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Subject: Nathan's Canon (WAS: [Leica] PAWS 27 and 28)
From: dorysrus at (Don Dory)
Date: Sun Jul 18 06:18:32 2004

Thank you for the reply.  Obviously every eye is different, but I have
been using a Nikon to Canon adapter in both FD and EOS systems and find
using aperture priority metering just fine until F5.6 or so.  In film,
that makes you think about light and film speed so you are not trying to
see at F16, but with digital, just dial down the film speed to hold the
aperture you want.

If you consider single focal lengths I do not think you have to go to L
glass.  The 35 F2 is very good, the 50 1.4 can be extremely good but
with large sample variation (two of the three I tried were a little weak
YMMV), and the 100 F2 is outstanding.  All of these lenses are in the
$300 or so range.  If there is a good rental house in Amsterdam or
Seville, why not rent one for a week: actually, that is an advantage for
the Japanese marques, rentals are easy.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Nathan Wajsman
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:58 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: Nathan's Canon (WAS: [Leica] PAWS 27 and 28)

Hi Don,

I have so far bought just one lens, the 17-35mm 2.8-4 Sigma EX. With the

35mm equivalence being 27-56mm, this should serve nicely as the 
"walk-around" lens. I have no doubt that over time, I will want to 
aquire some of Canon's L lenses, which, while not in the price class of 
Leica, are pretty expensive but also supposedly very good. In 
particular, I will look at the 1.4/35mm ($1080 at B&H) when and if there

is some windfall from the tax authorities or some such. The choice in 
Canon glass is quite big, of course. Of the Leica lenses, I plan to use 
the 100mm Apo Macro and the 180mm Elmarit with the Canon. I also have 
the 19mm Elmarit but there is little point in using that given my choice

of zoom above. The 60mm Macro may also serve me as a 96mm portrait lens 
until I buy something equivalent in Canon glass. Part of the decision 
about future lens purchases is how much trouble the stop-down metering 
will be with the Leica lenses. Some people say it is no problem, others 
say it is a major PITA, so I will just have to find out for myself.


Don Dory wrote:

> Nathan,
> I am rather curious about which lenses you plan on acquiring for the
> 10d.  A friend of mine has been going through lens roulette trying to
> find the right set.  Standard classic dilemma, fast enough zoom is way
> to large, doesn't want single focal lengths, still wants biting
> sharpness.
> Don
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf
> Of Nathan Wajsman
> Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 3:45 AM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] PAWS 27 and 28
> Roger et al.
> Just to clarify--I am converting to digital only partially. My outfit
> the future will be a Canon DSLR and an M6 with their associated
> the M6 loaded with Tri-X 90% of the time and the DSLR used for color 
> work. I have come to recognize that while I am pretty good at
> processing, scanning and post-processing B&W film, my results from 
> scanned E6 or Kodachrome leave a lot to be desired. The output I saw 
> from the Canon was far superior to anything I have done in color using

> film. And that was using cheapish Sigma lenses; I look forward to 
> putting my 100mm Apo Macro on the 10D when I get it next week and see 
> the results of that!
> For travelling really light I will continue to use the CL.
> Nathan
> V.Roger wrote:
>>To Nathan and Paul-
>>Many thanks for the comments- I consciously choose for
>>post photo blur and for sharpness both in PS. - I am
>>in a way sorry that Nathan is coverting to digital,
>>although I seem to have done it myself- The DSLR I use
>>has been wonderful- I wonder if you might be
>>interested in the annexed site:
>>Leica Users Group.
>>See for more information

Nathan Wajsman
Almere, The Netherlands
Mobile: +31 6 30 868 671
General photography:
Seville photography:

Leica Users Group.
See for more information

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