Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/09

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Subject: [Leica] Marty Forscher
From: summarex at (Javier Perez)
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:42:04 -0400
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They are beautifully built rock solid cameras. I just think the Leicaflex 
was a far superior design in every respect. I'm not sure what Forscher 
thought about the LF but he must have acknowledged the brilliance of the LF 
design at least in private! I don't see how he could have thought of the 
Contarex as superior or even equal to the LF. 




> Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 01:10:24 -0400
> From: mark at
> To: lug at
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Marty Forscher
> > Rabiner,
> > 
> > The Contarex has always had my vote for "Boat Anchor Of The 20th 
> > Century".
> > 
> > Jerry
> As in they were way big? You're not expunging the quality I hope you'd be
> out standing alone in the field of dreams, Jerry.
> Zeiss spared no expense on these designs and one of the parameters was not
> compactness. Contarex glass is smaller and lighter than Hasselblad glass.
> And I've lifted those and worked them them.
> The cameras of the 90's proved to be just as inflated in size.
> The F4 and 5 Nikons and the Canon EOS's. Monsters.
> But not over machined like the Contarex.
> And not experimented with with so many things that could have worked, but
> didn't. Which is why so few you see out with somebody using one. After a 
> few
> decades they were guaranteed to break and impossible to fix.
> Mark William Rabiner
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In reply to: Message from glehrer at (Jerry Lehrer) ([Leica] Marty Forscher)
Message from mark at (Mark Rabiner) ([Leica] Marty Forscher)