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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: quality of Leica images
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 19:32:06 -0500

At 12:00 PM 7/31/98 -0500, you wrote:

>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 

Canon long glass is superb. And the 280 2.8 is a stunningly good lens too.
I owned one and regret to this day selling it to pay the rent my last
semester in grad school.

So....drum roll....there's a new lens on my list of all time greats.

I got my 70-180 2.8 today. Took it for a spin. With 100 ISO neg film.
(Gotta work, no time for play today). I must say so far two things. I
photographed a '57 Chevy, and boy, howdy, this lens is sharp! It's
gorgeous! It's heavy! :-)

In fact, the weight is a good thing. I hand-held a portrait wide open at
1/45 of a second, and though most pictures weren't terribly sharp, I would
not have expected such a good hit rate with my 180 Elmarit! The mass of
this lens helps dampen the movement. Good thing to know. Certainly not
going to give me pictures that this lens can potentially produce, but then
often I'm facing compromises because of conditions. Good thing to know I
can do this.

And good to know just how wonderful this lens is! I'm looking forward to
pumping some chrome through it this weekend.

Again, THANKS TED!!!

And sorry Tina, I'm keeping it. :-)
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot