Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/22

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Subject: [Leica] M's & tripods in France: a data point
From: "Alexey J. Merz" <Alexey.Merz@Dartmouth.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 14:17:35 -0400

There has been some discussion here recently of difficulties 
photographing in France, with and without tripods. Thought I'd share 
some experiences. First, I've had no problems whatsoever, street 
shooting or otherwise -- NONE of the problems reported by others on the 
list. That said, I have avoided trying to take a tripod into interior 
locations. Fact is though, tripods are often not needed if one is 
shooting an M with fast optics.

A case in point: St. Chapelle. The image that is linked to below was 
shot with an M6 HM and 35/1.4 ASPH, wide open at 1/15th on Kodachrome 
64 -- HAND-HELD, using Stephanie's shoulder as a support. The link will 
download an image of about 400 kB:

The top image shows about 90% of the frame. If your monitor is set to 80 
dpi this is roughly a 6X enlargement. The following three images 
correspond to the three grey rectangles in the 6X image. Each of these 
insets in enlarged another 10X, yielding a ~60 X final enlargement.

The jpegs shown don't do full justice to the transparency. I have 20 X 
24 optical enlargements of this image on Fuji Crystal Archive, and these 
enlargements reveal even better microcontrast/fine detail than do the 
scans (Polaroid SS4000).

I conclude that a bit of trial and error (do I even have to say that 
many images taken under comparable conditions have more motion blur?), 
combined with wide, fast modern Leica glass and slow film, can often 
eliminate the need for a tripod.



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