as size goes and the glass is superb.  I am
> not
> enamored of the 6x6 film format, though- hence my preference for the RB67.
> Personal choice there, I suppose.
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Mark Rabiner <mark at>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > I will most certainly keep and use my Nikon system.  Having shot F2's,
> > F3's,
> > > F4's, and an FM2 I am a certified Nikon fanatic.  The Leica will be a
> > > valuable addition to my toolbox and my vision.
> >
> >
> > Leica's and Nikons go together like peanut butter and jelly.
> > I saw this mannequin display somewhere I think it was a LHSA meeting with
> a
> > nikon hanging off one shoulder and a Leica off the other of these armless
> > things. "Kits" I think they were calling them I think their were Brits
> > involved. Brits like that word Kits.
> > Also in the camera bag they look good next to each other like puppies or
> > kitties.
> >
> > The perfect medium format hands on no nonsense companion to a Leica in a
> > came bag is a twin lens Rolleiflex; a 2.8 f. the Rolleiflex makes a
> Leica,
> > any Leica seem noisy.
> >
> > The best deal in photography today is Hasselblad. Less then half the size
> > of
> > those RB RZ monsters. 3x the elegance.  A cube from Sweden. And again its
> > all about glass. Zeiss. As in real Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen.
> > Also found on the Rolleiflex.
> >
> >
> >
> > Mark William Rabiner
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> >
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Replies: Reply from Neil.Beddoe at (Neil Beddoe) ([Leica] New List Member)
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Message from wendythurman at (Wendy Thurman) ([Leica] New List Member)
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