Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/03/16

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Subject: [Leica] B&W Leica? Higher ISO
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:01:47 -0400

Leica has been always been caught in the bottleneck of making exquisite
glass for a format too small to really see it.
The Leitz Zeiss comparison always came down to that.
The quality you'd get from Zeiss was going to be way better becuae they made
it for medium format. You'd suspect it was close. But you can't compare a
medium format lens directly to a 35mm format lens. You have have to look at
the results. A transparency or matching prints.

Now Leica is out of that constrained situation.
And can now rule.

Mark R.

> From: Vick Ko <vick.ko at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:49:14 -0400
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] B&W Leica? Higher ISO
> So that was my thought.
> If technical quality is the goal, does medium format (say "Hasselblad /
> Zeiss" grade) blow away 35mm, even top of the line Leica FLE ASPH
> Superlux whatever?
> I believe the answer is "yes", due to the superb performance of the
> Zeiss optics, and the huge (compared to 35mm ) negative.
> And, a Hasselblad is as fast as an M.
> Vick
> On 3/16/2012 11:41 AM, George Lottermoser wrote:
>> Obviously: when we're talking about Leica, Nikon and Canon we're
>> talking about fine quality gear, each with its own subjective nuances.
>> And when we throw medium format into the discussion - well - we're
>> talking about a quantum leap in a certain sets of qualities. Regards,
>> George Lottermoser
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