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Subject: [Leica] Nathan's PAD 8/2/2019: testing a new lens on the beach
From: amr3 at (Alan Magayne-Roshak)
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 08:20:15 -0600

On Sat, 9 Feb 2019 Jayanand Govindaraj <jayanand at>wrote:

>Looks good!

>What I do when I am on a purely cultural trip is take the X100S and the
>X-E1 with the 56mm f1.2 - makes for an light, fast, highly capable
>35mm/85mm kit. The other thing I do when I really want to travel ultralight
>is to just take the X100S with the superb wide and tele screw on adapters -
>gives me a 28mm/35mm/50mm f2 kit I can carry in my pockets!

Jayanand, what you take sounds eminently practical, and light.  After 40
years on the job hauling heavy Nikons,
and then Canons with huge zooms, the only multi-focal lens I use is the
5.1-12.8 f/2 Vario Summicron on my
Lumix LX3, for the 24mm or 35mm equivalent settings on the rare occasion
when I want a wider view than 50mm
(from a 35mm Summicron on my X-E2).
My normal bag has LX3, X-E2, 105mm f/1.8 Nikkor, 35mm f/2 Summicron, and a
lens (choosing from among 50mm Summicron LTM collapsible, 50mm Summicron M
50mm Summicron DR, 50mm f/1.4 Zuiko, 50mm f/1.2 Canon LTM, and even a 50mm
f/1.8 Kern Macro-Switar;
seldom used are a 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor and 50mm f/1.4 Super-Takumar).  I like
the cropped sensor on the X-E2
since 85-90mm was my favorite focal length on film cameras, and now I have
all those choices of what are now
small 80mm lenses.  A 50 is on my camera 90% of the time.


Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Photo Services
UPAA Photographer of the Year 1978
UPAA Master of the Profession 2014
amr3 at

"All the technique in the world doesn't compensate
 for an inability to notice. " - Elliott Erwitt

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