Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/02/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Handheld Limit of Noctilux
From: Krzysztof Szecowka <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 09:50:05 +0100

OK, you are wright, I meant "acceptable" and I realize that the only
tack sharp pictures I got were taken with the camera on tripod.


George Huczek wrote:
> I suppose it depends on what you mean by SHARP.  "Acceptable" perhaps,
> but
> not "sharp" is what you could expect with these speeds.  If you really
> think you get SHARP (your emphasis not mine) pictures at 1/30 with a
> 50 1.4
> lens, or 1/60 with an 85 1.4, then perhaps you should try to take a
> second
> shot with the same shutter speed on a tripod-mounted camera.  I would
> bet
> that the difference will be quite noticeable.
>    If you want really sharp images you need higher shutter speeds, or
> a
> rock-solid tripod at these slower speeds.  A Leica M's lack of mirror
> slap
> does provide an advantage for handholding, but not as much as you are
> suggesting here with reflex cameras.  Shooting with an M6 handheld at
> 1/4 s
> and getting sharp pictures? C'mon, gimme a break! Often such claims of
> sharp images handheld at low shutter speeds are not substantiated when
> the
> images are scrutinized with care.
> -GH