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p.587 #1 · p.587 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Douglas, I finally gave up on auto vignetting and turned it off for all lenses. With any of my lenses, there is no more vignetting than what I used to get with the A900 and ZA lenses, and it never bothered me then. I too realized that less vignetting correction is applied at high iso, but still the corners were ugly enough to just keep them underexposed and hide the noise in the shadows.


Feb 02, 2013 at 02:27 AM
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p.587 #2 · p.587 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks for the comments Edward, Charles, Michael, Ron!

Michael, still having fun with the ZM21? Another excellent shot. Nice set with the 50Lux. The composition with the two persons walking up the stairs is very nice. Sorry to hear about the backfocus.
Ron, thanks for sharing with us on the art installation and your shooting process.

rscheffler wrote:
As for changing lenses... not sure exactly what you mean? I.e., because it's cold?


I was about to ask the same question about switching lenses so often, not only in the cold. Also aren't you worried about having dust on the sensor since you seem to change lenses so often? Lenses uncapped both ends?

edwardkaraa wrote:
I finally gave up on auto vignetting and turned it off for all lenses.

How do you turn it off? Or do you mean lens detection on the camera menu?

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A few more from the same fair back in 2011. I don't think I posted these in the past. These were from a second visit a few days later when the sun was out. All M9 28Cron
































On another note, I received my 28Cron back from DAG last week. Took Don just over a week to collimate it back to spec and code my 90 Tele-E.



Feb 02, 2013 at 03:50 AM
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p.587 #3 · p.587 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joe88 wrote:
How do you turn it off? Or do you mean lens detection on the camera menu?


Exactly, but since my lenses are not coded, I used to select manually the equivalent lens profile according to a list that Zeiss kindly provided with.

However, I stopped doing that very early on, and leave the lens correction off. I kind of like the vignetting, and in the rare cases I get color shift, I just crop it out, or just leave it as is if it doesn't disturb too much.


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Feb 02, 2013 at 04:13 AM
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p.587 #4 · p.587 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Charles, thank you so much for the nice comments!

Zhangyue, nice set! I especially like the church shot, as well as the first 3 street shots. The fat couple on the stairs is my favorite.

Ron, I like the one with the 21 the most.

Joe, love the light and shade play in your recent posts. No. 1, 3 and 4 are superb imo.



Feb 02, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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p.587 #5 · p.587 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Edward!

And thanks for explaining. I barely go into the M9 menus and probably don't know 50% of the functions The problem for me is that if I turn off lens detection, I will miss the lens exif info and sometimes it gets confusing sorting pics.

Meanwhile, not to detract from the M9 but I just received my EVF for the RX1. The output is really sharp and detailed, coupled with the peaking and magnified view, it makes manual focusing on the RX1 such a joy. In some instances, I can shift focus as fast or even faster than the M mount lenses on the Leica, especially if I were to move focus from infinity to up close.



Feb 02, 2013 at 04:38 AM
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p.587 #6 · p.587 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


thank you for your kind comments, guys!

Ron, yes, I mean change lens in cold, even not in cold, I feel awkward changing lens How you guys clean your sensor? That is why I like the idea of have either a 50 or 35mm fixed on M for most of view with another small body with a zoom to secure the shots as needed. Thanks for post the environment shots of that art piece, there is no way I can fugue it out. it looks smaller than I thought. I agree your earlier set are more impressive.

Joe, another great street set. #1 is my favorite with multi-theme.

Here are more from St Augustine. you can see why I left my M9 with 21 pretty much whole day.
Lightner Museum
Used to be a hotle, and I was told that this was world largest indoor swimming poor. (now with table and chair)
















inside the museum






Here is out side, cross the street, the building on left is a hotel.








Feb 02, 2013 at 08:00 AM
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p.587 #7 · p.587 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Zhangyue, nice shots. What 21mm lens is this?


Feb 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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p.587 #8 · p.587 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joe88 wrote:
Thanks Edward!

And thanks for explaining. I barely go into the M9 menus and probably don't know 50% of the functions The problem for me is that if I turn off lens detection, I will miss the lens exif info and sometimes it gets confusing sorting pics.

Meanwhile, not to detract from the M9 but I just received my EVF for the RX1. The output is really sharp and detailed, coupled with the peaking and magnified view, it makes manual focusing on the RX1 such a joy. In some instances, I can shift focus as fast or even faster than
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Well, to be honest, I never liked the EVF of my GXR, and mostly used the LCD. But Sony must be light years ahead in EVF technology according to what I have seen when I tested the A99 at the local showroom. The GXR had a great function, in that you can keep magnified view on all the time (including peaking) and with half press of shutter release you go back to full view for composing and shooting. Anyhow, I still find a well calibrated RF to be much faster and practical than live view, except for tripod work.



