Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/11/17

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Subject: [Leica] Minox photos
From: pswango at (Phil Swango)
Date: Mon Nov 17 20:32:22 2008

Larry Zeitlin wrote:Minox used to claim that critical sharpness could be
obtained in a
Minox print of ANY size provided it was viewed from the appropriate
distance. At photo shows Minox often displayed 3 x 4 foot prints
enlarged from the tiny negative. The catch was that the prints had to
be viewed from behind a velvet rope placed 6 feet from the wall.

Made me smile.  Many years ago when I was a dental student, one of my
professors used this scheme in his practice.  He lamented the fact that when
he delivered a new set of dentures for a patient they wanted to scrutinize
them in a hand mirror (naturally) and would sometimes see a tiny flaw that
they didn't like.  His solution was to have a separate room for presenting
the new teeth.  There was no hand mirror, but instead he had the patient
seated at a dresser, about 30" from a wall mirror, lit by warm, soft,
flattering light.  Doubling the distance from the mirror, the patient saw
him/herself from a distance of ~ 5 ft., so that the first impression was at
a normal viewing distance for conversation.  Voila!  Perfection almost every

Phil Swango
307 Aliso Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108