Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] was "State of the Art"
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 07:52:35 -0500

At 07:44 AM 5/10/98 +0000, you wrote:

>Looking at images on a computer screen - even a 21" one, is hardly a
>very good test of a lens. And to say they look like medium format based
>on a computer screen - hehehehe. This is about as objective as your F5

You really don't understand, do you?

When I blow it up to the equivalent of a 48 inch print, and see that the
tiny little writing on the poster in the back of the room is still tack
sharp, well, then it's pretty amazing when I've never seen a Nikon lens,
Canon lens, or most Leica lenses that can hold detail at such enlargement.
(Before sharpening, even). I know the differences. You think that somehow
magically a print can hold detail better than an equivalent enlargement on
a computer screen? In a print, it WILL be better. But sharpness is there,
regardless of the medium viewed.

That you are looking for simplistic criticisms is simply amazing. 

I have used the Nikon F5 professionally, have you? Are you a pro? Even a
skilled amateur? Have you had a respected magazine ask you to do a review
on the F5? 

No, then why don't you look for a reasonable argument to put out on the
list instead of sniping because someone says your beloved F5 isn't perfect?


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even
if a stubborn one. - Albert Einstein