Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/05/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] AF, a FAD?
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 03 May 1999 19:30:00 -0500

At 02:07 PM 5/3/99 -0700, you wrote:
>but as you said in your previous post you are as
>fast as an Autofocus SLR at 6 frames per secon

No I didn't.

>only need a faster lens when you have no technology like Image
>Stabilization.  hence the reason you need an F2.8 and I need an F5.6.

If you believe that, you really don't understand photography. You can't get 
the same picture with 100 ISO film and a 5.6 lens that you can with an ISO 
100 speed film and a 2.8 lens. No matter how stable the lens is, if you are 
shooting baseball, you have to have a 1/500 (or at least 1/360) shutter 
speed, or the subject will be blurred. The plate might be tack sharp, but 
the players will blur.

>I am sure great photos were taken with zone focusing, but Eric I do not
>dwell in the past so I prefer the modern technology

Not with a 400mm lens at a baseball game. Zone focusing is for wide angle 
lenses. Now if you're talking "trap" focus, as Pentax I think calls it, 
that's another matter.

Modern technology will only get one so far. As does more ancient 
technology. It's the photographer that counts.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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