Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/04

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From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:27:50 -0400

> Mark-
> The lens I use the most is the Nikkor 24-70/2.8 ED- very useful.  I have 
> the
> 14-24/2.8 ED which is a really nice wide-angle but it doesn't get the use I
> thought it would when I bought it.  I have the 70-200/2.8 ED which I bought
> for photographing the Afghan sport of buzkashi.  The season, such as it is,
> starts soon so that lens has not been used much.  I suppose my favorite 
> lens
> is the 85/1.4- it makes beautiful images when shot wide open.
> Wendy

I'm doing ok this month the the 85 1.8 at half the weight  and cost and size
and the f stop difference between 1.8 and 1.4 is what I left my slide rule
back at the installation. An eight of a stop or a quarter?
Yuban coffee cans are most those zoom 2.8's by Nikon or Canon
Leica SLR zooms are to my liking far more conservative in their f stops and
the kind of filter that you'd need to put on it is usually less than 82 or
77. Not dinner plate sized by desert.
an M lens is a thimble by comparison.
But doesn't zoom.

If I were you at this point  and you were asking me my advice I'd say before
you got into Leica I'd try out an 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED not the fast
monster but the slow one. Not the 17-35 2.8. I like the slow Compact ones.
If I want speed I got to a fixed lens.
People complain about the size of their SLR system so they want to go to
Leica M but they're often not going with the smallest options of glass
either. To be fair to Canon and Nikon they do make non monster fixed focal
length glass.

I checked out your pix on the internet WOW very impressive.

Mark Rabiner

> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:07 AM, Mark Rabiner <mark at> 
> wrote:
>> If I had one Leica lens I'd have it be a 35mm. I'd like the 1.4 aspheric
>> slightly more than the f2 aspheric. But not much.
>> A 50 is really not a normal lens in 35mm photography. Its like walking
>> around with a short tele. Very formalistic. HCB. Who needs it?
>> I too will be progressing from a Nikon D700 to a Leica M9 both bought at
>> B&H. Which is your favorite lens now?
>> Mark William Rabiner
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Mark William Rabiner

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