Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/04

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Subject: [Leica] Don's PAW More portraits, non Leica content
From: dorysrus at (Don Dory)
Date: Sat Sep 4 06:40:02 2004

I was using the lens on a Contax 167.  It is an early version made in
Germany so not an MM designation.  Sometimes all out speed in a lens
creates interesting artifacts that improve the photo, and sometimes you
just want a stunningly good lens that is virtually aberration free wide

I originally picked up the Contax 167 as a kit with the 50 F1.4 Planer.
I was taking  a look at all the fast 50's in the world.  I found the 85
in a shop in Kansas City (now closed unfortunately).  For immaculate
head shots you will not find a better lens.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Daniel Ridings
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2004 1:22 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Don's PAW More portraits, non Leica content

Window-lighting is perfect.

I like the idea, kids lined up, take a shot to get their immediate
response to the situation. It really seems to work well.

I like the range of reactions, from the serious boy (I have one of those
too), to the bubbling girls.

I was wondering about the lens, 85 Zeiss. Is it one for a Leica or are
using it on something else. Not that it matters, it's just that I have
interest in that focal length and hadn't run across that one before.


On Sat, 4 Sep 2004, Don Dory wrote:

> Every year I shoot head shots of the rising ninth grade class so that
> the headmaster and staff will know by name all of their new students
> the second day of class.  This year I also shot the rising sixth grade
> class for the same reason.
> Lighting is as simple as possible, almost always simple window light
> with no fill.  Turn the subject a little into the light and you have a
> wonderful look.  Take the subjects in less than ten seconds each and
> get the true person.
> All shots wide open with a discontinued Zeiss 85mm at 2.8.
> Comments always welcome.
> Don
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