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

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From: wendythurman at (Wendy Thurman)
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:24:34 +0430
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As expensive as the Nikkor 85/1.4 is when compared to the 1.8, it's just a
"legendary" lens with unsurpassed bokeh.  Is it three times better (at three
times the price)?  Probably not.

While weight is certainly a factor for my wanting to move into Leica M
photography, I'd like to think that shooting with a Leica is a generally
more personal experience than using the large SLRs.  I'd like to get more
involved in the image as well as the making of it and I think that Leica M's
offer that possibility.  For the street, the candid portrait, the thoughtful
photograph, I think it's the tool I want.  While no expert, I have used view
cameras in the past and really enjoyed shooting with an RB-67 and I'd like
to get back to that feeling of using a camera instead of the computer a
modern SLR is (though I do appreciate them!)

I will most certainly keep and use my Nikon system.  Having shot F2's, F3's,
F4's, and an FM2 I am a certified Nikon fanatic.  The Leica will be a
valuable addition to my toolbox and my vision.

Thank you for the kind words re my photography!


On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM, Mark Rabiner <mark at> 

> > 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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