Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] potential image quality
From: Simon Ogilvie <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 22:03:59 +0100

Eric Welch wrote:
> Yes, that is exactly what happened, that is exactly what the differences
> between the pictures were, and that is exactly what the Canon owner said.
> You weren't there.

Eric, were you using M equipment?

I use Canon L-series lenses as well as Leica, and one of the
major differences between the systems for me is my ability to
get sharp shots with the Leica handheld at slow speeds where
I wouldn't even bother trying on the Canon.  The Leica with a
35 Summilux (2 stops faster than the Canon 20-35) would be
handholdable in my experience to give acceptable results as
slow a 1/8s or even 1/4s.  To get the same light level on the
Canon would require 1/2s or 1s at f2.8.

Now that I've bought some of Tom's soft releases, I expect
to be able to be even more consistent at those slow speeds!

To suggest that the optical quality of the two lens systems alone 
was sufficient to cause the difference in results is in my experience