Now read this!

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by erik|4, Sep 9, 2000.

  1. I found this edifying:

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    http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/galleries/essays/090800.htm
     
  2. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    Erik, thanks for posting that. Interesting story. I'm one of those
    "full frame, black line" people too.
     
  3. What, he didn't need a huge F5 or Canon EOS with 20 point auto focus
    and Image stabilization to get his award winning shots? See, there is
    still a use for the simple basic rangefinder camera in photography.
    And I thought it was just a bunch of us old fashioned guys making this
    stuff up.
     
  4. Is there anywhere on the web to see his pictures?
     
  5. I though the same thing. I was scrolling all over that page, but
    didn't see any links to the guys photos.
     
  6. I like this quote especially:

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    "...intimacy of his pictures. Working with a rangefinder camera forces
    you to get close to your subjects. [For example the longest lens the
    Leica RF can take is a 135mm telephoto.] And getting up close to one's
    subject is a heck of a lot easier if your camera does not sound like a
    howitzer [the near-silent click of the Leica's shutter is legendary]
    and if you are not motor-driving your way through a series of flash
    pictures going off in your subject's face".
     
  7. I did a search for Claus Bjorn Larsen on Google and it turned up a few
    sites with his pix.
     
  8. A great site.Full of imformation.Read some of the other essays...Truth time!The Leica is quite but some slr are quieter these days.I love my M3.We are together 33years.
    The Leica is not simply a camera.It is a whole philosophy of another approach to photography.I think in this day and age,we Leica users are the very basic photographers,after the others who use 8x10 and 4x5 view cameras.There is purity in simplicity and vision.
     
  9. Jason,

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    Do you have experience with SLR's that are quieter than Leica M's?
    Which ones? How do they dampen the mirror flipping and aperture
    actuation?

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    Just curious.

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    Al
     
  10. I haven't seen any SLR ever made by anyone that is even in the same
    league of quiet as the M3. Certainly nothing current with motors and
    AF zipping and buzzing. You can not even hear my M3 go off if there
    is any ambient noise present. Often, people do not know if I have
    taken the photo yet.
     
  11. Here's one site with some of Claus Bjorn Larsen's pictures: http://www.f ujifilm.pt/paginas/epa/EPA99_1Premio.htm.
    Interesting to see that quite a few of the essays archived in the link mentioned by Erik relate to Leica. Mr. Van Riper is obviously an enthusiast, and interesting too, to see the confirmation about a possible medium format Leica effort. it remains to be seen what it is...
     
  12. I love my Leica.I also have listened and worked with some of the new cameras.Their noise level is very low.I have a Pentax 6x7.That is NOISE.WHAT DID YOU SAY?My 54 Rollei TLR
    is truly silent.Dont assume the noise level is that good.
    Also some newer cameras are way faster to use.All auto hi-tech has advantages.I find people very impatient at weddings,events and can no longer rely on my ability to work fast enough!I need help.I stand by what I said.We are (Leicaphiles)like the users of view cameras.Just very different.Even when we do a landscape.See HCB pic of "Brie" in "Tete a Tete".That is equivilant of any Ansel.I will never be without my M3/2....Have great light and good exposures.
     
  13. I agree with Jason. I have an EOS 50, an M2 and a Rollei T, and the T
    is silent, while the EOS is not much louder than the M2. The thing
    about the M shutter is it sounds just sooooo good. Hell they should
    put a loudner on it, cause it sounds so good. Kind of like Nikon did
    with the MD-12 creating the loudest motordrive ever, Hollywood's
    favourite camera sound :)
     
  14. "We are (Leicaphiles)like the users of view cameras.Just very
    different."

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    My use for the Leica is that it is the perfect companion to a view
    camera. Need a closeup? Monorail time! Need a candid? M3! You're
    already carrying the meter around, right? It'll make more sense when
    I switch to a collapsible 50, though...

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    On the photography, though, that's why I am not a photojournalist.
    Another league.
     
  15. Following on from the reference to Claes Bjorn Larson's work and a web
    page. He was one of leica's featured photographers this year at
    Photokina and has a page dedicated to him on their web site:
    http://www.leica-camera.com/markt/photokina/fotografen/larsen/index_e.
    html
     

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