(From: Ernst Haas Estate)

(From: Ernst Haas Estate)

(From: LEICA Barnack Berek Blog)

A Leica USA advertisement from 1976.

(From: Vintage Paper Ads)

Around ten years (1985) later he supposedly said:

“Leica, schmeica. The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.”

Another quote sourced from the infamous Ken Rockwell is:

“Best wide-angle lens? ‘Two steps backward’ and ‘look for the ah-ha’.”

Yet about the Leica lenses according to Gil Pruitt via photo.net he said:

I bought two of his books last year; In Germany and Color Photography. Both beautiful books that I would encourage anyone with an interest in color photography to take a look at. In the back of in Germany he says:

“Except for the handy little Leica table top tripod, I have not used tripods in connection with the photographs published in this book… I try to keep my equipment to a minimum… A final word on lenses: I used 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 90mm, 135mm and 180mm Leica lenses. What I love about Leica lenses is that they are so incredibly sharp and clear, without ever becoming too harsh. Sharpness alone is not enough.”«

He also mentions that the only filter he uses is occasionally a polarization filter when needed. Cheers!