Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
Indeed, my observation was a personal hobby horse against the fetishisation of absolute resolution in a lens for its own sake.


Last week Brian Legge posted this image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelb...7625017121419/ If he'd told us it was taken on a Leica glass I'd have agreed that it certainly looked Leica quality and that tightness and resolution is what you pay for. Sharpness is sometimes about expectation.
Hmm, I am going to have to disagree with you there (not that that isn't a very nice shot) -and, of course, processing has a lot to do with it - but even with a web-sized image, I would have to say my small images from the Heliar are in a whole different league in terms of resolution and microcontrast, compared to the posted image.

If the larger version on Flickr of the image you posted above is "true" to the negative, then it would fall apart in a 12x16in print, whereas the Heliar negatives hold up exceptionally well (I made one larger test print).