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p.597 #1 · p.597 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


edwardkaraa wrote:
Robert, my M9 has a noticeable 3 stops shutter detents, with the hardest one when you take the shot. If you put it on soft, it gets slightly better, but not as good as it was on my M6 and Zeiss Ikons. However placing my index flat on the camera top plate reduces the resistance quite a lot.



I tried it again today and noticed I also have my indexfinger flat on the shutter. I also don't use the tip of my finger but the first Sesamoid bone (hop this is the good translation) making it really easy to press the shutter.

Using the top of my finger really makes it harder to press the shutter.

zhangyue wrote:
Bijltje, you might be right that my camera is due for CLA. which I just did 4 month ago. I don't feel it concern me like this before, and I can hold my 90mm at 1/30sh to get decent results before.


In 4 months it should not get so dirty. Edwards flat finger technique () might be the trick
90mm at 1/30 sounds good to me.



Feb 13, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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p.597 #2 · p.597 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks for comment, guys. I think I have been using flat finger technique on and off for a while. If I really concern about shake, use 2s timer whenever it is possible before I send in my M9 Again, since my 50lux is off in mid range again.

Now a new question: I tested my 50mm lens on hand yesterday lunchtime. I bought another 50cron Rigid during recent camera fair. since it is even earlier with different focus ring. more prettier, similar with DR version. I will upload a pic for both of them to make it clear later.

I notice: with 1M range,focus is about right. Infinity is also about right. (my lux always slightly pass infinity even after adjust from Leica NJ) but 3M range, all of them back focused. Is that possible? I think it might lead to body problem since all three lens have similar behavior. Any comments?

One thing might interesting you is I almost get exact performance between two 50cron, That is definite something you want expect from Leica. You expect almost exact performance even after 50 year. What a impressive quality control.

I also confirm that 50lux is incredible sharp infinity. sharper than 50cron at f2. I see alias/moire WO on the roof infinity within 12mm cycle. That is match their published MTF. but not in 1M range, it has about the same sharpness as my 50cron. Both 50cron rigid is also very good center at f2, has moire in center as well at f2, but only 4-5mm cycle. At f5.6-f8, they are slightly worse than 50lux overall(very minor), but at 3/4 frame 50lux FC dip zone, 50cron actually better.

To surmise a little based on my personal experience along with Ron's feedback, if you think 50lux can do wonder WO during normal shooting,(.7-2M range portrait) you will be disappointed. it will not perform much better than 50 sonnar, pre-ASPH or even sharp 1.4 lens from other manufacture. Unless you shoot f1.4 landscape or do art reproduction in dark museum. its in focus plane seems cover 10-12mm cycle, bigger than most lens I have, that is huge plus to me. it also has very smooth Bokeh, smoother than almost any other lens I have seen.

I feel its outstanding performance really show up with the distance increased. so it will be very good after 3M range give you nice isolation and low light performance. a MedFomat look. I also like its Bokeh at that range much better since it give a little more background shape than blur blur and blur.

Ryan, another exotic lens from you. It is a incredible setup. Love that flare.
Airfrog, nice portrait!
Edward, love to see you in action. That is very 3D. must be from some fancy glass!
Winston, Another wonderful BW.

Here are few more 21




























Feb 13, 2013 at 07:04 PM
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p.597 #3 · p.597 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


lenticular, thank you
Allen, very nice portrait!
Edward, caught in the act
Winston, nice image from Jakarta harbour.
Michael, wonderful images! The colours and composition are amazing



Feb 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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p.597 #4 · p.597 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Zhangyue, thanks! Nice portrait of the kids and architectural shots esp no. 1 and 2.
Ryan - artistic fisheye shot! Love photo #1!
Edward - nice to see you in action
airfrogusmc - good shot of the doctor
Charles - many thanks, Sir!



Feb 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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p.597 #5 · p.597 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Here's my attempt on a high contrast BW from M9, 35/1.2 Nokton II taken in Fremantle, WA:




Feb 14, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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p.597 #6 · p.597 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks guys!

Edward - nice wrap to the series and great to see one of you in action. You don't look at all intimidating with that nice M set-up. What was Helimat shooting with, out of interest?
Allen - very nice environmental portrait. Great tones and light quality. This could be for an annual report, etc... would be great to have a client accept straight B&W images!
Ryan, wow, that's a very cool addition to the system! Great images too!
Another couple nice ones Winston! The lighthouse looks great!

Michael - nice set with the church, but the one of your kids in the flowers is excellent!
If your rangefinder is off in the middle with all of the lenses you tried, then I would suspect it might be the camera?
Great observations about the 50 Lux ASPH to which I agree. I'm not so much disappointed about the near distance sharpness though because at least for me, other than the 'for fun' walk around stuff I shoot at that distance, it's mostly people photos where the less edgy sharpness/contrast is complementary. As I've mentioned, the ZM50/2 has more snap at this distance. Maybe the new 50AA as well, though so far most samples from it have been at farther distances. The thinking might have been that it's a low-light reportage lens and this near-distance performance is an acceptable compromise. It is great to be able to shoot it wide open or very moderately stopped down and get really good infinity results. It just reinforces my opinion that the Lux are dual-character lenses wide open vs. stopped down. And the 50 Lux ASPH adds a near and far twist.
During one of my visits to the Munich Leica store I spent a bit of time trying various older 50mm lenses and the 50 Lux non-ASPH had a really nice character to it. Andrew had one during our meeting, but I didn't try it (too preoccupied with the Nocti and 75 Lux )




Feb 14, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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p.597 #7 · p.597 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


From that sculpture in the Distillery District...


