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    I second rangefinderforum, lots of leica love over there.

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    Leica-M, Advanced Photo School from Günter Osterloh

    All explained from early Leica's to the recent ones (non-digitals).
    ISBN 1-57990-637-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    For detailed information I refer to [I] ... Another good resource is Leica Manual by Willard D. Morgan and Henry M. Lester, published over many years in several editions.
    Ditto.

    I also have found that the Morgan and Lester book has some very useful information about fundamentals and techniques of 35mm rangefinder photography. It would probably be of considerable interest to those who shoot with FSU Leica inspired cameras too.
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    The things you learn the hard way:-
    Always check the lens cover is in your pocket
    When loading a film, check the rewind knob moves as you wind the film on
    Check you have set the right exposure
    - and if coming directly from a SLR; dont forget to focus

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    Another good Leica info resource is http://www.butkus.org/chinon/leica.htm - a lot of manuals and instructions. I bet most of you are familiar with this one though

    Also, here are the very extensive on-line price guides for Leica cameras and lenses. They aren't as good as McKeown's or Kadlubek's, but not everyone has McKeown's guide at home
    http://collectiblend.com/Lenses/Leitz/
    http://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Leitz/

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    And if you cant sleep with Miss Universe , dont throw shit to her.
    I sleep with my Leica (M7) and especially the lenses. If you have ever used high resolution films and the right type developers this 35mm equipment can compete with small medium format and because the system is so practical and handy my best photos are made with Miss Universe

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeta3 View Post
    The things you learn the hard way:-
    Snippy...
    - and if coming directly from a SLR; dont forget to focus
    Or use a 12mm lens and set it to 1 meter and never focus again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    Its like sleeping with Miss America or Miss Universe or an ugly woman.
    It is all a matter of taste and as the (English) saying goes...there is no accounting for taste. Much the same goes for cameras.

    If I wanted a Leica, I could buy one, but why? I am quite capable of taking mediocre photos with much less expensive gear. I personally have quite a bit of fun shooting with my somewhat strange line-up of cameras and lenses.


    BTW...what does an ugly woman look like?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    For detailed information I refer to The Leica: A History Illustrating every Model and Accessory by Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck. Another good resource is Leica Manual by Willard D. Morgan and Henry M. Lester, published over many years in several editions.
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    Hello,

    A camera is a paintbrush, there are many types to accomplish different strokes. And within the Leica lineup of lenses each lens in a focal length has a different character. That said, you will ne'er be able to tell anything by looking at a computer monitor and thus all your research is for naught. The only way to understand them is to buy them and use them.

    The amount of ridiculousness available on the internet is staggering and for the most part completely pointless in the pursuit of creating worthwhile images. All Leica lenses are excellent. A persons ability to use them to their full capability varies wildly. All of the actual, valuable information concerning leica lenses is contained in books written about them.

    The names you asked about are simply trade names that Leica uses to describe the speed of the lenses;

    Noctilux is basically an F/1 lens, there are F/1.2, F/1 and F/0.95 varieties. Noctili are completely unnecessary but I do think the out of focus areas look good. Good luck handholding at F/1 and enjoy carrying that behemoth around.

    Summilux is F1.4 and makes low light color photography possible, but I say "Yuck" to low light color. Still they are useful for narrow depth of field.

    Summicron is F/2 and the most practical to carry on an everyday, everywhere basis which is mostly the point of having and using the Leica. Though not all Summicrons are small.

    Elmarit is F/2.8 and I believe they provide the best image qualities wide open but that's just my opinion. They are cheaper, smaller and lighter than their faster brothers and by far the easiest to carry.

    Elmar is F/4 and are great lenses as well.



    Your own knowledge of latin will tell you what these words actually mean.

    Huge variations in price are the result of the collector markets, speeds of lenses that make them attractive to professionals who use them in low light, supply and demand, internet propaganda, Erwin Puts or whomever says the best lens is X and everyone has to have it. Leica lenses are worth the price, just as everything that is created to the highest standard is.

    Enjoy the cult of Leica,

    Puma

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