Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] sharpness & optical quality
From: "rlb" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 18:50:40 -0700

Larry.....I agree with your every word.

Recently I attended a presentation by a very well known photographer from
Savannah, Jack Leigh.  As he presented his work my mouth hung to my knees it
awe.  As far as I was concerned he had made every shot with a 4x5 and
lengthy exposure.  I asked the question of him, "Jack, you don't have enough
light in these settings to take a picture."   He said I have been using
Tri-X at ISO 200 in D76 - 1:1 for years.  I don't really pay that much
attention to exposure.  I pray a lot that there is enough light and so far I
have been lucky.  He used a 20 year old Bronica with a 50mm lens most of the
time.  Many of his shots were taken from a "paddle boat"  and we know how
shaky that can be.  There were shots of fisherman in the bayous taken with
only the light of the moon and a flashlight.  On a good day he was lucky to
produce four acceptable prints from his darkroom.

So Larry, in support of what you have said it certainly was not the
equipment that allows Jack Leigh to get from $1000 to $4000 for a 16x20.
This sure motivated me.

Bob Bedwell

I place the value of
> aestheic response over scientific theory. In evaluation of
> photography and art, that is a valid approach.
> Larry