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: pklein at (Peter Klein)
Date: Mon Sep 20 10:53:50 2004
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Jim:  I have no examples.  It just follows logically.  On humble Web
Jpegs, I can see drastic differences, wide-open or nearly so, between the
35 'Lux asph and its predecessor, or even the pre-asph 35/2 Summicron
wide-open.  Even the humble 3 megapixel 1/1.8 sensor on my Nikon Coolpix
990 can resolve greater detail than can be shown on a Web jpeg, so I'm
certain a 6mp DSLR can show it, too.  Ergo. . .

Also note that Nathan (and others) have noted that they can see the
difference on Canon DSLR shots between their Leica R lenses and the Canon
or Sigma lenses.

Also remember that raw resolution numbers don't say it all.  Edge
contrast, color rendition, and flare are all visible at the level of a 6
mp DSLR sensor.

We are not talking here about rarified levels of extremely fine detail
that exist only at f/8 in Dutch forests when photographing gorgeous Dutch
models on Delta 100 or Provia.  We are talking about lenses whose
wide-open differences are clearly visible even in 4x6 prints and on the


Peter wrote:
 > 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. <

Jim wrote:
Which digital camera did you use to make this comparison? Any samples
from that occasion which you can show us?

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