Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: 6x9/6x7/6x4.5 rangefinders
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 11:21:42 -0700
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"Rodgers, David" wrote:
> Mark
> I'm really struggling with which format to shoot these days.
> I just picked up my 35mm photos of the pit; that huge construction project
> in Portland's Pearl district. One whole city block dug down 80 ft or so. Six
> big caterpillar shovels digging out the final yards of dirt. I shot 3 rolls
> of K64 and a roll of Provia 100F, using my M6. At least half the shots were
> taken from the top of the building next door. I had the M mounted on a
> Gitzo. I used my 21/2.8 ASPH, 35/1.4 ASPH and 90/2.8.
> The trannies are plenty sharp for 35mm. But they just don't do the scene
> justice. Shot the same thing with my Rollei TLR. Even though I was shooting
> Provia 400F in 120, instead of Provia 100F in 35, there's significantly more
> detail. Plus, not really thinking I hand held the Rollei.
> There are many times when 35mm just doesn't cut it. I'm going to break out
> my Toyo 45A and redo the shoot tomorrow morning. One thing 35mm did do for
> me was give me a much better idea of where to shoot with 4x5. No way could
> have taken 100 4x5 images, or shot from so many angles.
> This really caused me to think. I go to great lengths to sqeeze all I can
> out of 35, and a larger format just blows it out of the water. It's not even
> a contest. Convenience of 35, vs image quality from larger formats. It's an
> ongoing dilemna.
> Dave

I don't agree.
check this out.

Mark Rabiner

Portland, Oregon

In reply to: Message from "Rodgers, David" <> (RE: [Leica] RE: 6x9/6x7/6x4.5 rangefinders)