Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] 50 1.4 Test Results
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 23:38:39 -0600

>All Pop Photo is saying is true.

Nope. They said a Leica R4 and 50 Summicron set was $5,000.00. Right on the
cover. At the time mine cost about $1,500 for both. That was way off. And
probably caused people to avoid even reading about them. Why bother?


Hey, don't shout. I know that, I was reacting to someone else's statement
that they are all the same. 

>appear to be more annoyed at Pop Photo because they told the truth, saying
>that those particular Leica lenses were not very good.  Personally I like
>knowing the truth. 

Well, not being insulting is the way we try to keep it around here, okay? I
could say you're full of crap, but I'm not into those kind of pissing
matches. ;-)

I know more about photography that you seem to think I do. I have used lots
of lenses. I have used lenses Pop Photo has tested. I know how they
perform. I am a journalist. I really care about the truth, for your
information. And from my personal experience, Pop Photo is not a good
source for testing information. I don't know a single professional who
takes them seriously. Or finds their tests that useful. And let's not get
into a pro vs. amateur discussion here. I know there are lots of
professionals who are slobs when it comes to technical matters. I am not
talking about them. But professionals I'm talking about are usually very
technically adept. Who care about quality. Those are who I'm talking about.

But I don't go around telling people they're blind, or don't care about the
truth, but I do. If they find them useful, just because I disagree with the
tests, is not a problem for me or them. 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

The gene pool could use a little chlorine.