Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/27

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Subject: Re: Getting serious
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 11:11:33 -0500


Absolutely. There's just no substitute for square inches. I spent most of
the summer shooting landscapes with a Mamiya 6. I only used the M4p around
my neck when I was set up and needed to make a quick shot. I wouldn't have
gotten some of those shots without the Leica, but I made many 120
transparencies that you can walk right into.


MAt 07:29 PM 10/27/97 -0700, you wrote:
>On 27 Oct 97,  ted grant wrote:
>> I some times wonder what is taught in the "designer schools" when art
>> directors graduate with the idea that , "big is better."
>> The bottom line still comes down to the photographer and the quality
>> of his or her work and handling of the equipment.
>Geez, I hate like hell to do this cause it'll likely start a format 
>flame war, but I just can't resist stating the obvious.
>If the shoot doesn't favor one format vs. another, such as street 
>action, expansive scenics where set up time is assumed and the wait for 
>the right light is inevitable, etc. the simple fact is that bigger *is* 
>Take the photographer, as a variable, out of the equation. Put the same 
>photographer behind the formats for the shoot, assume equal skill of 
>that photographer with the various formats, the best optics available 
>for the various formats, equal films etc., and, the results will favor 
>the larger formats every time!
>Oh my God, I invoked an absolute. Shields up...Go for it!
>Roger Beamon  
>       Naturalist & Photographer
>       Leica Historical Society Of America
>          Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only
>   truth, but supreme beauty--a beauty cold and austere,
>   like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of
>   our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of
>   painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of
>   a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
>           -- Bertrand Russell