Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/06/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Film flatness and sharpness...
From: Rich Lahrson <>
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 22:37:03 -0700
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Henning J. Wulff wrote:
> >Also, have you ever REALLY compared a MF enlargement to a 35mm enlargement,
> >of the same film for 'sharpness'? 

Hi Henning and everyone,

     The larger negative of 120 film has a hidden advantage beyond 
sharpness.  Sometimes I find that the picture requires severe cropping.
Indeed, there maybe more than one picture in a 120 negative!!  Because of
the larger size, cropping is a real world situation.  With 35mm, cropping
in one direction is possible, seldom in two, as than the image is really
small and the limits of enlargement are reached sooner.

     However, I feel that my best shots are the ones that need no, or
minimal cropping, the ones that seem to 'pop' out of the viewfinder
at the instant of exposure.  It's a definite feeling, like 'that's
a keeper', maybe only one out of 36.  When I develop the film, there
it is.  I don't make contact sheets, I know the shots that I want to
print.  Every photographer seems to develop (!) their own way of 
working, and my approach is not unique.


						Rich Lahrson

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