Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/31

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: quality of Leica images
From: Harrison McClary <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:00:27 -0500


When I was working for UPI in Atlanta the Southeast region editor said he 
did not even have to check the bags to see which film was mine.  This was 
during the World Series and we had 5 or 6 shooters on the filed all 
shipping film to him to be edited and moved.  It was so much better he 
could tell immediately who's was who's.  I was not shooting Leica, but 
Canon.  I was using a Canon 400 2.8, a lens I still have.  Not including 
the Leica 280 2.8 (a lens with out equal IMHO), the Canon is with out a 
doubt the best long lens I have ever used.  I used to use the Nikon 400 
3.5 a lot as we had a pool one and even with the converter on it the 
Canon was sharper.

Donal Philby wrote

>He used Leica R and was in charge of several other staffers from
>the paper who used Canon.  He edited all the film and said he could see
>the differences in the negs and found the same differences I did--Leicas
>don't much flare, even with all the pinpoint lightsources staring down
>into the lens. His major complaint with Leica was that it had stranded
>17 years worth of Nikons that he could not bear to part with, but could
>no longer bear to use.

Harrison McClary