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Following is a bit more information on my Bokeh example http://www.microtec.net/~dcardish/bokeh.htm The camera was a handheld M6, using Fuji Reala film. Exposure was f2.8 at 1/60 second. In both photos, the model's face appears tack sharp, both in the negative and on the prints themselves, as viewed through an 8x loupe. In the DR image, the model is shifted somewhat to her left, and is leaning a bit towards me, relative to the Summilux photo. This *may* explain the softer view of the grass to our right side of the bench in the summilux photo (differing plane of focus). As an aside, a photo was also taken with a Minolta 9xi through a Minolta 50/1.4 AF lens (used in manual focus mode) at the same exposure settings as above. The pose was similar to that of the summilux photo, and the 'bokeh' also looks very similar. Unfortunately, the Minolta picture was taken several minutes before the leica's, and the sun was a bit higher in the West, affecting the overall look of the picture. A Nikon 50/1.4 was also used for this test, but I mis-focused the lens (at least, I hope this was the cause of the fuzzy picture!). The scanning was done on an HP Scanjet IIc, and I used Photoshop to produce the web images. Just for fun I have added a 5th image, a shot of the same model taken a few moments later with my 75 Summilux, same settings as above. Almost a straight scan, with no fiddling in Photoshop apart from some un-sharp masking. I'm not sure if it comes across in the web version, but the print really shows that fabled "glow". Perhaps it is the sharp contrast between the model and the soft background. Dan C. ps. sorry for the download time for these pictures!