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

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Subject: [Leica] in search of a portrait f2 90
From: daniel_ridings at (Daniel Ridings)
Date: Fri Apr 16 23:43:09 2004
References: <b02010201-1033-C2A11B3A8FF211D88714000393D465D8@[]>

I use the 90/2.0 Summicron (rangefinder) for portraits when
the lens comes along as a "me too".

When I travel, I don't like to carry two systems, so it's
the Leicas (usually) or the Nikons (F3's) if I think I'll
need longer focal lengths.

Given the choice, with both of them available, I would
probably go for the 85/2.0 Nikkor. It is a beauty.

I think portraits can be other things than
head-and-shoulders, so the 24, 35 and 50 work pretty well
too. Wish I had a 24 for the Leicas, but the 24 Nikkor works
just fine.

There is a disadvantage to the 90/2.0 old Summicron:

It will flare at you even from the reflection of light on a
newspaper on the table. I took that one just last week at
the breakfast table when an old friend visited.


On Fri, 16 Apr 2004, Adam Bridge wrote:

> 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 position.
> 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.
> Adam
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