Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/11/23

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Subject: [Leica] Are Leica lenses muliticoated?
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sun Nov 23 09:19:05 2008
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On Nov 23, 2008, at 9:14 AM, Jeffery Smith wrote:

> I have sought out and bought several single coated lenses from  
> Voigtlander simply because I like their lower contrast look in B&W.

this same argument applies to some of the greatest and highest  
resolution lenses of the past...for example  the Summicron 50/2  
DR...low contrast combined with very high resolution allows a unique  
smooth look...and you can always increase the contrast if desired...

I am not sure how the coating impacts, or what the coating is for the  

this look and behavior likely accounts for this lens being the desert  
island favorite of so many individuals...


> I can manipulate lower contrast photos to make them higher contrast,  
> but the reverse certainly doesn't work as well for me (FOR ME, guys,  
> so don't write me a rebuttal!).
> Jeffery
> Lluis Ripoll wrote:
>> I would like to introduce, what is for me a different concept,
>> Coating or Multi-Coating?
>> Multi coating is of course technologically improved, IMHO I'm very  
>> happy with a coated lens, just to improve a certain flare without  
>> eliminating the parasite light. It seems that today nobody else  
>> talk about "The Glamour", nobody else talk as Ivor Matanle says on  
>> page 156 pn a portarit of his wife with the 150 mm Triotar "... The  
>> softness of the image in the out-of-focus areas is quite different  
>> in character from that achieved by modern japanese lenses".
>> Everyone one of us has his own preferences and targets, for me  
>> perfection is not directly implied with beauty. For me the  
>> photography is still an art of the imaginary world, where sometimes  
>> we are finishing the edition work in our mind. For me perfection by  
>> himself is nathing more than perfection, for me the value of an  
>> image is much more important.
>> Can every one imagine the Edward Weston, Man Ray, HCB... and many  
>> others improved pictures?, IMHO what we should work to improve is  
>> our creatitivty, with all the respect for all, we are only  
>> following and technically improving the great creative work of the  
>> Masters of the past.
>> Saludos cordiales
>> Lluis
>> El 23/11/2008, a las 15:14, Ric Carter escribi?:
>>> curious--
>>> how much does it cost and who did it?
>>> thanks
>>> ric
>>> On Nov 23, 2008, at 6:46 AM, Marty Deveney wrote:
>>>> 've seen a 50/2 rigid Summicron that was multicoated recently and  
>>>> it is amazing to see the difference it made when compared to its  
>>>> previous scratched state.
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