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p.280 #1 · Leica R Series Lenses


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I don't have any R lenses, but am thinking about getting a Leica R 180/3.4 apo. Seems more reasonably priced and lighter than the 2.8 apo, tho all thing being equal, I might like a 2.8. Am planning on using the lens on my Sony A7r. Any thoughts on an adapter? I have seen some Kipon adapters on EBay, one of which has a tilt feature, tho not sure how useful that would be on such a long lens. I did not see any with tripod mounts on the collars but did not look real hard. Anyway, any recommendAtions/advice appreciated.
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Steve, great choice. I have it and the R 180/3.4 is a terrific lens with superlative performance mid-infinity distances. Its initial design was conceived for military reconnaissance. Close performance is ok but its real strength is mid-infinity performance.



Jan 29, 2014 at 04:04 AM
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p.280 #2 · Leica R Series Lenses


Re the adapter, I have a novoflex nikon f to sony e that is very very good. Given the quality the high cost was worth it to me and I also have a lot of Nikon f lenses so went with the novoflex. I've also used fotodiox pro and have no complaints. Metabones also has a Leica R to Sony E.


Jan 29, 2014 at 04:06 AM
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p.280 #3 · Leica R Series Lenses


Thx Manu. Do you use the lens on the Sony a7r on a tripod? If so, is the camera mount solid enough or does one need to use an adapter tripos mount?


Jan 29, 2014 at 04:19 AM
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p.280 #4 · Leica R Series Lenses


Jako, I noticed some of your 35mm cron-R E55 (fabulous!) photos you posted here. I'm in the process of purchasing this exact lens (rom) in absolute mint condition. The deal was too good to pass up. I was reading what Erwin Puts had written about the lens (1977 and later ver2?) and he noted that the edges aren't as good as the first version and wide open the contrast is a bit lower as well. I recently read elsewhere that this lens is more of a "street reporter" than a landscape lens. I guess the "street reporter" would be more my style since I don't do landscapes very much, but I would like to use the 35mm when I travel overseas. So in that regard, a "landscape" lens it might serve.

The only 35mm lens I've used (and sold) was the Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZE. What am I getting into with this Leica 35 cron-R? I just wanted something wider than my 50 cron-R's and "cheaper" than the 28mm elmarit-R version 2. Like I mentioned earlier, I was at the right spot at the right time and I would have been a fool to not pick this lens up.



Jan 29, 2014 at 09:48 AM
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p.280 #5 · Leica R Series Lenses


Sorry to interrupt, here a few shots from 35 2.0 E55 at f/8 (D800 RAW), yes extreme corners softer a bit but does not so terrible by my opinion for real photography
http://yadi.sk/d/Ud9VrjkZGvVqQ



Jan 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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p.280 #6 · Leica R Series Lenses


DMR R80







Jan 29, 2014 at 02:03 PM
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p.280 #7 · Leica R Series Lenses


Alex, Looks like you have fixed your DMR


Jan 29, 2014 at 02:09 PM
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p.280 #8 · Leica R Series Lenses


Very nice Alex! Gotta love the R80's bokeh...so smooth!
Gregg



Jan 29, 2014 at 02:42 PM
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p.280 #9 · Leica R Series Lenses


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DMR R80
http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5001/49690153.3c/0_b342f_efef0a4c_orig.jpg


Beautiful!



Jan 29, 2014 at 02:56 PM
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p.280 #10 · Leica R Series Lenses


Sorry for all the posts! As Alex so eloquently put it when I got my 50 Lux..."it's nirvana"!!
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Probably one of my fav photos ever! Mason would run ahead, turn around, and Gio would run to him, and bear hug Mason! 50 Lux wide open




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p.280 #11 · Leica R Series Lenses


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Thx Manu. Do you use the lens on the Sony a7r on a tripod? If so, is the camera mount solid enough or does one need to use an adapter tripos mount?


Steve, I've taken only a few shots with it on the A7r thus far but yes tripod, novoflex adapter and higher than 1/150 shutter speeds. Been very pleased with the lens' performance on the sony. I have a RRS L plate on the camera and have been using that, seems solid. But I'm planning on getting the tripod collar for the novoflex adapter as I start using longer lenses. I wouldn't put anything heavier than the 180/3.5 without using an adapter tripod mount.



