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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: 50mm
From: "Julian Thomas" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 14:33:50 +0100
References: <>

Before I started using an M, I don't think I'd have believed I'd be using a
35mm lens for the majority of my stuff - I actually want something wider.
Having used slrs for years I'd never have wanted both a 35mm and a 28mm -
and yet now I do. Someone recently wrote about them using two bodies with a
35mm on one and a 15 on the other. That's exactly what I do  - and it suits
me. But then, I'm not a pro, I only really do SP and if I miss a shot it
doesn't 'really' matter. I've got a 75mm but it stays in the bag mostly. For
me a 50mm is a 'long' lens.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Peterson Arthur G NSSC" <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 1:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: 50mm

> Yes, Dave, I agree, and you've made the point very well.  I have
> occasionally suggestd that if a person can have only one lens, then a 50mm
> lens might be the best choice, but I've never expressed it as well as
> done here.
> As sometimes reported on this list, someone (who was it?) once observed,
> you want to photograph people's clothes, use color film, but if you want
> photograph their souls, use black-and-white."  Perhaps a corollary might
> "If you want to photograph pizzazz, use a wide-angle or telephoto lens,
> if you want to photograph your subject, use a 50mm."  (Just a thought, no
> arguments intended.)
> :-)
> Art Peterson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 7:52 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] Re: 50mm
> Steve,
> >>Yes the 50mm may be a lens you acquire a taste for. I have been using a
> as my primary lens for a couple years and am happy with the results I am
> getting.<<
> I'm not sure it's an acquired taste, or a lesson learned. Like most people
> who began photography in the 60's and 70's, the 50mm was my first lens (a
> Pentax 50/1.4 SM that I still own). After years of trying this focal
> or that, I've learned that there's nothing more versatile than a 50. The
> 50mm offers performance and versatility at a reasonable price; just not
> pizzazz.
> Dave

In reply to: Message from Peterson Arthur G NSSC <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL> (RE: [Leica] Re: 50mm)