Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/01/31

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Subject: RE: [Leica] MP vs. M7
From: "Emos Houzob" <>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 04:37:52 +0000

BD I guess you  saying that professional photography is dead.  I am old 
photographer who came here and bought first M camera when M was everybody's 
camera.  Back then only few could own M.  Today it is still everybody's 
camera but more people own M.

I guess I miss your speech on sad current reality.  I have seen more like 
evolution and I evolve with it. It does not make me less professional no?

Emos Houzob

>From: "B. D. Colen" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: RE: [Leica] MP vs. M7
>Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 11:20:05 -0500
>Eric - How the sales are going, and whether it is the "instrument of the
>pros" is utterly irrelevant; the sad current reality is that for all
>intents and purposes - with some very notable exceptions - Leica M
>cameras are no longer "instruments of the pros." Period. That day is
>long past. They are, however, fine instruments. The real question, the
>only relevant question, is "which is the ideal instrument for Eric
>Ertman?" Will you be happier owning, or thinking you own, the ultimate
>Leica M, the "modern M3," or will you be happier with perfectly exposed
>photos of your young children?
>Only you can answer that question.
>B. D.
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Eric
>Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 11:07 AM
>Subject: [Leica] MP vs. M7
>After having gone full circle,starting off with an M6 and gone through
>Nikons and Canons, age is making me come back to my senses. The time has
>come for an M7 or MP. I've hanled (fondled) the M7 but have not had the
>opportunity to do the same with an MP. Technically the choice is tough
>enough, as I do appreciate the mechanical simplicity of the MP, so from
>selfish point of view this might be the Leica of my dreams. I do however
>take a considerable amount of pictures of my young children during play
>where the AE of the M7 would be a godsend. What I would like to hear
>those of you who know both cameras, is the MP the beauty that it is made
>to be (a la M3) or is it more a marketing gimmick than anything else?
>are the MP's sales going so far? Is it more a collectors camera than an
>instrument for pros?
>Would appreciate any kind of input concerning M7 vs MP.
>Eric Ertman
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