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Subject: [Leica] Alpa STC
From: rgacpa at (Bob Adler)
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 18:38:57 -0700 (PDT)
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Well a couple of other ways to look at it:

1. I can use the GG and Hassy finders  (I like the RMfx) to focus. No need 
range find at all. Besides, the range finder is useless for T/S.
2. The IQ does not have live view and, when it does, may or may not be 
worthwhile. That said, the after-shot review screen at 100% is definitely 
to check out focus post shot.
3. The 60MP backs are a Dalsa chip and not the Kodak chip. So there is no 
exposure AND with night shots, they have noise scrubbing in the firmware 
takes out star trails (not a big deal, until you're in Monument National 
Park at 
4. I can stitch with this puppy without moving the lens. So I get about 84mm 
image circle coverage with 3 shots and the back on vertically. Now I can use 
and stitch.

and at 20% the weight of a Hassy kit with similar lens....

Excuse me, what's not to like?
 Bob Adler
Palo Alto, CA

From: Richard Man <richard at>
To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
Sent: Fri, May 6, 2011 12:44:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Alpa STC

The biggest problem I see with the Alpa, is really that once you throw in
the money to get the great lens and movement, then you want, wait, wait, I
meant, NEED, one of those new IQ series back so you can have liveview and
use it for focus. Otherwise, you use a dinky little Leica laser rangerfinder
and a High Precision Mount which is nowhere near as fun, I meant, precise.
So now you're staring at a $20,000 40 megapixel back. Well, $9500 if one
have a P45 back to trade in.

But really, you may as well get the 60 meg back. That has to be the sweet
spot for optimal quality images.

Or a cheap 8x10 and scan film :-)

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