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#1 Aidan Maguire

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 07:06 PM

Hi,

I am looking at buying a Leica Leicina Special camera. Can anyone advise on the general pros and cons associated with this camera? Is this camera loud when it operates?

Thanks in advance,

Aidan
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#2 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:45 AM

Is this camera loud when it operates?


My Leicina Special is pretty loud, at least 45-50dbA/1ft at 25fps with cartridge loaded. Mine isn't very sync, it's something around 24fps when set to 25fps...

a proper serviced and lubricated device might perform better...for sound you have to blimp it anyway...

Pros:

Good lenses, the zoom is amazing, the 10mm-prime performs pretty well also, with the 10mm the camera is very compact.

Asa-setting from 16 to 400

Different Speeds, time-exposure, lap-disolve

Different viewfinder options: arial image with hair cross, central split image, microsprism screen

Compatible with leica stillphoto-lenses

Special gate-construction, good steadiness (if in good shape or serviced)

http://super8wiki.co...Leicina_Special


cons:

price

hard to find service
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#3 Bart Smith

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:26 AM

Some people may find the position of the viewfinder a bit tricky.

The handle can feel a bit flimsy, and is not very ergonomic.

The battery packs often seem to wear out and break.

But it is a lovely camera all in all
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#4 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:45 AM

Some people may find the position of the viewfinder a bit tricky.

Once you're used to put the camera on your forehead, you'll find it a very natural way framing when shooting without trypod...
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For me it's the most confortable camera to shoot freehand...

on a trypod it can be a little tricky

the trigger on the backside of the handle makes that the camera doesn't move when you pull the trigger...
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