Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/04/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] May be blasphemy...
From: thibault collin <>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 14:44:33 +0200

I'm sure that medium format gives sharper images than any leica in the world
but the conditions are different!
As far as I know, it's very difficult to use a MF lens wide open because of
the size of the neg that cannot be really plane. Therefore, the MF lense
have to be stopped down (around f/8 or f/11) to compensate the lack of film
planeity. Thus, there is no way to get the typical leica image, like a 50mm
s'cron wide open with a main subject perfectly sharp and this famous
bokeh...So the purpose of MF cams such as the Fuji 6x9 and the leica M is
totally different. You can get bokeh at f/11 with a MF lens but you need at
least a 150 mm (the hasselblad 150mm f/4 for example).

At 21:23 22/04/1998 -0700, you wrote:
>Several years ago I bought a used Fuji 6x9 with a 90mm lens. Never had I
>owned a sharper camera (nor since for that matter). Being that I do not keep
>equipment for very long, I sold the Fuji to a doctor in N. Carolina.
>Several years later, and several pleas later, the good doctor finally
>relented and returned the camera to me.
>I will never, never sell it again.
>How is it? Awesome. The large negative, light weight, great view finder and
>acutely sharp lens make for a combination hard to beat.
>Concurrently I owned a Fuji 6x9 with 65mm lens but was not happy with the
>results. The lens was not as good as the 90. I have no idea which of the two
>was the exception.
>The 6x9 format is ideal for scenics, panoramas etc.,
>plus I can feel macho holding that hunk of camera next to someone holding a
>M camera, you know, one of those Leica things.
>Joseph Codispoti
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Isaac Crawford <>
>To: <>
>Date: Wednesday, April 22, 1998 8:58 PM
>Subject: [Leica] May be blasphemy...
>The only reason I'm asking this here is that I know that there is an
>awful lot of rangfinder users here...  Has anyone tried the Fuji
>rangfinder cameras?  How do they feel?  How do the negs look?  It
>wouldn't replace the M6 (what could?), but there have been some
>situations where the extra neg size would be nice...TIA!