Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Value of test reports?
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 18:10:14 EDT

In a message dated 8/24/00 5:01:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< How would you make up your mind if you were me, and wanted to spend all 
 time using lenses and not testing them?

As Duke Ellington is quoted, with regard to music, "If it sounds good, it is 
The same applies to the results obtained using a lens under given 
circumstances.  If it works for you, enjoy it.  If not, try something else.  
Every photographer has particular needs at different times, along with 
resources available, in terms of both time and finances.  Every time a new 
film comes along, a new paper, developer or technique, we have new 
opportunities to improve what we do.  Lenses neither exist nor are employed 
in a photographic vacuum.  So feel free to go right ahead and spend all your 
time being a photographer.  There are plenty of others who enjoy the 
particular challenge of exploring the capabilities of lenses through testing. 
 Let them enrich your experience by sharing theirs.  As for us non-testers, 
if the photo looks good, it is good.  

Joe Sobel