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Subject: [Leica] WAS: NOCTILUX-M f/1/50 mmNOW. FOCUS WIDES ON R!
From: Ted Grant <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 13:02:08 -0800
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Jeff Moore wrote:
>>So I casually took an R8 and the 19 to a moodily-lit indoor event I
would've ordinarily taken an M to... had absolutely no clue where I was
focusing.  Damn.<<<<<<

Hi Jeff,
Here's a quick fix on the wide angles on an R camera and focusing in low
light. The big mistake under these kind of low light level situations is
starting to focus from the normal lens position at rest, "Infinity and
focusing to the closer point."

Now the fix is so simple you'll be amazed how well it works, it does take a
few tries but eventually it's as simple and precise as using an M.

Look through the camera and see what and where you're going to
shoot.......... DO NOT TOUCH THE FOCUS RING~!"   Now take the camera away
from your eye and turn the lens focus ring to it's closest focus point stop.

Return camera to eye......... completely blurred right out and you think,
"What the hell is he talking about?"

Now the focus magic begins as you start to focus from so far out of focus
you almost can't tell what the hell you're looking at, to in focus and your
eye will react much better from total blur to in focus much easier, than
going from a basic infocus infinity position. Where in low light you'll
start to focus and turn the ring back and forth until you go almost blind
trying to get it right on the mark.

Using the completely out of focus method for the start point, generally
after a few tries, the exact point will or should pop you right between the

Now if you don't hit it right on the mark the first time, don't screw the
lens back and forth searching for the exact point of focus, turn the lens
once again to complete out of focus and start over. Trust me it works like a
dream and I've been doing it for years on R cameras with wide angle lenses.

Ted Grant Photography Limited

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