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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Tuesday tuft
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 14:16:28 -0500
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I made my comment because I think we should try to use all of the tools 
available, when necessary.  I agree that my image may be oversharpened.  I 
went through a period where I thought "more was better".  Recently, I have 
been trying for a more natural look.

I do agree that, with the latest Leica lenses, sharpening may truly be 
optional.  I don't think that the sensor is the only thing that makes a 
difference.  But, at my point in life, I will just enjoy the works of others 
who make the big investment.  My "Oldies but Goodies" Leica lenses serve me 
quite well.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Lottermoser" <imagist3 at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] IMG: Tuesday tuft

> On May 31, 2011, at 1:47 PM, Jim Nichols wrote:
>> I think it all depends on the desired presentation of the image.  I use 
>> the Oly E-1, which also has a CCD sensor, but also has its own version of 
>> the AA filter.  This image was made with the Leica Elmarit-R 60 Macro, 
>> and did require some sharpening to get what I wanted.  I think that 
>> refusing to use sharpening, just as a matter of Leica pride, can lead to 
>> less than optimal images.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "George Lottermoser" 
>> <imagist3 at>
>>> <>
> I totally agree that one has to post process to achieve the aesthetic 
> results desired.
> Sharpening is just one of a multitude of post processing decisions.
> The image you show appears "over sharpened"
> (and very "digital" - including what appear as digital artifacts)
> for my taste.
> I prefer a more "natural" look.
> My 5D files require some degree of sharpening
> (which I believe also adds to their digital look).
> I definitely do not refuse to use sharpening (for Leica pride or any other 
> "silly" reasons).
> I always base the decision to use it, and how much, on the effect I seek 
> to achieve.
> I showed the above sample simply to illustrate where the DMR file "starts 
> out."
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> george at
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