Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/08/01

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Subject: [Leica] Weston's 8x10 contact prints
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 17:31:22 -0400

The "Pundits" who suggested that Weston's or anyone's photos would have been
"sharper" if they went down a format were wrong.
And I'd not refer to them as Pundits.
A word from the Sanskrit which suggests the people have a clue what they are
talking about.
This is the most clear example of how the internet can really dumb things

Very Especially in this case where the smaller size means projection
printing while 8x10 means contact printing.
Want to know how many defects in the lens which made Weston's print?
How steady really was his enlarger?
No lens no enlarger no defects no shake no non alignment no room noise.

George L. lets hear it.

Mark William Rabiner
mark at

> From: Ric Carter <ricc at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:13:16 -0400
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Weston's 8x10 contact prints
> also helps remind us that sharpness ain't everything
> ric
> On Aug 1, 2010, at 10:36 AM, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
>> Pundits suggested that even with the
>> resolution loss of the enlarging process, Weston's pictures would have 
>> been
>> sharper if he had used a smaller camera.
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