Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/10/17

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Subject: [Leica] OT: large format lens vs. medium format lens
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:24:18 -0400

I think by the mid 70's the nikon glass would have matched up pretty well.

Mark William Rabiner

> From: "Robert D. Baron" <robertbaron1 at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:47:18 -0500
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] OT: large format lens vs. medium format lens
> ==On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM, FRANK DERNIE <
> frank.dernie at> wrote:
>> That is certainly not the case for everybody. A friend of mine who was,
>> IMHO, one of the best motor sports photographers of the 70s and 80s, now
>> retired, always selected any new lens he bought from Nikon personally. He
>> shot a couple of films and recorded the serial numbers of the lenses he
>> used. He selected the best lens after examining the negatives. All the
>> lenses had passed final inspection and were in spec but the best was
>> noticeably better than the average.
>> Since he was almost always using lenses wide open it was an important
>> difference.
>> Frank D
> In or around 1960 I worked part time in a camera store in Rock Island,
> Illinois, while in high school.  The store - long since gone - was a full
> line Nikon and Leica dealer. One day the manager and I took a roll of 36
> exposure Kodachrome and put it in a Nikon body, making exposures with each
> focal length lens, wide open and then closed down.  We rewound the roll and
> put it in a Leica body. wound it forward and repeated the test with Leica
> lenses.
> When the film was developed we projected the slides and saw clear
> variations in color rendition between the various Nikon lenses but not so
> with the Leica lenses.  I wonder what would happen if the same test was
> performed today.
> No, wait, you couldn't.  Kodachrome is gone.
> --Bob
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