Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/12/20

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Subject: [Leica] Looking at buying an M8
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:03:35 -0500

Fast moving landscapes!?!?!
Does it take a lot longer to set up an 11x14 than a 4x5!??!?
Mark R.

> From: Ken Carney <kcarney1 at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:13:03 -0600
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Looking at buying an M8
> Yes, it works that way at first.  When I first started this hobby, I had
> an M3 and some lenses, then a Contax, and then a seminar with Cole
> Weston where he suggested I would be much better off with a 4x5.  So I
> got a Linhof Technica.  That, of course, led to an 8x10.  I was actually
> thinking about an 11x14 when I met David Kennedy, who did buy one when
> he moved from NYC to New Mexico only to find that his scene was pretty
> much gone while he set up.
> Ken
> On 12/19/2011 9:43 AM, tedgrant at wrote:
>> Nathan Wajsman OFFERED::
>>> to try to rationalize photo equipment purchases from a financial
>>> point of view is futile<<<<
>> Absolutely!!!!!!! :-)
>> My first 2 1/4 camera was a Rolleicord. Had it for 23 days, of course
>> it worked fine. HOWEVER???? :-) As I read more and more photo
>> magazines in the following days and stories about many of the "great
>> shooters" of the early '50's they were using Rolleiflex! I returned
>> the Rolleicord, they allowed me 50% trade in after only 23 days and I
>> gave them the box and all the paper work. It wouldn't surprise me they
>> sold it again as "New!"
>> By the way the Rolleiflex cost $310.00 Cdn.
>> We eventually learn it isn't the equipment, (it helps depending on
>> your assignment requirements) but the person holding it that observes
>> the moment and "CLICK!"
>> "If I only had a Rollieflex, my pictures would be so much better!" I
>> fretted over this for 23 days , then finally walked into my favourite
>> camera store, I think at the time I might have been their favourite
>> customer! :-) As I was always just going to "LOOK?" :-) But always
>> came out with something new because I just had to have the best! I was
>> always in debt because quite often I never asked the price ? It was "I
>> need !" And it was handed to me and it went on my account and I
>> eventually paid for it. :-)
>> Sooner or later experience kick's in and you learn......... "I don't
>> really need that lens! Just take two steps closer!" And you'll be
>> fine. However for some of us slower learners? ;-) It really take's
>> time. :-)
>> cheers,
>> Dr. ted
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