Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/20

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Subject: Digital M/Digital Rebel was Re: [Leica] Lost Faith in Leica
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Sep 20 07:00:20 2004

It's said to be selling in Tokyo for $2,500, which is definitely high,
but at least in the ballpark.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Jonathan Borden
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 7:56 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: Digital M/Digital Rebel was Re: [Leica] Lost Faith in Leica

  Peter Klein wrote:

> Jonathan:  What good it is to use a 35/1.4 'Lux Asph on a 6 mp sensor,
> rather than a cheaper lens?  At f/8 or 5.6, probably not much, unless 
> it's what you've got anyway.
> But at f/1.4 or f/2, the real benefit of the 'Lux Asph is not the
> ultra-high resolution prized by the KTF8 group (Kodachrome, Tripod and

> f/8). It's that you get a crisp, contrasy image that looks better than

> pretty much any other f/1.4 lens out there.  Take a wide-open picture 
> with a 35/1.4 Asph and its predecessor, or a 35/1.4 lens by Those 
> Other Manufacturers, and you'll see a difference on a digital sensor.

> Just as the differences are visible on Tri-X or even faster films, and

> on a humble Web JPEG.

Ok, then the Epson R-D1 has a purpose -- I grant that. I just won't be 
rushing out to buy one (assuming it really is $3,500).

I wonder how much of the contrast, both over the entire image and 
local, can be restored in Photoshop with curves and unsharp filtering?


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