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Subject: RE: Re: [Leica] Lenses For Wedding
From: Darrell Jennings <>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 09:20:20 -0700 (PDT)

Is your problem the brightness or the sharpness in the
viewfinder?  If you normally wear glasses you may find
that getting a diopter will help.  

In terms of the Hasselblad, I added a diopter to my
PME3 and it helps.  I also bought a PME90 that has a
built in diopter adjustment (nice, but only goes to
+.5 or +1, and I need +2).  I find that I can not
focus accurately without diopters on all my cameras
including my Leica M's.  

If the issue is brightness, you may want to switch to
Leica M's or go to a Leicaflex SL or SL2 which have
brighter viewfinders than the older R's.  My
understanding is that the R8 has a very bright
viewfinder as well. 

- --- "" <> wrote:
> Hi,
>   I also have a Hassy 500CM with the 80mm which I
> gave up using due to focusing difficulty.  Is there
> any way of improving my ability to focus better. 
> Even with the Minolta bright screen, I have hard
> time focusing accurately.  Maybe, I am not yet used
> to the format.
> Regards,
> David
> Original Message:
> -----------------
> From: Mark Rabiner
> Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 21:51:14 -0700
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Lenses For Wedding
> I tell many of my wedding clients to close their
> eyes and picture their wedding.
> Then i tell them their wedding pictures are not
> going to look anywhere
> near that good.
> For one think I'm not using a fog filter. And I'm
> shooting mainly black
> and white.
> I tell him to look at my shots I'm showing them
> spread out on my kitchen
> table so they can tell when their wedding shots will
> look like.
> But they will look about one tenth as good.
> Because what they are seeing is only a few shots
> from each wedding I've done.
> By they why i sued to use 35mm for canids and the
> Hasselblad for formals
> but i switched to all Hasselblad all sqares about 15
> years ago.
> I find squares very easy to shoot for the candids.
> And i never have to
> turn the camera on the side for a vertical.
> Off topic but i use the 80 and 50 on my Hasselblad
> for a wedding.
> Usually most of the candids are done with the 50
> which as about the same
> horizontal angle of view as a 35 on a Leica. ....
> for the formals the 80
> which is a "normal. lens" Although i find a square
> format with a normal
> lens a horse of a different color. It's "normal" in
> 4 directions not
> just 2 if you catch my drift.
> -
> Mark Rabiner
> Portland, Oregon USA
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