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Discussion in 'Rangefinder Forum' started by BradS, Feb 23, 2018.
You’re right, I didn’t think of it. Old habits never die, I’m a movie cameraman.
Ha! Rackover cinema cameras were the cinema standard for decades, especially the Mitchell Standard, NC, BNC in the States. The Arri II was the game changer.
Why not the Arriflex of 1937? The Arriflex II was post-war.
Yes, of course you are correct, I am too Hollywoodcentric. The Arri reflex was used after WWII in the US studios. The IIc really came into its own as a location production tool for the studios when they hard-fronted them (no turret) with a BNCR or Panavision mount in the late '60's.
My take on the screwmounts: small, built-in diopter, 1.5x rf magnification (from the Leica III onwards) ... in my experience easier to load than an M.
I have two screw Leica on my desk and often I ask myself why I don’t take these beauties out.......
Because then I see my Fujifilm x100f and before I know I’m out shooting the Fuji.
How do you think that Fuji will be working when it is 80 or more years old?
What is being made today that will last 25 or more years? I have a friend who uses a 1931 A model Ford as a daily driver during summer. Durability and maintainabilty seem to be very low on the list of virtues; consumers have allowed themselves to be trained by the marketeers into some sort of bipedal magpie, bringing home an endless stream of shiny crappy things to clutter the nest.
Go to any flea market or junk yard and you will see 80 year old detrius - and that's the good stuff that hasn't rusted, rotted, or just been thrown away. There has always been crap and bipedal magpies. It is not a new phenomenon as some would have you believe.
True, absolutely true. But that was not part of the question.
I had Leica's from M2 op to M6, only the M5 I didn't own or use. Absolutely magnificent pieces of mechanical photographic equipement
But, before the digital swap, I preferred to shoot my Contax G2 over the Leica M's, probably the convenient A priority did it. (Never got my hands on a M7)
There was something over the screw Leica's however that made me keep those little gems. Compact, understated, and the magic that happen when you shoot the old collapsable Summicron on a pushed TRIX, I guess.....
I guess it will be almost as death as I will be
No that's not true. Industrial revolution tilled the land, marketing made it bloom. There's no point making things that cannot be sold.
I was out shooting with my IIIa today, it slips in a pocket, it's fun to use and that little Elmar is amazingly sharp.
Because it's fun using a camera that's as old as I am and still works! Bought my first Leica (a IIIc) when I was a college freshman over 50 years ago and still enjoy using it. Have an M3 too but the little Barnack is just plain fun to use.
It is small in the pocket.
It is fun to use.
It is cheaper than the M series cameras and lenses.
Many LTM lenses are available at a wide range of prices.
The owner wants to use it.
No, I do not have this camera and I have never owned this camera.
1. Though my Leica III is 80 years old it is still a reliable, modern, camera.
2. It is small so I have it with me more often than I don't.
3. Its settings are very precise and very accurate.
4. I am more aware of the light, the camera settings and my surroundings when I carry it.
5. It makes me feel good to use it.
6. Though I am normally a shy person, this camera attracts people and conversations, which I do enjoy.
7. It is repairable.
If your Leica LTM is in good condition you can advance film just as quickly as with a lever by stroking the knob with the side of your finger (assuming right-handed).
Even the external ones?