Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/01/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Down goes the Gauntlet!
From: G Ivanyo <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 17:12:52 -0500

Hi Mike,

I would be honored to participate in your CHALLENGE.
All good wishes,


Mike Johnston wrote:
> ***Whappp!!***
> Now you've done it! There went the gauntlet! <g>
> A CHALLENGE: I will make ten prints that I believe to exhibit optical
> excellence. All good negatives, all sharp, all big enlargements, all
> showing fine technique, no attempts to fudge the test or fool you--no
> cheap tricks. All films and developers identified, all made with the
> same paper, paper developer, enlarger, and enlarging lens. Camera lens
> apertures used will be identified. Tripod vs. handheld shots will be
> identified. All ten shots made with various unidentified lenses. Three
> or four of the ten will be shots made with Leica lenses. Do you think
> you can recognize which three are Leica pictures? Will you try to tell
> me that you can distinguish the Leica pictures from the Pentax, Zeiss,
> Olympus, Nikon, and Canon pictures from looking at the prints?
> I'll bet not one person here can pick which shots were taken with Leica
> lenses. If I had any money, I'd bet money on it. ;-)
> Anybody want to try? I'm serious--I'll make the prints. I can't do it
> this month, but I'll do it. I'll make three sets of prints and we'll
> send each set to, say, three volunteers. Each can try to identify the
> Leica prints. I'll post the data and let smarter brains on the LUG
> crunch the statistical implications.
> Anybody game to try to prove me wrong? Any volunteers?
> --Mike