Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/11/02

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Subject: Re: Re: Re: Minolta 28/2.8 M lens
From: (Fred N. Ward)
Date: 02 Nov 1995 20:04:31 GMT
Organization: digitalNATION

I have now received Hisashi's response to me three times and I do hope that
something can be done to eliminate duplicates on this list. 
Unfortunately, I do not agree with his observations about the Minolta 28mm
lens for the CLE.  I did not and do not find it excessively contrasty. At
least not mine.   
And, I know this will raise a flurry ot comments..... and that's OK.....  but
I think most of the talk about contrasty lenses is just short of hogwash. 
There are "flat" lenses to be sure.... old ones usually.... bad zooms, awful
teles, etc......    but I have never seen a lens from anyone anywhere any
time that even approached the contrast introduced by a contrasty film.  The
lens just cannot do all that much to augment contrast.  But a lousy film,
like the old Kodachrome 64, can exhibit such inherent contrast that it is
almost impossible to ever get a decent picture in bright sun. 
All right...... let the incoming slams begin......          duck, INCOMING!

Fred Ward

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