Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/24

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Subject: [Leica] 50mm F1.4 redux, or on the need for speed.
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Thu Jun 24 18:46:06 2004

As I can flashfill to my hearts content, or use a tripod, I rarely consider
lens speed.
But anymore F1.4 is an indispensable aperture. I'll admit to that, as I use
my 50mm 'Lux-R religiously.
S. Dimitrov

> From: "Greg Locke" <>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
> Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 17:33:10 -0230
> To: "'Leica Users Group'" <>
> Subject: RE: [Leica] 50mm F1.4 redux, or on the need for speed.
> Mr. Dimitrov says:
>> chrome 50mm Elmar-M. I guess speed isn't everything.
>> S. Dimitrov
> I say  ...yes it is.  :^)
> Just ask anyone who who shoots in the dark places (both physically and
> socially)
> When I was starting out and using Olympus SLR's (Which were great) I 
> thought
> f4 was great and 2.8 was as good as it got but once you start shooting in
> peoples personal places and sensitive subjects even 2.8 is too slow
> sometimes.
> It not only allows you shoot in the worst lighting conditions but the extra
> stop or two gives you greater depth of field at other apetures and for
> sports the extra shutter speed when needed.
> To add to some rich womans saying (who was that?) you can never be too rich
> or too thin I would offer your lens can never be fast enough and your 
> studio
> can never be too big.
> It's there, use it to the max. With auto-everything levelling the tech
> skills needed to be a half assed photographer its those who can work at the
> edges of skill and technology that show unique professional talent.
> Who needs lenses under f2?
> Cheers all
> Greg Locke
> St. John's, Newfoundland
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