Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/04/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: About Skill, Wides and Visoflex (was: 21/24mm)
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 08:21:56 -0500

At 07:33 AM 4/24/99 +0300, you wrote:
> But I believe that M-wides are seeable good, lines even on corner
> straight plus extremely sharpness.

Yes, they are good. But that kind of distortion has nothing to do with the 
definition of super-wide. Superwide means how wide an angle it has. Not 
"lens with lots of distortion." Every wide angle has perspective 
distortion. That is, put someone's head in the corner and it will stretch 
to egg-like proportions or worse. Nothing to do with optical correction. 
If  you were to put your own eye into a similar perspective, you'd see 
egg-shaped heads too. Because the front of the head is closer than the back 
and that distorts your view of it.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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