Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/07

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Subject: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM
From: henningw at (Henning Wulff)
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 15:03:38 -0700
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At 5:54 PM -0400 10/7/09, Doug Herr wrote:
>Richard Man
>>How did it get from superiority of Leica glass to superiority of
>>medium format vs. 35mm film format? :-)
>>Of course medium format film > 35mm film. That's without dispute.
>A 30x40 print made with Nikon lenses on film looks great until you 
>compare it with something else.  Compare Galen Rowell's prints with 
>prints made using better equipment and you'll see that from a 
>technical POV Rowell's photos were not particularly good, so his 
>prints by themselves don't illustrate the relative merits of the 
>lenses he used.
>Doug Herr
>Birdman of Sacramento

I concur with Doug.

I've also seen a number of Galen Rowell's prints and while a number 
are interesting and/or pleasing, his technical quality was very often 
not that good. In his defence, he took a lot of his pictures on long, 
difficult treks and climbs, and his reliance on light and small 
equipment was understandable to a degree. Unfortunately he wanted 
great versatility and a big stack of ND and effect filters, so a 
light (in Nikon terms, inexpensive) camera and zoom lens were often 

You use a lightweight 'kit' zoom with multiple acrylic filters and 
resolution and contrast take a holiday.


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