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Subject: Re: [Leica] Erwin, photographic technique
From: John Collier <>
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2000 14:59:20 -0600

I have always got the impression that Erwin thinks that big tripods and slow
films are the only way to go. As I commonly shoot handheld, sometimes only
one handed, while doing a vigorous Hokey Pokey with my son at his dance
class, I feel that Erwin's advice is completely lost on me. I do, however,
notice differences in lens quality. I too love the 35/1.4 asph and am very
pleased with its performance both optical and mechanical. After repeated
close-up use, it has also left a somewhat permanent dent in my sons head
which has not enamoured my wife to old fashioned metal lens mounts. Oh well,
I figure that if I am happy and Erwin is happy, then all is right with the

John Collier

> From: Robert Appleby <>
> Erwin, I've been looking around your site again - I do this every so often
> as probably everyone on the LUG does. I'm often struck by your references
> to improving or upgrading technique, which you don't enlarge upon. Could
> you explain how one should upgrade one's technique to make the most of the
> higher specifications of new Leica lenses? I ask this on the list because
> I'm sure that the answers would be of interest to all of us.
> I wonder whether as a hand-holding documentary photographer, often forced
> to shoot 1/8 of a second, I can ever really get the most out of, for
> instance, the 35/1.4 asph. Of course, that in itself is a pretty subjective
> thing - I like the lens and it suits my needs as a snapper, and I also
> believe that I can see that it's superior to other lenses of the same
> length/aperture - but I'm curious to know what kind of technique would meet
> your standards, both as a lens tester and photographer.

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