Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/02/19

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: Re: [Leica] OT MF RF
From: "Ken Iisaka" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 18:16:36 -0800
References: <>

I owned a Mamiya 6 system with 75mm and 50mm lenses.  I wanted to like them,
but I found that I was not getting better photographs from them than my
Leica.  The Mamiya lenses are good, sharp, but are much, much more prone to
flare than modern Leica glass.  In addition to that, having to use faster
film (ISO400 vs ISO100) for equivalent handholdability negated much of the
gain from the increased negative area.  Also, the parallax correction of the
viewfinder is no where near as accurate as my Leica, and I often end up
leaving so much space around the subject, that I might as well have shot
with my Leica.

On a tripod, on the other hand, Mamiya 6 produced great negatives.  I have
landscape photographs with Technical Pan, which are essentially grainless at
16x20, with tons and tons of details.  However, I found that if I wanted
light weight, I do very well with my Leica, and if I want big negs, I would
use my Toyo 4x5.  For a camera mounted on a tripod, I might as well have an
SLR, and I now lust after Rollei SL66.

The prices in the U.S. and Europe are greatly over-inflated compared to the
prices in Japan, as Bill Lawlor pointed out.  I made a very handsome profit
when I sold my Mamiya 6 kit on eBay.

In reply to: Message from Pete Su <> (Re: [Leica] OT MF RF)