Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/10/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Still confused (was: 35, 90 and now 50mm?)
From: Jesse Hellman <>
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2000 14:15:44 -0500
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Thanks very much to Tim Spragens for posting two of my photographs at
the following link:

The first is, I think, typical of what makes the 50mm so useful on the
Leica (this was taken with the 0.85). The bright line frame makes it
possible to monitor what is just outside, and the fact that all is in
focus helps awareness of the background (the woman at the upper left and
the pattern of the stones). I prefer the 50 for all around use to the
35, maybe because I do a lot of portraits (where the 90 is very useful
for tight framing), but maybe because it fits more closely the way I

When I travel (which has recently been confined to Italy, which for me
feels like being confined to Eden) I usually carry two bodies, the
second almost always with the 21 Elmarit. No lens changing. I had
metered the sunlit columns in the Pantheon when I first walked in,
walked across the room and took this when I saw the man entering the
sunlight. The bright line finder allows extremely precise positioning,
as of the opening of the roof (which supplies all the light), and the
woman on the left looking up. I made a 20 inch print of this.

Both pictures are on Tmax 400.

Jesse Hellman

In reply to: Message from David Prakel <> (Re: [Leica] Still confused (was: 35, 90 and now 50mm?))