Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/03/20

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Subject: [Leica] New portrait of my son added today
From: chris at (Chris Crawford)
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:51:01 -0400


It focuses perfectly from f2.8-16. Basically, it is really an f2.8 lens. Not
hard to remember and requires no thought. You should also consider that not
everyone here is a photojournalist. I'm not and never will be. I'm an
artist; I have the time to think about each shot and chose the lens that
gives the look I want. I use this lens for portraits, mostly, and the need
to remember not to use f1.5 or f2 is not a problem; I'd never shoot a
portrait at such wide apertures anyway because I like a little depth of
field. If you're doing fast paced reportage work, and you need a 50mm lens,
a plain old summicron is the best choice. I have one of those too, and it is
my choice for most work.

Chris Crawford
Fine Art Photography
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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On 3/20/11 11:02 AM, "tedgrant at" <tedgrant at> wrote:

> Hi Chris,
> Thank you for the explanation on this lens. As once again after 60 years of
> photo time in the published world we never cease to learn. During my LUG
> tenure, how many years? I don't have a clue, but it's been several.
> I've learned more techie stuff than I could ever imagine and always
> surprised I made it as far and as successfully as I have without knowing
> many of the technical aspects I've read on the LUG.
> In the case of this particular lens if I should find it didn't focus where 
> I
> expected it to I'd have thrown it away, traded it in very quickly or
> relegated it to the paper weight corner of the desk.
> Shooting for major publishers, one's own books and documentaries for 
> "paying
> clients" is tough enough without having to think ... "Is this that weird
> lens that doesn't focus right on the mark?" while hopefully catching just
> right moment .
> Heck if one is wasting brain cells concerned with some kind of focus shift,
> without total concentration on the "Gold Medal Winner" at the Olympics the
> race would be over while your figuring out which aperture to use.
> Once again I've learned.... don't ever buy any lens that isn't sharp right
> where you focus!
> Very interesting to learn about these things as it can save money and loss
> of a good picture. Thank you for the explanation.
> cheers,
> Dr. ted
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