Leica, what's all the fuss about?

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  1. bapp

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    Jeees Louise???? I didnt say the M8 was an SLR I said the Leica build some of the most compact SLR's The R range 35mm Film cameras for example I said the M8 looks top notch.

    Im going to leave the comments to you techno junkies and stick to learning about "photography"


     
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    Several Leica early R SLRs were built with a partnership with Minolta. By today's standard, the R8 and the R9 are HUGE. The most compact SLRs of that time were by far Pentax... not Leica.

    But... ok.. I misunderstood.. Apologies.


    btw... My M6 Titanium is for sale... (lens is NOT included)

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    I also misunderstood, so please forgive the two of us. As well as the pile of Ms, I have an R6.2 and although it is small for the R range it is nowhere near being "probably the most compact SLR you can buy", so I hope that you treat it as an honest misunderstanding on our part and do not consign us to the dreaded 'techno junkies' wastebin.

    I'm doing a little comparison between the M6 and M7 with the more expensive Nikon D3 at the moment. The functionality of the Ms appears to be superior to that of the D3 in certain situations. Focusing in low light is one of them. The D3 struggles or fails, the Ms are as good as they have been for decades.

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    Helen.. anyway to borrow a good M3?? I know it doesn't have a meter and doesn't have wide-angle frame lines but the viewfinder on my CLAd M3 is noticeably brighter than the M6. I have no idea how it compares to an M7 (never even held one).

    I for one.. would be interested in hearing your thoughts after you complete your comparison. Just curious.
     
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    Leica...
    Expensive, yes, but it's a craftsmanship.
    Better image quality, maybe yes maybe no, still depends on the user.
    Compact and silent, yes to M's, never have experience with the R's. Maybe Helen could give a better perspective on R.

    usayit, nice pair, nice Nocti ;)

    Helen, interesting project, did you set your D3 in manual focus too?
     
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    Heheh no worries I can see how it looked like I meant the M8 was an SLR...

    A techno just retrieve as been served!!
     
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    It's so simple! Get one in your hands and shoot, feel how it's like to work with one. I guarantee you'll want it.:lol:
     
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    It is difficult to explain unless you actually make the leap of faith to shoot with a Leica (or any other rangefinder). Iron Flatline (our local Leica cult leader heheh lol) posted a link to an excellent article that might help explain the Leica cult. It is a good read:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/09/24/070924fa_fact_lane?printable=true

    Expensive?? very much so! As a Canon shooter (and a Pentax shooter prior), I could pretty much afford to buy the absolute best. ( If I wanted to.) Cost was not an issue. Once I switch my hat to the one with the red dot, I am awaken by the reality that the best is way far out of my reach (35mm f1.4 is about $4k USD!!!).

    Strange thing though... it doesn't bother me at all. The "old" and "cheaper" Leica glass brings me more joy than any "consumer" Canon lens could ever. Even the much cheaper Cosina Voigtlander lenses (28 f1.9 Ultron and 35 f1.2 Nokton) are just as enjoyable. Holding the equipment in your hands is like holding a piece of fine jewelry with the possibilities of creating something special.

    I kid you not.... shooting with a leica doesn't equate to better photos.. some actually believe this but it is all Magic Leica Fairy Dust... It is still the photographer. (and the car in my driveway is still a Dodge)
     
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    I've never understood why particular cameras get a "cult" following. What makes one camera "fun" and another camera not fun??

    Lets see... on this camera I load film and press this button to take a picture. That's fun!! on this other camera, I don't have to load film and I press this button to take a picture. That's fun!! On my other camera, I load film and take pictures (usually on a tripod) and that's also fun!! I'm confused about Leica. It seems like a decent camera but there are a lot of decent cameras out there.

    It was also nice that someone posted that you can mount a zeiss lens on a canon camera, I didn't know that. Do you know which adapter that is? Maybe a nikon to canon and use a Zeiss lens with a nikon mount? Anyway, that sounds like fun.
     
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    Leicas are to the other cameras what Ferari is to the other cars. Both fun to drive but one has a legend behind it. ;)
     
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    As Mitica said...

    you fill gas in a Toyota and go from A to B
    you fill gas in a Ferrari and go from A to B.

    Ferrari is more fun to drive.


    btw.. Zeiss lenses can mount to Leica without an adapter.
     
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    zeiss lenses also mount to sony dslrs if anyone wanted to know that! but of course i'm a little biased.... ;-)
     

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