Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/10/18

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Subject: [Leica] OT: large format lens vs. medium format lens
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:19:06 -0400

Was talking about image color. "this lens is cool, this lens is warm" really
a thing of the past with nikon and canon and a reason to avoid third party

Mark William Rabiner

> From: John McMaster <john at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:05:30 +0000
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] OT: large format lens vs. medium format lens
> john
> ________________________________________
> He was still doing it into the 80s and seeing differences. I first learned
> that he did it in 1978 when he had just got a new 300mm f2.8.
> I'd be astonished if there isn't still substantial sample variation,
> particularly amongst multi element zooms and any lens with image
> stabilisation. The likelihood of these -not- showing sample variation is an
> engineering impossibility, the only question is how much variability and 
> how
> many lenses get into the market not up to scratch.
> FD
> On 18 Oct, 2012, at 01:24, Mark Rabiner <mark at> wrote:
>> I think by the mid 70's the nikon glass would have matched up pretty well.
>> Mark William Rabiner
>> Photography
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