Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/18

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Subject: Nathan's Canon (WAS: [Leica] PAWS 27 and 28)
From: n.wajsman at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Sun Jul 18 08:36:51 2004
References: <000101c46cc9$b7238080$6401a8c0@dorysrusp4>

Hi Don,

Thanks for the rental suggestion. I have thought about the 1.4/50 too, 
it would be a nice 1.4/80 portrait lens. Even though they are more 
expensive here than in the US, we are talking relatively modest amounts. 
I will go to a nice pro shop in Amsterdam and borrow one for 30 minutes, 
shoot some pictures and if I like what I see at home that night, come 
back and buy it the next day.


Don Dory wrote:

> Nathan,
> 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.
> Don
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] 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.
> Nathan
> Don Dory wrote:
>>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
>>-----Original Message-----
>>[] 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
> of
>>the future will be a Canon DSLR and an M6 with their associated
> lenses, 
>>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
> shooting, 
>>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.
>>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:

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