Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/04/05

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Subject: [Leica] 35f1.4Asph, Nik28f1.4, 35f1.4non-Asph
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Apr 5 06:34:00 2004

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Thomas Pastorello
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2004 4:02 PM
Subject: [Leica] 35f1.4Asph, Nik28f1.4, 35f1.4non-Asph 

   If I may, I'll respond to two email issues at the
same time.
   Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH vs. Nikkor 28mm f1.4:
I agree to a large degree with Mark's comparison, but
there is one area of use in which the Nikkor 28 is
superior and unsurpassed -- close-up work, esp. table
top or museum display.  Wide-open and close up, the 35
1.4 ASPH has such poor bokeh that the out of focus
image area actually shatters!  Its harshness ruins
this type of photography for me.  The Nikkor 28
renders wide-open close-up images beautifully.  (I
also don't see the 28 as so big and noisy.  The Nikkor
14 f2.8 or 17-35 f2.8 -- now those are big and noisy.)
   Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH vs. non-ASPH:
Ditto!  The non-ASPH offers beautiful wide-open
close-up images.  The only limitation I see of this
all-time best Leica classic is that it does not get as
close as the ASPH and certainly not as close as the
Nikkor 28.

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In reply to: Message from etruscello at (Thomas Pastorello) ([Leica] 35f1.4Asph, Nik28f1.4, 35f1.4non-Asph)