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Mark, I'd like to politely agree with you on this one. Notice that, in my previous post, I mentioned that the comment came from a FRIEND of mine. Yes, he's a big-time magazine photographer, yes he's got literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment and years of experience and, yes, that's his opinion. It is not, however, mine. While I do find SOME lens/film/lighting combos too much for some situations, I generally prefer a strong, contrasty, sharp image. Keep clicking away, I like your stuff. Original Message: - ----------------- From: Mark Rabiner firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 14:48:06 -0700 To: email@example.com Subject: [Leica] Brutal sharpness I disagree with Mr. Day on this one. I've got two or three decades of shooting people for cold hard cash under my big belt and I for one do not go along with this idea of a lens being too sharp to shoot people with. I use the sharpest and best glass i can get my hands on period. Old glass for some effect is not something I've had time to get into yet. That old adage of have the lens be as old as the women you are shooting I find particularly dated. What i do instead of using diffusion over my glass or picking out softer older glass is to use a larger light source and pull back the camera. Don't do tight heads and head and shoulders but waist up shots or wider. The fuzzy wuzzies have gone by the way side as far from what i can see. That's shopping center mall photo studio schlock stuff from what i can tell. Zeiss gives nice smooth results and some say the Schneider on a Rollei is too hard, use the Zeiss instead!. Or the 180 Zeiss is too good use the older 150 on you Hasselblad. Phooey i say to all that i didn't care if I'm agreeing with the A boys. If i was using Rollei and had the cash I'd go with the Schneider. I shoot people with the 90 apo Asph m and delta 100 film in Xtol 1:3. This is probably the sharpest glass in the history of the known 35mm universe. Or the 120 macro on the Hasselblad. Ditto in the brownie universe. These are the sharpest optics i can so far lay my hands on. Someday I'll find sharper. "Blast them!" i say Mark Rabiner Messrs. K. and H. assure the public Their production will be second to none Portland, Oregon USA http://www.rabiner.cncoffice.com/ - -------------------------------------------------------------------- Mail2Web - Check your email from the web at http://www.mail2web.com/ .