Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/06/05

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Subject: [Leica] Re: 90mm's
From: msmall at (Marc James Small)
Date: Mon Jun 5 19:14:21 2006
References: <04a301c68901$4d7a6f80$0a01a8c0@MacPhisto>

At 08:57 PM 6/5/06 -0500, you wrote:
>Capa never said "If your pictures aren't good enough, you need a 90."
>Jeffery Smith
>New Orleans, LA


We have never met in person but, trust me, I love you like a brother and I
look forward to the time when we meet in person.

A 90mm lens is a wide-standard.  A 40cm lens is a normal lens.  Stay away
from the folks and let them live their lives.

The next time some jerk photojournalist shoulders his way into my face to
take his pictures, he really will get an elbow in his jaws.  You wide-angle
folks do not understand how threatening you seem to those of us who are
your targets.

Capa's comment was cool for the time but was also full of BS -- President
Truman, for instance, directed that no one at a Presidential Press
Conference use a lens less that 50mm.  

Me?  Now that I am retired, I do not expect to EVER appear again at a
public function.  But I have done so on frequent occasion over the past
quarter of a century, and I have always told the Photo-Toads that I wanted
a 12 foot (3m) circle of safety and that I'd clobber them if they came
closer than that.  They knew that I meant what I said, and I generally had
some hefty friends along to emphasize the point.

You wide-angle guys are simply sick.  Get back to a decent distance, let
the subject be okay, and shoot the picture with a 40cm Telyt.

What YOU guys wish to do is to jam the camera into the jaws of the victim
and get a horrified response.  Jam a camera in my face, and you will get a
horrified response, which will include the destruction of your camera.

Wide Angle Dudes.  Stay away.  Learn long lenses.  Understand that Duncan
and Capa were speaking for what scientists call "special circumstances".  

I detest wide-angle lenses as they defy the very reason for photograhy  --
documentig reality.  Still, that 4.5/21 CZ Biogon did a hell of a hit at
the Bridge at Mull in Ireland back in 2001.

Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!

Replies: Reply from bd at (B. D. Colen) ([Leica] Re: 90mm's)
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