Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Noctilux Gloom-Buster VS 75mm f/1.4 ...
From: Mark Cohen <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 19:47:58 -0700 (PDT)

Well Said Carl!

What it really comes down to is the camera isn't what takes beautiful
photographs, its the person behind the camera.

- -Mark Cohen

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On Wed, 7 Jul 1999, csocolow wrote: wrote:
> A really big proportion of people who started in 35mm photography as
> hobbyists in the 60's or early 70's still feel the most comfortable with a
> 50.  For a lot of us it was our only lens for a good while, until we could
> afford another one, which was most likely a 135.  To this day, if I could
> have only one lens, period, I'd have to choose a 50 (or its equivalent in
> another format), for no other reason than I've got more experience making it
> "make do" than any other focal length.
> DT

I've mentioned this story before but when I used to do daily news
photography I worked with guys who had grown up using Speed Graphics.
For them, they had one good chance at making the photo; a second sheet
of film was often a luxury. Of course lens changes were next to
impossible. This brought to them a discipline which they instilled in
me. Namely, that you could do just about anything with a 50mm lens on a
35mm camera. If you wanted a tight shot move in closer; a wide shot,
move back. Any sort of mechanized or automatic film advance was scoffed
at and considered a luxury. Timing, awareness, subject knowledge,
discipline and interaction were the qualities they continually
emphasized. So, too, were lighting and a sense of narrative or story
telling. It was the best education I could ever have for this

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Carl Socolow