Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] leica nikon or canon for macro work (was quality control)
From: "Ken Iisaka" <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 22:38:25 -0700
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I don't know why you wouldn't recommend an R8, or a Leica for close-ups.
Macro-Elmarit 60mm is a brilliant lens, and what I hear of APO Macro-Elmarit
100mm is nothing short of brilliant.  I've used a Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8S,
but I ended up selling it (last week on eBay) because I was never satisfied
of the colour rendition.

Indeed, autofocus is unnecessary, or even disadvantageous for close-up
photography.  It is important to have a brilliant focussing screen for
accurate focussing, and Leicaflex SL, SL2, and R8 are among the best.  Nikon
F3 has just a brilliant viewfinder, but you cannot use Leica glass with it
(not without a lot of pain)

> I have done a lot of macro on flowers and can
> recommend the Nikon with ring flash.
> If you don't want or use flash try to get the 200mm
> micro nikkor the extra distance from the subject
> allows much more light and enables much better frame
> filling and better DOF.
> I found manual focus is much better for macro work as
> you can choose the critical point of focus which is
> not always in the centre of the frame.
> --- Kyle Cassidy <> wrote: > >(snip)
> . . . I have things narrowed down to an R8,
> > an F3 which comes
> > >with some great glassware, or a new EOS body with a
> > 28 to 70 f2.8  L
> > >lens. I need an SLR because I do a lot of close ups
> > of flowers. (I've
> > >heard, by the way, that the Leica 60mm macro is a
> > hell of a lens.)

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