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D800e with R 60 Macro

















Feb 03, 2015 at 09:46 PM
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28mm @f8, panoramic stitch, about 70 megapixels.
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Feb 03, 2015 at 09:50 PM
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p.319 #3 · p.319 #3 · Leica R Series Lenses


All on a7r

28/2.8 Elmarit-R II (11333)
Museum of Photogr



35 Cron-R II (11115)
Bea Evenson Fountain



50 Cron-R II (11345)
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Feb 04, 2015 at 01:01 AM
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p.319 #4 · p.319 #4 · Leica R Series Lenses


I got my packet from Leitax yesterday and converted my MR 500/8 to Alpha. Let there be donuts!

This little guy...

a7II_Leica_500MR_Hiding by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



a7II_Leica_500MR_EyeOnYou by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr

...spent the morning tormenting this little guy...

a7II_Leica_500MR_SquirrelWatch by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr

...so they made for convenient test subjects.

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Feb 06, 2015 at 03:51 AM
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R8/DMR + 280mm f/4 APO-Telyt-R






Feb 06, 2015 at 04:12 AM
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180/3.4 APO-Telyt & A7r X-post



Feb 10, 2015 at 08:02 AM
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I couldn't find it, has anyone ever compared 35mm R Summicron V2 with Sony RX1?


Feb 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM
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mirkoc wrote:
I couldn't find it, has anyone ever compared 35mm R Summicron V2 with Sony RX1?


Since no one else has responded, I'll take a swing at it. My opinion comes firmly from the peanut gallery, as I haven't done a direct comparison, but I've looked at both lenses/systems so maybe my ideas could be useful for you.

From what I've seen, the RX1 lens is very, very good. It is a superior optic to the Summicron. If anything, the Summicron is better corrected for colors--the RX1 has a slight bit more longitudinal chromatic aberration than the Summicron--but the RX1 edges out just about everywhere else. Resolution across the frame, focal plane flatness, distortion, and flare favor the RX1 from barely to significantly. Flare is a major difference. The focal plane shape of the Summicron, which I believe comes closer in the midzone then toward the distance toward the corners, can either be a blessing or a curse; most photographers prefer a flat, predictable focal plane.

The reason I like the Summicron but have no interest in the RX1, though, even though I shoot Sony cameras, is that the RX1 lens is permanently attached to a camera. I'm expect that, eventually, others will succeed in re-mounting it to, say, the then-current A7R, but then it will become permanently attached to that camera. The Summicron design is 40 years old and will still perform just as well 40 years from now. The only thing that will obsolete the Summicron is if curved sensors become so predominant that flat sensors become prohibitively expensive to obtain, which I strongly doubt will occur in my photographic lifetime. On the other hand, the RX1 might not function well in 10 years, not to mention 40. The electronics might fail. Batteries might not be available. When a ten-cent circuit failure might ruin my ability to use one great optic, but a slightly less stellar lens is available that will take substantial abuse and keep on delivering great images, I'll take the more reliable lens without hesitation or doubt.

Well. With one qualification. If I saw a scene that I wanted the highest possible quality capture of, and I had the choice between an RX1 or a Summicron 35, I'd probably choose the RX1. (If it were a bokeh-heavy scene with high contrast subjects, I'd choose the Summicron, but that's because I have a pet peeve for longitudinal chromatic aberration and not for any rational reason.) For today, the RX1 is the superior lens. For the purpose of having a reliable lens in my bag, though, not to mention spending my money on the lens and hoping to use it well into the future, the Summicron would be my clear choice for today as well as tomorrow.

Hope this helps,
Jon



Feb 11, 2015 at 04:40 AM
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180/3.4 APO-Telyt & A7r X-post


I beg forgiveness, but cannot help myself...

This image shows that this lens can deliver superb background bokeh. Those who say otherwise must be quacks.

Cheers,
Jon



Feb 11, 2015 at 04:44 AM
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Here are a few taken with a Lumix G1 and the 180 Elmarit v2.

P1110401.jpg


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All three are great Vincet. If I was forced to pick it would probably be #1. There's just something about kids being kids especially playing in the snow. Fun times!


