Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/02/11

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Foveon Chip
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 11:34:14 -0500

Actually, I do use the Sigma 20 1.8 for film and it is surprisingly good -
no, it's not an M 21 ASPH - but what is? - and it is 1.5 stops faster.
(Built like an oatmeal box, though.;-))

Obviously, I'd like to see prints produce using this chip. And, obviously,
the jury hasn't even been seated in the box yet, let alone gone out to
deliberate. But at first blush, it's pretty impressive.

B. D.

Oh - and I know that you're open minded about digital. ;-)

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Austin
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 11:12 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Foveon Chip

> Stunning barely begins to describe it. Granted, we are looking at these
> images on our monitors,

Er, yep.  You're looking at 72-100 PPI images...that certainly don't look to
be 1:1.  At that kind of resolution, most anything will look like it has
"fine detail".

> Obviously there are those on this list who will pooh-pooh
> anything digital,

No, can be good, very good...for certain uses.

> BUT...for the
> rest of us in the real world this does indeed give one pause in terms of
> making any further investment in film-based equipment at this time.

Yeah, well...Sigma...  If the quality of Sigma lenses was good enough for
digital, why don't you also use them for film?


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