Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/04/16

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Subject: [Leica] in search of a portrait f2 90
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Fri Apr 16 16:20:44 2004

Hey, to each his own - It is an excellent lens.

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Adam Bridge
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 6:10 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] in search of a portrait f2 90

On 4/16/04 < (B. D. Colen)> thoughtfully wrote: 

>Yup - If for some bizarre reason you really want to do your portrait 
>shooting with a rangefinder rather than a reflex, go with the 90 
>Summicron - It's plenty sharp and contrasty, but not overwhelmingly 
>either, which makes it an excellent portrait lens. I briefly owned the 
>90 APO, and I sold it and went back to the old war horse - and haven't 
>regreted it for a moment.

Bizarre? Well for me it has become the ONLY camera I use for
portraiture. It's small, doesn't intimidate either the subject or me,
and since everything I shoot qualifies as "environmental" in that I
don't use lights or a studio the excellent wide-open glass works well
for me. And seeing beyond the frame lines helps me remember to change my

Sometimes I lose shoots because I move and forget to focus. I do that
less and less.

Thanks for the datapoint, however bizarre my choices.


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