Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/30[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
"logan" wrote: >>>What do Tri-elmar user thing of the bokeh of their lens when compared to the prime lenses ? I'm new to this group, so forgive my ignorance of whatever bokeh is - I read loads of photography magazines, books, websites, and this is the first time I've come across the term. I feel as if I've stumbled across a secret society - now I see it refererred to in every second post! (Potentially this is a "yellow VW" scenario). As a happy Tri-Elmar user I'd be happy to answer the question if only you could define that pesky terminology. On the subject of the Tri-Elmar, these multi-body / same film users in the group might consider something like the 28-35-50. Although it's limited speed wise (f.4) for many situations it's great. Then when it gets a bit dark I switch back to my fixed focal length lenses. I'm willing to make a few compromises if it means I don't have to lug around bags of equipment, extra bodies etc. (It also makes me less conspicuous viz. street photography). I also like to have both colour and black and white film; I rarely confuse them becuase I use the Leica equipment for b&w, and Canon stuff for colour. And thinking of focal lengths and cropping - about 95% of the time I print I don't crop at all because it makes life a lot simpler and quicker in the darkroom. But principally it's becuase leaving the black border signals to the viewer the artificial / constructed nature of the photograph itself; it's a slice of life, an impression - it ain't reality. Signalling this by including the unexposed border is a way of pointing to the artifice. And besides that it looks good. (You could argue that maybe then I should also print the sprocket holes, but I've got to draw the line somewhere...) As a newbie I've already read some interesting discussion here. I'm particualarly pleased to have noted two other Lucians here already. Hope I'm able to make some worthwhile contribution to the group (failing that, is banality and unfounded opinion okay? cheers). Lucian G.