For a long time I didnt know how to retrieve a login name from a SPUser field in a SharePoint List. When a user doesn't have a userProfile, he is stored in the SPUser field as
Today, I accidentally came accros an option that allowed me to retrieve all the "standard" user information:
ID, name of user, loginname, email and some other extra information.
When making a new SPQuery, do the following:
query.ExpandUserField = true;
this option enables the access op extra user information possible. Why didn't I know this before, stupid me ;)?