Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/11/18

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Lluis's Minox
From: luisripoll at (Lluis Ripoll)
Date: Tue Nov 18 14:34:02 2008
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Hi Larry,

Be sure I'll not abandon my Leica!

I had no time to play with the Minox, what do you refer is great and I  
want to play with it soon!. But I think that I'll be unable to scan so  
small negatives...

Saludos cordiales

El 18/11/2008, a las 0:54, Lawrence Zeitlin escribi?:

> Lluis,
> A Minox is a delightful pocket pet, but if you like big images,  
> don't abandon your Leica.
> Using ASA25 film a Minox negative can be enlarged about 20x before  
> the detail suffers. The slow film speed is practical because the  
> Minox lens aperture is fixed at f3.5. Using much faster film in  
> daylight leads to over exposure. Of course some users maintain that  
> they can get far greater magnification in enlargements but I find  
> that their assertions must be taken with a grain of salt.
> Using normal film and developing and a Minox enlarger, I found that  
> I could reliably produce decent quality 5 x 7 inch prints. Grain was  
> obvious on 8 x 10 prints. Of course film is better now than it used  
> to be so I suppose the larger size if possible if you use meticulous  
> care. Some Leicaphiles claim that you can produce mural sized prints  
> from a Leica negative too but I've never been able to get a decent  
> print larger than 16 x 20 with my typical newspaper honed darkroom  
> technique.
> 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.
> Larry Z
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In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Re: Lluis's Minox)