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The Leica Lens Book Hardcover – 31 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1 edition (31 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715308173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715308172
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 22.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent read with loads of information. I am very pleased to have it in my possession to pick up any time and pick out details.
I have several other Brian Bower books all of which are excellent reads.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Idiosyncratic, chaotic, and omission-filled. 13 Aug. 1999
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The student of Leica photography and Leica lenses will find very little information about any lenses except the newest and most expensive in Leica's line. In addition, Bower fails at the most important task in a book of this sort, describing the imaging properties and optical quality of the lenses he does include. Anybody seriously interested in lenses for Leica cameras should look elsewhere, particularly in Gunther Osterloh's books and those of Theo Kisselbach.
But, Bower's photographs are wonderful, lusciously well reproduced, and as razor sharp as we expect from a top photographer using Leica glass. Instead of buying this book, get the same author's "Leica Reflex Photography." It has many of the same photos and, in soft cover, costs considerably less.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
leica lens book 1 Jun. 2012
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Have been searching for info about old R lenses. This book contains a lot of detailed information which is very useful. Recommended for Leica afficionados!!
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Read the pictures as well as the words 20 Oct. 1999
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I read the book,$45+4.1%, at Borders, and noticed that the text was lacking. The photos are not lacking and speak volumes with respect to the color properties of those leica lenses. For Leica M or R Camera/lense combinations, I find that Bowers pictures tell the real story. For example, look at the M-6/50mmf1.0 shot of the priest in M-6 by Bower. That is the truest, deepest color lense that I've used to date. The Leica lense brochure is also useful. Use slow film; PKR25, velvia, or agfa ultra 50, and your shots will equal the best.
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