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Subject: Re: [Leica] Focusing a 75 1.4 -- mitch's question
From: "Nelson Chan" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 22:25:47 +0800
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I would say 15% are throw outs.  My subject is my 6 week old baby.  She is
laying down on an upright cradle and I am shooting at one side.  Since my
baby is small, I have to really shoot near the subject to more or less, fill
the frame.  Most of the photos have one eye in focus only. Will shoot a
couple of rolls with the lens.  Any suggestion for photographing babies
using the 75mm? or should I just use the nikon 85/1.4?  OPPSSS.  Sorry.:)


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From: "Ted Grant" <>
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Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2003 9:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Focusing a 75 1.4 -- mitch's question

> Nelson Chan aked:
> Focusing a 75 1.4 .
> > I shot one roll of film using my newly purchased 75/1.4.  50% are out of
> > focus.  The subject was my 6 week old baby.  Distance is around .8
> > aperture at wide open and focused on the nearest eye.  sometimes the eye
> is
> > out of focus but the chin is right on.  I don't know.  I might have made
> > mistake buying this lens.  Is it me or the lens?<<<<<<
> Hi Nelson,
> No it's not a mistake of purchase and no it's not your fault. It's the
> and ones ability to focus it at f 1.4. If you like the look of the frames
> focus keep it.
> But you must learn how to "use it!" That's the hard part.
> Because that entails lots of practice, first with an empty camera focusing
> many many times at all kinds of distance. Then buy some cheap film and
> a bunch of rolls shooting everything at f 1.4. Eventually you'll acquire
> feel of being on the mark. However, even then this is a very unforgiving
> lens wide open, so don't be surprised if you continue finding out of focus
> frames..
> If you find your throw outs are too high, sell the lens and buy something
> easier to handle.
> ted
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