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Roger Hicks
08-16-2010, 22:49
Or an account of Leicas' advantages and disadvantages and why (and how) I've used 'em for 40+ years, as an amateur and professionally: http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/leicaphilia.html

A couple of links don't work (articles not up yet) and there are a few minor changes needed, but the webmaster is aware of these.

Cheers,

R.

Chris101
08-16-2010, 23:18
By the title, I was thinking this would be about something kinky I could do with my camera. Instead it is a thoroughly enjoyable article. We RFF denizens knew all that, but it's a fun read none-the-less.

Roger Hicks
08-16-2010, 23:30
Dear Chris,

First trannies and now this...

Thanks for the kind words.

Cheers,

R.

Uwe_Nds
08-16-2010, 23:53
Roger,

Thank you! A pleasure to read - as usual.

Cheers,
Uwe

newspaperguy
08-17-2010, 00:06
Thanks Roger and Frances...

went right to the print, punch, bind and save files.

damien.murphy
08-17-2010, 00:10
First trannies and now this...

I'm just thankful fanny packs have not translated across the atlantic, as hearing of both trannies and fannies in more common usage than I'm accustomed to, would be too much for me :)

Haven't read the article fully, but it looks like a great place to point friends of the opinion Leica ownership is restricted to collectors and dentists..

Keep up the good work, reading your articles is a pleasure,

Damien

Krosya
08-17-2010, 00:33
Interesting read - cant say I agree with everything, but its always fun to see another point of view on the subject of cameras.

Mr_Flibble
08-17-2010, 00:56
Interesting read indeed and many good points and arguments, Roger. Thought I felt it started get a bit repetitive towards the haters in the conclusion.

Still a good read for this distracted desk jockey

John Lawrence
08-17-2010, 05:49
I enjoyed reading this and couldn't agree more with the underlying message of 'if it suits you and your photography, then use it'.

Also liked the passage about CLAs. Reminded me of one repairer who was infamous for never taking apart any of the cameras he got in for a CLA. Instead he would just take a hypo filled with grease and squirt it into the mechanicals prior to returning the camera to its owner. The strange thing was he got very few back, and a good many letters of commendation for the work he had(n't) carried out!

John

mabelsound
08-17-2010, 06:01
Thanks, Roger, I really enjoyed that.

Chris101
08-17-2010, 06:45
... First trannies and now this...

Thanks for the kind words. ...

What clinched it for me, was that you included a picture of my first love.

A late 1964 Beetle. <3 <3 <3

:)

Attwo
08-17-2010, 06:49
Thanks, Roger, I really enjoyed that.

+1. Quite amusing.


What clinched it for me, was that you included a picture of my first love.

A late 1964 Beetle. <3 <3 <3

:)

A 1967 model according to the plates.

visiondr
08-17-2010, 07:32
Roger, it appears that, as a younger man, you tend(ed) to have a penchant for photographing young, pretty girls ;-)
I enjoyed reading the article.

maggieo
08-17-2010, 07:47
Roger, none of the illustrations are loading for me and the url for them seem odd and return a 404 error. For instance:

http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/..%5Cimages%5Cleicaphilia%5C1%203x%20m.jpg

edit: how odd- the page looks fine in Safari, but is a mess in Firefox.

FrankS
08-17-2010, 07:49
Roger, it appears that, as a younger man, you tend(ed) to have a penchant for photographing young, pretty girls ;-)
I enjoyed reading the article.

I wasn't going to follow the link, but after this review, I will.

feenej
08-17-2010, 08:06
Still a great photo. Car driving into her head does not matter much.

Water Ouzel
08-17-2010, 09:00
+1. Quite amusing.




A 1967 model according to the plates.

Now you've gone and complicated things. Or, maybe, VW America dd.

Disambiguating various model years of bugs, for us on this side of the pond, was simplified a bit by (visual) changes in '66 with the "1300" badge on the engine cover, and in '67 with its "Volkswagen" badge on the engine cover. Which is why I'd have guessed '64 or '65 for the bug in the picture.

ray*j*gun
08-17-2010, 09:13
Outstanding article Roger even without the pics...which I can't bring up either. I truly enjoy the way you write!

shadowfox
08-17-2010, 09:33
A good read, I like the question and answer style of the writing.
But I can't see any pictures. Hopefully it's fixed when the article is published.

Roger Hicks
08-17-2010, 09:35
The Beetle is a '64 US-spec, bought second-hand in Bermuda and imported into the UK in '67 or '68.

Dail and I were together for rather over 3 years.

Glad people have been enjoying it. Dunno why the pics won't load for some. Sorry! I'll contact the web-master.