Jan 29, 2014 at 03:11 PM
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p.280 #12 · Leica R Series Lenses


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Jako, I noticed some of your 35mm cron-R E55 (fabulous!) photos you posted here. I'm in the process of purchasing this exact lens (rom) in absolute mint condition. The deal was too good to pass up. I was reading what Erwin Puts had written about the lens (1977 and later ver2?) and he noted that the edges aren't as good as the first version and wide open the contrast is a bit lower as well. I recently read elsewhere that this lens is more of a "street reporter" than a landscape lens. I guess the "street reporter" would be more
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I would get the Cron-R 35 E55 without any hesitation. It's such a great lens with its unique character that I use it the most of my all Leica-R lenses. I wouldn't narrow its usage only to "street reporter" but rather, say "non-planar" type. It excels in center frame subject isolation, but once you use lens profile correction (if you use Adobe RAW converter it is) than it's acceptable for other use as well.

Gregg, Manu, clmusic, Jon and others; thank you so much for your inspirational comments and likes. Much appreciated!



Havana doors:














Jan 29, 2014 at 03:49 PM
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p.280 #13 · Leica R Series Lenses


Jack...really like the second shot. The open door, so dark, is mysterious!
Gregg



Jan 29, 2014 at 03:52 PM
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p.280 #14 · Leica R Series Lenses


Jack, those are very fine shots. The open doors lead the eye into the scene and create a sense of mystery as Gregg rightly put it.


Jan 29, 2014 at 04:56 PM
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p.280 #15 · Leica R Series Lenses


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Steve, I've taken only a few shots with it on the A7r thus far but yes tripod, novoflex adapter and higher than 1/150 shutter speeds. Been very pleased with the lens' performance on the sony. I have a RRS L plate on the camera and have been using that, seems solid. But I'm planning on getting the tripod collar for the novoflex adapter as I start using longer lenses. I wouldn't put anything heavier than the 180/3.5 without using an adapter tripod mount.


Thanks again. Turns out I already own the Novoflex tripod collar, so I can use that if I want. Not sure what longer lens might be affordable. Maybe getting the 2x extender might fill the need, at least for landscape as the 280/4 seems a bit pricey...



Jan 29, 2014 at 06:21 PM
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p.280 #16 · Leica R Series Lenses


Worldinlens wrote:
Sorry to interrupt, here a few shots from 35 2.0 E55 at f/8 (D800 RAW), yes extreme corners softer a bit but does not so terrible by my opinion for real photography
http://yadi.sk/d/Ud9VrjkZGvVqQ


Awesome! I'll have a look at the RAW when I get home. I only have the a7, so the 36mp will be a treat!



Jan 29, 2014 at 06:55 PM
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p.280 #17 · Leica R Series Lenses


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I would get the Cron-R 35 E55 without any hesitation. It's such a great lens with its unique character that I use it the most of my all Leica-R lenses. I wouldn't narrow its usage only to "street reporter" but rather, say "non-planar" type. It excels in center frame subject isolation, but once you use lens profile correction (if you use Adobe RAW converter it is) than it's acceptable for other use as well.

Gregg, Manu, clmusic, Jon and others; thank you so much for your inspirational comments and likes. Much appreciated!

Havana doors:
http://www.kozera.ca/photos/images/_DSC0901_640.jpg
http://www.kozera.ca/photos/images/_DSC0882_640.jpg



Thank you very much Jack for the details of the 35! The subject isolation quality of this lens is what I'm most excited about. One thing that Erwin doesn't mention is color. How is the color rendition (non PP) of this lens. Would I be wrong to assume that it's warmer than the zeiss equivalent?

Once again, thank you very much for you help!



Jan 29, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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p.280 #18 · Leica R Series Lenses


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Alex, Looks like you have fixed your DMR


Win, R9 had locked shutter with DMR (common situation when u try to push the button of multiply exposure, after that the camera starts to thinking that need rewind the film and locked shutter) All my actions for unlock was without results until I installed original battery grip and film back. I take them from another R8 for quick time. Now the system works like terminator

Gregg, thank you for feedback, but mine shot just about nothing Yours all different from mine, I am feeling that you soul in your E55 now. I can perfect understand first emotions and first months with leica bokeh, it's like a first love's emotions - u never forgot it and never return... In future would be possible to learn the lens in different situations for same feelings, for example I had second "opening" R50E55 when tryed to shot bokeramas last summer



Jan 29, 2014 at 08:46 PM
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p.280 #19 · Leica R Series Lenses


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Thank you very much Jack for the details of the 35! The subject isolation quality of this lens is what I'm most excited about. One thing that Erwin doesn't mention is color. How is the color rendition (non PP) of this lens. Would I be wrong to assume that it's warmer than the zeiss equivalent?

Once again, thank you very much for you help!



You may want to browse through few pages of posted samples regarding Leica vs. Zeiss










Jan 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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p.280 #20 · Leica R Series Lenses


What happened with sky colours Jack? )


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