Feb 02, 2013 at 04:20 PM
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p.587 #9 · p.587 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


cuonghuutran wrote:
Zhangyue, nice shots. What 21mm lens is this?

Hi, thanks. 21 biogon 2.8.
A nice lens suit my need without break bank



Feb 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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p.587 #10 · p.587 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


rscheffler wrote:
As for changing lenses... not sure exactly what you mean? I.e., because it's cold?


zhangyue wrote:
Ron, yes, I mean change lens in cold, even not in cold, I feel awkward changing lens How you guys clean your sensor? That is why I like the idea of have either a 50 or 35mm fixed on M for most of view with another small body with a zoom to secure the shots as needed. Thanks for post the environment shots of that art piece, there is no way I can fugue it out. it looks smaller than I thought. I agree your earlier set are more impressive.


joe88 wrote:
Ron, thanks for sharing with us on the art installation and your shooting process.
I was about to ask the same question about switching lenses so often, not only in the cold. Also aren't you worried about having dust on the sensor since you seem to change lenses so often? Lenses uncapped both ends?

On another note, I received my 28Cron back from DAG last week. Took Don just over a week to collimate it back to spec and code my 90 Tele-E.


Joe, curious why you sent it to Don rather than Leica? I guess he's less expensive? And you did get very fast turnaround too.

Changing lenses: I guess not researching a lot on LUF or RFF and not working for years with film RFs, I didn't have an informed RF background when I jumped into the M9 system as a partial proxy for DSLRs, which morphed into a hybrid workflow that retained some of my SLR habits, including frequent lens changes. To me this is completely normal behaviour.

My right middle finger practically rests on the lens release button when holding the M9. It's become quite instinctual and easy to jab that button and twist the lens off, deposit the lens in its compartment in the satchel and pull out another one... No, I don't typically cap lenses while working as it really slows things down. This is also my habit with SLR lenses. Perhaps it's an aspect of my work background where sometimes speed is essential. When the weather is bad and if I have time and am dealing with more gear than usual, such as the recent 21mm lens review, then I will cap at least the rear. The way the internal pockets are designed in the CourierWare satchel I use (it's the mini, the smallest one they make), they're sewn to the inside side of the bag, but when something bulky such as a lens is in a pocket, the bottom of the pocket ends about an inch above the bottom of the bag. The lens is kind of suspended from the side of the bag and not resting on the bag bottom. I place the lens either front down because the hood will provide sufficient protection for the front element, or sideways. I try to avoid placing them bottom down, as pretty much all the wide angle lenses have rear elements that extend beyond the lens mount. The only catch to this system is the pockets are not padded, therefore I try to avoid running to prevent items bumping around inside the bag. But because the CourierWare guys allow a fair amount of customization when you place an order, I believe they might now be able to offer some thin pocket padding for an additional charge. BTW, CourierWare is the company that makes the Bare Bones Bag. I found this review quite helpful. Though it's for a much larger bag, much of the concept translates to the smaller bags and M series equipment.

As for dust... yes, it's a problem. The day after the snow photos I posted here, we went back again and I shot a bunch at f/16 (for the depth of field) and was quite surprised to see just how much dust was on the sensor! But even with 21mm lenses, if shooting at f/8 and wider, the dust often is not that noticeable. If it's an infinity landscape, then even f/5.6 is enough and dust will be even less noticeable. Or, just get a few Lux and Cron lenses and only shoot wide open.

So far for cleaning I've only tried dry methods, but have noticed whenever the camera went back to Leica (either NJ or Germany), that they'd do a wet cleaning (because there would always be a touch of swabbing residue). For dry cleaning I use a blower bulb along with a sensor pen. I recently also picked up one of those silicon stampers, but haven't yet tried it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019K8YVM
This was based on the sensor cleaning tips over at Lensrentals.




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p.587 #11 · p.587 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Don does fantastic work, but I'd say Joe was pretty lucky with his turnaround. Don is kind of legendary bad about turn around time and communication, which I didn't know when I sent a lens to him that he said would be done in 2 weeks, and it took nearly two months, and he didn't answer my emails until right before sending my lens back. I'm not sure I'd send him something that you need fixed in a hurry.