Feb 11, 2015 at 01:40 PM
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JonPB wrote:
I beg forgiveness, but cannot help myself...

This image shows that this lens can deliver superb background bokeh. Those who say otherwise must be quacks.

Cheers,
Jon


I have never had any issue with the bokeh of my 180/3.4 APO either.






More Than OK Bokeh

  NIKON D800    180.0 mm f/3.5 lens    180mm    f/3.5    1/250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 11, 2015 at 03:58 PM
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Feb 12, 2015 at 01:11 AM
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I rather like the landscape, Dylan. I've been experimenting with moderately shallow depth of field and haven't found any approaches that click in my head yet, but that shot is giving me some ideas. Thanks!

Cheers,
Jon



Feb 12, 2015 at 02:31 AM
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Thanks Jon, look forward to seeing them!


Feb 12, 2015 at 04:34 AM
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JonPB wrote:
Since no one else has responded, I'll take a swing at it. My opinion comes firmly from the peanut gallery, as I haven't done a direct comparison, but I've looked at both lenses/systems so maybe my ideas could be useful for you.

From what I've seen, the RX1 lens is very, very good. It is a superior optic to the Summicron. If anything, the Summicron is better corrected for colors--the RX1 has a slight bit more longitudinal chromatic aberration than the Summicron--but the RX1 edges out just about everywhere else. Resolution across the frame, focal plane flatness, distortion, and flare favor
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Thank you for your extensive elaboration. Interesting point regarding long term reliability.



Feb 12, 2015 at 03:33 PM
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coogee wrote:
I've been burnt by an Elmar 180/4 that was cheap but is very poor. No coatings and very iffy around infinity. Probably a good thing, to be wary of vintage Leica telephotos, for my wallet at least!


I wasn't impressed with the 180mm f/4 Elmar. Its primary virtues are tiny size, light weight and affordability. It flares readily and its optical performance is best described as OK, nothing really special.



Feb 12, 2015 at 04:11 PM
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telyt wrote:
I wasn't impressed with the 180mm f/4 Elmar. Its primary virtues are tiny size, light weight and affordability. It flares readily and its optical performance is best described as OK, nothing really special.


Like Doug, I wasn't too happy with my 180mm f4 Elmar. I returned it to my dealer right after purchase and replaced it with a mint condition 180mm f3.4 Apo Telyt in about 1986 which I like very much and use to this day.

Rich



Feb 12, 2015 at 04:18 PM
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naturephoto1 wrote:
Like Doug, I wasn't too happy with my 180mm f4 Elmar. I returned it to my dealer right after purchase and replaced it with a mint condition 180mm f3.4 Apo Telyt in about 1986 which I like very much and use to this day.

Rich


If cost didn't matter I'd replace the 180mm f/2.8 APO I sold a couple of years ago with another just like it. Since the 180mm focal length isn't a significant money-maker for me, cost matters and I expect I'll pick up a 180mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt before too long. I had a loaner several years ago and the only things I didn't like about it are the minimum focus distance (I can work around this) and the original lens cap that refuses to stay on the lens (no big deal).



Feb 12, 2015 at 04:29 PM
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telyt wrote:
If cost didn't matter I'd replace the 180mm f/2.8 APO I sold a couple of years ago with another just like it. Since the 180mm focal length isn't a significant money-maker for me, cost matters and I expect I'll pick up a 180mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt before too long. I had a loaner several years ago and the only things I didn't like about it are the minimum focus distance (I can work around this) and the original lens cap that refuses to stay on the lens (no big deal).


Hi Doug,

Yes the 180mm f2.8 Apo Telyt does perform better than the 180mm f3.4 Apo Tellyt but the 180 f3.4 may still be better at or near infinity. The 180 f3.4 is much smaller and lighter than the 180 f2.8 as well. As to the minimum focus of the 180mm f3.4 that is easily corrected using a Macro Adapter R. As to the problem with the lens cap staying on, I have never experienced that with my slip on cap. But, if the problem should arise, a little Gaffers or electrical tape should solve that issue.

Rich



Feb 12, 2015 at 04:36 PM
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