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

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: The Adox is working!
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Wed Dec 12 13:58:31 2007
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Good for you. I like the old stuff too. I'd love to have an Adox.  
It's a challenge, realized. It doesn't have to be perfect, or even  
good. The fact that it works at all is the accomplishment. I often  
will take the same photo with three different cameras and lenses just  
to see how they compare. It's not always the newest or the sharpest  
or the most expensive that pleases me the most. Yesterday, or maybe  
the day before, I took a portrait of the large Umbrella Boy Hummel  
figure. I used the Summarit 1.5, the Noctilux and the Summilux Asph,  
all wide open.  By far the most pleasing was with the Summarit. It  
was soft and dreamy and just beautiful. It's what I wanted to see. It  
had character.

Keep it up, Phil. I love it.

On Dec 12, 2007, at 1:49 PM, Philip Forrest wrote:

> I have some fantastically sharp Leica lenses (Summicron DR amongst  
> them) as
> well as a low contrast Nikkor 105 f/2.5 for portraits and a few  
> very high
> contrast Japanese optics.  I actually like working in lower  
> contrast & adding
> the contrast in prints.  I can add density to a low contrast print  
> but not as
> easily take it away from a high contrast negative.  As I'm sure most
> photographers here use a lens for a certain purpose each of my  
> lenses has a
> unique purpose and I use them to display these properties.  The  
> Xenon happens
> to be a wonderful lens wide open for portraits and stopped down its  
> great for
> general photography.  It's a TINY camera that is ultimately  
> pocketable as
> well and this is what I've been looking for.  The same result can't be
> duplicated by just throwing a modern lens out of focus.  I used to  
> love tack
> sharp, but I'm not taking photos for scientific purposes.  I'm just  
> capturing
> a fraction of a second in time as art.  That's all we do is make  
> art.  I
> don't sit over images of a brick wall with a loupe & try to buy my  
> way into
> the next sharpest lens.  I like capturing life in photos & if I've  
> got a
> working camera from WWII with a lens that works very well is there  
> any harm
> in that?
> Add to this that I'm a poor college student and I think my broken  
> $9 Adox
> which I repaired and cleaned up is a nice accomplishment.  For me  
> at least.
> PhilFo

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