Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/11/22

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To: leica-users <>
Subject: Re: too many words, not enough pictures
From: Jack Hamilton <>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 95 18:34 EST

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Alan, and all the other Leica e-mail readers---

As Leica will be the first to admit, NO LENS or CAMERA is anywhere near
perfect.  In the article entitled the "Leica Mystique"( many of you have seen
it, and have mentioned it in your posts here)  many of the technical
shortcomings of Leica cameras and lenses are discussed...and then situations
are detailed where these "shortcomings" were actually used to enhance a
photographic image.
One example comes to mind: the case of an older f1.5 Noctilux. When used wide
open, the lens exhibited blur, flare (coma)...there are some examples, in the
article, of where this shortcoming was used by the photographer to actually
enhance a photo, by deliberately introducing a "dream-like quality" to the
resulting image.

It appears to me that the value of "many words" mentioned in the subject
heading of this to act as a catalyst and get the creative
process going.

Sometimes the most "creative" photographer is the one with the "longest
memory!"...and often words are needed to get the creative juices flowing.

So...what are too many words??? Isn't it all "relative?"

Jack Hamilton
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
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> Date: Wednesday, 22-Nov-95 04:32 PM
> From: Alan Barta               \ Internet:    (
> From: Alan Barta               \ Internet:    (
> To:   Jack Hamilton            \ MCI Mail:    (JHAMILTON / MCI ID: 202-2804)
> Subject: Re: too many words, not enough pictures
> > It is my humble opinion that all the Leica lenses (and lenses from 
> > other top producers) are superior to any film available and far, 
> > far superior to the average user of the products.  Therefore, except 
> > for the exercise of talking about photography and equipment instead 
> > of making pictures, there is not much to learn from such discussions. 
> While I agree with your general view, I do believe that there are differences
>  (often suble) in both handling and optical design that may suit some
>  tastes more than others.  For instance, some lenses are warmer than others, 
> some like that and some don't.  Similar things can be said about contrast and
>  sharpness.  
> Alan Barta

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