Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/25[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
At 09:54 AM 8/25/98 -0300, you wrote: > I basicaly (and exclusively) take pictures of people so a 28mm would >distord (right word for distortion?) things. I am a SLR user and my only It depends on how close you want to get. My homeless guy was shot with a 90 Summicron. Very nice lens. As for SLR vs. Rangefinder, I think there are a lot of tradeoffs (see earlier note to group). In environmental portraits, I'd not hesitate to use a 28. Heck, I use a 19 and get awesome stuff. Just keep their heads away from the edge and corners especially! :-) If you do lots of portraiture, I think an SLR is a better choice. Why? Because you see the exact relationships between near and far things. You see what kinds of things are sticking out from what appears their ear. You see a white spot that sort of seems to come out of their jaw. Whatever. With a rangefinder, the guessing in this is a lot more difficult. With an SLR you see exact near/far relationships. This is for carefully composed portraits. For snapshot quality portraits, and fast moving subjects, often the rangefinder is the better choice. I could never live without an SLR, but I can live without a rangefinder. But that's me. Have fun making your choice! (Like I said, you can't really go wrong). >experience with a rangefinder camera was my very first Kodak Instamatic >155-X that I won when I was 11 year old (now I'm 38), but I guess it is >only a matter of getting used to the format. Regarding the weight I would >have to carry, this is not too much if you compare to the Pentax 67 that I >use on location one in a while. I guess that would be helpful if I can have >a Leica in my hands to "feel" both models so I guess that I need to meet >some Leica users here in Sao Paulo. But your advices "close my range" of >options. Today I am using Canon with type L lenses and I have 28, 28, 100, >a 35-70 and a 80-200, but I really use the 37-70 for documentary and the >100 for portraiture. But I don't like zoom lenses. >> > >Then you wrote: >> Either way, you can't lose. Superb cameras and lenses all. I made the >truly >> obsessive choice, I went with both! :-) > > Hehe! Buying both would be my option too, but I am not a tycoon :))) > BTW, I am visiting your page and I loved your picture of that homeless >man. It is the kind of light that I love. Congratulations. > > > >My best > >Becker >firstname.lastname@example.org > > >> -- >> >> Eric Welch >> St. Joseph, MO >> http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ewelch >> >> Your e-mail has been returned due to insufficient voltage > - -- Eric Welch St. Joseph, MO http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ewelch Honk if you love peace and quiet.