Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/12/11

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: The Adox is working!
From: nathan at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue Dec 11 22:49:32 2007
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While I like the first image, I must admit that I do not understand  
the point of purposely using uncoated, low-contrast, flare-prone  
lenses when perfectly good and affordable modern equivalents are  
available. The people who designed the old lenses 50 or 70 or 100  
years ago were not aiming for any "painterly" effects. They attempted  
to design lenses to deliver as much sharpness as they could, given  
the technology at their disposal. While these lenses may have  
historical interest today, I honestly do not see any purpose in  
forsaking the progress that has occurred in optical technology during  
the last several decades.

If you want an unsharp picture, you get always get one with a modern  
lens--just throw the lens off focus, or use a slow shutter speed, or  
do some Photoshop magic. But you cannot get a sharp picture from an  
unsharp lens.


On 9-dec-2007, at 2:26, Philip Forrest wrote:

> I finally exposed a roll of XP2 today with the "new" Adox Adrette.   
> That Xenon
> lens has a nice soft look to it at the wider apertures.  As the  
> camera is
> scale focused, I need to get better at my distance estimation.
> I encountered a light leak but that has since been rectified.  The  
> film is
> still off in vertical register slightly, but that is an issue of  
> take-up
> spool thickness.  The correct spool is on the way as I write.
> Here are a few photos with little to no manipulation in the  
> computer, light
> leak and dust included.  Regardless, I'm really liking the  
> "painterly" effect
> of the uncoated, low contrast, flare-prone Schneider lens.
> More to come.
> PhilFo
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Nathan Wajsman
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