Feb 03, 2013 at 01:10 AM
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p.587 #12 · p.587 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


My first post ever in this forum

Let's see if I could do the upload correctly - taken with M9;




Feb 03, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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p.587 #13 · p.587 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Two more from M9;






Feb 03, 2013 at 01:43 AM
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p.587 #14 · p.587 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Michael and more excellent shots with the ZM21B.

Winston, welcome to the thread. Very nice set, Love the mood and composition on #2.

edwardkaraa wrote:
Anyhow, I still find a well calibrated RF to be much faster and practical than live view, except for tripod work.

I agree, the current EVFs can't replace a window finder, especially where you don't miss the moment at exposure with the rangefinders. I like the idea of a RX1 as a pocket cam, all in one with video and AF, plus the entire RX1 kit cost almost as much as a 35Cron ASPH. Sometimes I rather not take the M9 out depending where I am shooting. As for the RX1 EVF, I was shooting with it this afternoon in bright sunlight and even with the eye cup pressed tight to my eyeglasses, it flared internally with two bright "balls" inside and it was very distracting.

I like Ricoh cameras. Had a GRDIV, sold it and will probably buy another at some point. Secretly hoping that Ricoh will release a new one with a 1" or APS sensor. Did you keep the GXR?

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Joe, curious why you sent it to Don rather than Leica? I guess he's less expensive? And you did get very fast turnaround too.

Faster and cheaper The coding is top notch quality and each time I call, Don picks up the phone (if you can reach him, I just kept trying for over an hour) and you have access to his vast knowledge. I think DAG has a pretty loyal and continuous stream of work from regulars. When I called, Don mentioned that for urgent request, he would try to fulfill the work within the same week but I think you need to call him to follow up rather than email. Not sure if its good etiquette to post prices but I would guess with Leica NJ its probably 2 to 3x more expensive and they can never promise how long it takes. Although I must say that each time I sent something NJ in the past, I have never been disappointed, other than having to wait.

Thanks for sharing your lens changing methods, good to know. Being an amateur, I guess I have always been overly conservative with handling gear especially with Leica .. Dust is always an issue for me as I normally shoot at f/8 or f/11 with infinity always in focus Leica does a great job with cleaning but then it will be at least 2 weeks without a camera.

I have a Bare Bones bag as well. Probably an older version. They are very nice, somewhat water resistant and hold a ton of gear without bulk. Lack of padding is not an issue for me, just worried about sensor dust.







Feb 03, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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p.587 #15 · p.587 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


douglasf13 wrote:
... but I'd say Joe was pretty lucky with his turnaround. Don is kind of legendary bad about turn around time and communication ...

I must have been lucky



Feb 03, 2013 at 02:24 AM
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p.587 #16 · p.587 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joe88 wrote:
I agree, the current EVFs can't replace a window finder, especially where you don't miss the moment at exposure with the rangefinders. I like the idea of a RX1 as a pocket cam, all in one with video and AF, plus the entire RX1 kit cost almost as much as a 35Cron ASPH. Sometimes I rather not take the M9 out depending where I am shooting. As for the RX1 EVF, I was shooting with it this afternoon in bright sunlight and even with the eye cup pressed tight to my eyeglasses, it flared internally with two bright "balls" inside
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Joe, I fully understand about the RX1, I was myself tempted to get one, but the price gets me 2-3 ZM lenses

Unfortunately I didn't keep the GXR, I'm like one camera kind of person I do miss certain aspects, but I can't live with crop sensors. My kind of large ZM 18 becomes a 27. Otherwise if Ricoh makes a FF version, I am almost sure I would get one. Everything was so nicely implemented, I think it had the smartest features in any camera I have used.



Feb 03, 2013 at 03:59 AM
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p.587 #17 · p.587 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


From last night, ZM 35/2:








Feb 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM
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p.587 #18 · p.587 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Nice one Edward!

A few from some fun yesterday in the snow.... With 35cron.
























Feb 03, 2013 at 06:05 AM
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p.587 #19 · p.587 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Nice images, guys

One more from my favorite combo (M9 and 28 Elmarit ASPH)



comments and critics are welcome



Feb 03, 2013 at 07:21 AM
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p.587 #20 · p.587 #20 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Nice work Winston, and welcome to the thread!
Looks like it definitely was fun, Gary!
Good one Edward!

Joe, there may be some hope for a GRD in 2013... (sorry for the OT):

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20130201_585986.html

From the above link:







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