Cheers,

R.

antiquark
08-17-2010, 10:00
Glad people have been enjoying it. Dunno why the pics won't load for some. Sorry! I'll contact the web-master.
.

Looks like the image directories have been separated with backslashes '\' instead of forward slashes '/', which would work for Internet Explorer, and (probably) nothing else.

naruto
08-17-2010, 10:20
Very engaging read Roger. Thanks for the article.

I twittered the link into wild.

I propose that RFF have a twitter account with postings of links to articles by Coffee with Mentors and/or Reviews of camera gear.

kevin m
08-17-2010, 10:29
Haters? Reverse snobbery? Ill-wishers?

Yikes!

I checked out the article hoping for the best, but I see the long-running preoccupation with the psychology of those who hold opinions contrary to the author remains front and center in his writing. It's a shame, because there is much useful information in there otherwise. :(

Sparrow
08-17-2010, 10:43
Haters? Reverse snobbery? Ill-wishers?

Yikes!

I checked out the article hoping for the best, but I see the long-running preoccupation with the psychology of those who hold opinions contrary to the author remains front and center in his writing. It's a shame, because there is much useful information in there otherwise. :(

Well yes, but then many of us are consistent in our prejudices are we not?

Attwo
08-17-2010, 11:07
Haters? Reverse snobbery? Ill-wishers?

Yikes!

I checked out the article hoping for the best, but I see the long-running preoccupation with the psychology of those who hold opinions contrary to the author remains front and center in his writing. It's a shame, because there is much useful information in there otherwise. :(

Yeah That's why I found it amusing.
I've never heard of "Leicaphobia" before the author mentioned it.

Surely there would be no Leicaphobes, Leica ill-wishers or Leica haters on this "rangefinder" forum?
So where does the author's paranoia come from?

-doomed-
08-17-2010, 11:27
Roger,
Enjoyed the article , it was a good read.
Now you've gone and complicated things. Or, maybe, VW America dd.

Disambiguating various model years of bugs, for us on this side of the pond, was simplified a bit by (visual) changes in '66 with the "1300" badge on the engine cover, and in '67 with its "Volkswagen" badge on the engine cover. Which is why I'd have guessed '64 or '65 for the bug in the picture.
T handle on the decklid suggests earlier than 65. The W decklid suggests that it may be somewhere closer to early 60's possibly late 50's. It is not after 65 which got larger rear quarter windows of the 65-67.

newspaperguy
08-17-2010, 11:36
WAIT! There were pictures?

Mr_Flibble
08-17-2010, 12:24
Dunno why the pics won't load for some. Sorry! I'll contact the web-master.


They're not working in Firefox, but with Explorer they do show up.

tic
08-17-2010, 12:25
That was a great read, thanks! (But I couldnt't see the pictures either...)

Bob Ross
08-17-2010, 16:53
Good article, Roger. Stories like this need to be told about all the facets of photography that have mixed acceptance or too many myths.
It seems that 84 was a good year to buy lenses that are kept & used forever. For me they would be a 50 & 90 cron.
Bob

robklurfield
08-17-2010, 17:03
nice piece, Roger.

Gary Sandhu
08-17-2010, 17:14
Photos load fine on my iPhone 3GS using safari

Leigh Youdale
08-17-2010, 18:02
Having just added an M6 to my brace of Bessas I found the article very enjoyable and useful reading. And I like both makes - they just feel and sound a little different, and the Leica has the same solid feel that my Nikkormat has. I first bought a Bessa because I couldn't afford a Leica. Now I have both and can appreciate them for their differences.

I use Safari as my browser and have no problems with accessing the photographs in the article.

And yes, there is evidence of both snobbery and inverted snobbery about Leica ownership. Some people become zealots over camera types - if it keeps them away from religion then I think that's quite OK. They can't do much damage here.

je2a3
08-17-2010, 18:12
Google chrome showed the pictures....thanks for the nice read Mr. Hicks!

dee
09-09-2010, 14:24
There's just something about a prperly CLA 1932 Leica II in black and nickel patina ,
that just whispers quality , durability , continuity , history ... and it's miniature .
I don't need another excuse ...

Ade-oh
09-11-2010, 07:49
I must admit that I'm kind of past the stage of trying to justify either to myself or other people why I have each of the ludicrously large number of cameras I own, other than that I enjoy using them or they have some kind of sentimental value. The only one I rarely, if ever use, is a Zeiss folder my press photographer grandfather purloined in Germany in 1945 but all the rest get regular outings. My two Leicas - an MP and a IIIc - are amongst my favourites because they are compact, easy to carry around and use, and produce good results, but not noticeably better than the OMs I also have. Nobody has ever said anything negative to me about owning Leicas and if they were to? F*** 'em.