Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/27[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Alan wrote: >I am sure you and Zeiss are right with the shortlist of necessary >behaviours in order to get the best possible image out of Zeica (or >Nicapentolta or Sigma) lenses. i am also sure this list cancels 99 pct of >the usefulness of 35mm compared to larger formats. You are mixing up two totally different lines of discussion. The 35mm format and its uses (the art of the snapshot, the fixing of shadows, capturing the fleeting images of a constantly changing world) is not the topic of the maximum image quality debate. What I am trying to tell is this: the Leica is excellent as a tool for this kind of picture taking (after all they invented it or at least made this approach viable and HCB elevated it to an artform). No discussion here. Trying to evaluate the potential image quality of a lens while practicing this art however is not possible. I am confining myself to evaluating the optical quality as it is. And then you need to go to some length (as evidenced by the Zeiss listing). I would like to make a careful and forceful distinction between the evaluation of the optical qualities of a Leica lens and the methods and knowledge needed to get at these qualities and the appreciation of the Leica camera system as a superb tool for making pictures with emotioal and visual impact. Both approaches are not necessarily opposed but one (picture taking) is not equal to the other (lens evaluations). But knowledge of lens performance adds to the visual impact of picture taking (as exemplified by the Noctilux).