Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/08/01

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Brutal sharpness
From: "" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 21:37:44 -0400


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:
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From: Mark Rabiner
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 14:48:06 -0700
Subject: [Leica] Brutal sharpness

I disagree with Mr. Day on this one. I've got two or three decades of 
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 
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 
glass is to use a larger light source and pull back the camera. Don't do 
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. 
shopping center mall photo studio schlock stuff from what i can tell. 
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 
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 
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

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