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Leica Reflex Photography Hardcover – 31 Oct 1991

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; First Edition edition (31 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715399039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715399033
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.8 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,964,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brian Bower is an acknowledged expert photographer and user of Leica equipment and in this book he gives us an excellent overview of Leica reflex photography and does so in an easy and pleasant style.

The book covers all models up to and including the R6 and just misses out on the R7, but as for the most part this is the successor to the R5, comments about the R5 will largely apply to the R7. If you wish for a full appraisal of the R7, though, a book dedicated to this model will serve you better. The use of lenses and the various accessories described do, though, all equally apply to the R7 as well.

The book opens with an overview of the various R models from the original Leicaflex and this is very useful in plotting the improvements Leica introduced along the way. At the end of the book are very useful tables concerning the various lenses etc and their use on the various copying devices. In between, one is led on a photographic journey, almost literally, with superb colour and b/w plates illustrative of the techniques employed and/or use of a particular lens. The quality of the plates is some of the best I have ever seen reproduced, and there is always a feeling of deja vu when on his travels he visits a place the reader has been to.

Naturally, the book is Leica-centric, but for anyone wishing to find out that Leica is more than merely myth or legend, it is the least expensive way.
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Unusually good camera book with terrific pictures 13 Aug. 1999
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Brian Bower's introduction to the Leica reflex cameras is unusual among books dedicated to a specific camera system because it does not just regurgitate the instruction books. Indeed, the buyer of a used camera will not find any camera-specific instructions in "Leica Reflex Photography," just well written and very good guidance on choosing cameras, lenses, and accessories and equally good (but short) chapters on close-up work, landscapes and nature, and most other topics in photography.
The author's pictures are top-notch, and very well reproduced -- well worth the entire price of the book. A careful study of the pictures and of the lenses used to make them is more revealing about the proper choice of lenses for an SLR outfit than any words could be. Users of any system camera should take a good long look!
The tables of characteristics of every lens ever made for the Leica-R and Leicaflex cameras will help photographers on a (Leica-sized) budget shop wisely for used equipment.
Anyone who owns a Leica SLR or who thinks he or she might want to own one, ought to have this book on the shelf.
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