Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/06

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Subject: Re: SV: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V3 #27
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 19:37:13 -0500

At 11:17 PM 5/6/98 +0200, you wrote:

>There will still be a need for chemical prints if only for the massive
>amount of information that can be stored/preserved in analogue format, but
>its day is effectively over.

Don't read this month's Shutterbug's medium format report. You will be
offended! :-)

>The future Leica will look like an SLR with a fixed focus f1.0 lens. 
>Focussing will be automatic but by tiny movements of the film/CCD plane and
>not big movements on the lens.  Why? because during one exposure the CCD
>will be able to focus foreground - then download the image, refocus
>midground - download again, then refocus background - then download again
>to produce a composite digital "frame" that can be manipulated in Photoshop
>or whatever.  

That assumes one wants focus to be full depth. I think this is technology
looking for an application.  There is no way film is going to be overtaken
by film in any part of photography besides journalism. Mostly newspaper
photojournalism. Film will exist along side digital for most of our careers
and lives. The ratio will change, but not for a long time to come will film
be obsolete. It's still getting better too.


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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