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| p.33 #20 · Still no love for the Ricoh GXR? |
I am impressed by how little distortion the ZM18 has, at least on APS-C digital. I've not shot any 135 film with it yet but am tempted to do a few rolls when the weather brightens or some suitable subject or event turns up. On the other hand, shooting it full frame film will only make me yearn for a Ricoh full frame sensor module more... maybe I better not go there.
Definitely it is a chunky piece of glass, especially with the hood mounted. It doesn't feel horribly out of place on the GXR to me and still handles well. I like the feel and placement of the Zeiss aperture rings on the ZM series lenses and focus feels similar across all the lenses I own, even with the comparatively much wider and heavier ZM18.
So far I'm using all my M mount glass from 18mm through 75mm without using the GXR's built in vignetting and colour compensation. It hasn't seemed to be mandatory with any of my optics, but it may also be I've been too lazy to fully examine whether I should or not. I like the former not the latter excuse.
Thanks for providing your experiences. My only ZM is the 25mm, and I agree about the handling. The detents on the aperture ring are smoother than on the ZF, but are still well defined, so it's easy to count off the aperture without looking at the ring. Focusing is damped more firmly than my CV SL-II lenses, but still turnable with one finger, and I happen to like the little bump on the bottom. I'm still getting used to the focus ring turning the opposite direction of F-mount lenses, every time I try to set infinity things get blurry None of this wobble I've heard about either. I'd love to try out the ZM18, but as I prefer the CV15 FOV and it is available, I'll probably go with that one. I am completely with you on the full frame Ricoh, hopefully with an awesome revised body, and continue to dream so I don't have to go the Leica route.