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: Jim at (Jim Hemenway)
Date: Mon Sep 20 11:05:06 2004
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Peter Klein wrote:

> 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
> Web.
> --Peter
> 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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