Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/17

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Subject: [Leica] What Apertures?
From: Jeffrey Hausner <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 09:10:08 -0500

Good question.  I for one seem to shoot at all available apertures.  It
depends on the effect I want and the light available.  I would love to have
a noctilux and have the ability to shoot at f/1.0 when necessary, but I
don't.  However,  I would also like to have 50/0.1 and a 90 that stops down
to f/64.  Generally, I am limited to between 2 or 2.8 and 16, all of which
have their uses on the various lenses I use.  Depth of field can be used a
lot more creatively than merely to decide between "a lot" and "not much."
By the same token, sometimes I want a slow shutter speed to express a moving
object.  These and many other matters run through my mind- usually through
my sub-conscious- as I work.

It all depends on the picture I want to make; as we all know, its a pretty
complex simultaneous equation with numerous variables which we each solve in
our own way.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Lee, Ken []
> Sent:	Thursday, December 17, 1998 8:38 AM
> To:	''
> Subject:	RE: [Leica] Luggers are dangerous
> Peter,
> I think that indirectly, you raise an interesting point. Do the vast
> majority of Leica owners shoot at middle apetures? It seems from this
> group,
> a lot of us shoot wide open.  Since I moved my Nikon and Bronica stuff to
> the back of the cupboard 4 years ago when I got my M3 I seem to wish for
> faster film and faster lenses. I live in the Toronto area and for the
> winter
> months, it is dark outside when I leave for work and dark when I get home.
> If I do any outdoor shooting, I need speed. Inside my house with the
> normal
> household lights on, the brightest it gets is 1/30 at f2 with ISO 400, a
> lot
> of the time it is 1/8 at f2.  The fastest lens I currently own is my 75mm
> Summilux. I lust after f1 50mm and f1.4 35mm but I have a bunch of 4X5, MF
> and maybe Nikon stuff to sell before I have the cash. 
> My two cents..
> Ken
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:	Kotsinadelis, Peter (Peter) []
> > Sent:	Wednesday, December 16, 1998 6:40 PM
> > To:	''
> > Subject:	RE: [Leica] Luggers are dangerous
> > 
> > Mr. Colen:
> > 
> > No one is insinuating that you are putting down anything.  This is just
> > opinion.  For those few who really plan to shoot at F1 fine!!! For the
> > vast
> > majority who do not, and shoot at the middle apertures, why not go with
> a
> > Summilux or Summicron and lighten your load, save some money, and
> improve
> > images all at the same time with an alternate Leica lens.  That's all I
> am
> > saying! Nothing more.  I am looking at it from a practical standpoint.
> > 
> > Peter K.
> > 
> > >