50 Lux ASPH:







Feb 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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p.597 #8 · p.597 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Might as well roll over to a new page.

75 Lux:











50 Lux ASPH:





















75 Lux:






I don't remember exactly, but I think the above shots were in the f/2-2.8 range because exposure was too hot wide open. You can see the shape of the aperture in the 50 Lux blur circles. Didn't bring the ND with me... oh well. Also, these would have mostly been around minimum focusing distance.



Feb 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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p.597 #9 · p.597 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Ron, nice geometry and again an excellent comparison between the lenses of gods

Warming up each other - M9, 28 Elmarit ASPH




Feb 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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p.597 #10 · p.597 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Winston, nice shot of the lighthouse and the couple
Ron, love these abstracts! From these shots I prefer the 50 Lux. How are you liking the 50 Nocti/75 Lux?

For comparisons with the 50 Nocti f/1.0 and 75 Lux for portraits, I had series of shoots with these two lenses last year. I have posted some of the shots before, but the link for the complete 50 Nocti f/1.0 gallery is here: http://kalnins.zenfolio.com/p926353418
And the complete 75 Lux gallery is here:
http://kalnins.zenfolio.com/p787738288. With the 75 Lux gallery are some 24 Lux shots interspersed



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p.597 #11 · p.597 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Ron, I think you are right about either loving or hating the Voigtlander 40, I have yet decide yet which. Michael, the bokeh in that shot with your daughter is very dreamy.

In the meantime, here is a shot from the Konica M-Hexanon 35/2.0 (I received an unusual request to take some photo somewhere i wouldnt usually)


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Feb 14, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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p.597 #12 · p.597 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Allen, nice shot! I think many will agree that Leica is often associated with the medical industry and doctors
Edward, I can spot a seasoned photographer's pose from a mile away - well balanced, nimble, adjusting framing, looking cool - all of which you are doing in that shot
Winston, nice shot of the port. Interesting dark tones on the lighthouse shot and good catch on the couple.
Michael, where is that camera fair?? I need to pay them a visit. Nice set with the ZM21 #2 is my favorite.
Ron, nice flare on the 50Lux shot. The 75Lux appears to have more "character"?
Jabberwockt, nice shot with the Konica 35/2. Have you experienced any focus shift on your copy of this lens on the M9?
Charles, thanks for sharing those pics!

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One from the archive taken at Corea, Maine

M9 50Lux ASPH














Feb 14, 2013 at 04:02 AM
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p.597 #13 · p.597 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


^That's quite some fog.

I haven't notice focus shift, but I haven't seriously tested for it either. My copy has been sent to DAG and calibrated for F2, add to that i mostly shoot at either wide open or stopped down quite a bit, it's not something I'll probably notice in normal shooting.

Here's a mundane but less morbid shot with the same lens if you are considering it. I think the Zeiss 35 biogon may be better all around choice though:

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Feb 14, 2013 at 04:13 AM
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p.597 #14 · p.597 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Well after a major computer crash, and a multi day restore - I am back up and running.

I had a great day shooting in Toronto with Ron. He is he master of detail, I can only offer my humble view of things.































More to come.

Andrew



Feb 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.597 #15 · p.597 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Jabberwockt, the rendering looks really nice on that second shot. We don't see too many pics taken with Konica M lenses posted on this thread. Please keep sharing. With the prices of Hexanon-M lenses these days, I kind of agree, the Zeiss ZM might be a better alternative.

Andrew, very nice set. The first shot with the pre-ASPH 50 is really nice, love the rendering. You just switched to a Leica ME?




Feb 14, 2013 at 04:38 AM
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p.597 #16 · p.597 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Andrew - those are quite nice and I really like the subtle color treatement. How do you find the 50lux pre-ASPH compares to the ASPH version?

Here is one from Melbourne. Trying to learn some B&W but it can be challenging to get the balance just right...









Feb 14, 2013 at 04:47 AM
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p.597 #17 · p.597 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Joe, thanks! That's a seriously foggy photo you have
Andrew - the first shot is superbly executed in term of composition and color!
Gary - That's a good conversion already. You could try reducing the highlight in the sky a bit, but it's just a matter of taste. the subject is already well balanced, IMO.



Feb 14, 2013 at 05:22 AM
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p.597 #18 · p.597 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


I'm sorry for not commenting on your pictures because I'm too busy with my work.

Here are two images featuring the new Summicron 50 APO at close distance:














Feb 14, 2013 at 05:58 AM
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p.597 #19 · p.597 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Nice portraits, esp #1. Nice lens too


Feb 14, 2013 at 06:11 AM
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p.597 #20 · p.597 #20 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks for comments, guys.
Ron, another nice set, beautiful rendering and color. I don't have complain about 50lux anymore. At first, I put too much expectation on it from reputation and its MTF, so I feel a little disappointed first. But TBH, it is more than enough sharpness for me at any range so was my zeiss sonnar, leica r lux etc.
Winston, good use of shadow.
Andrew, those rendering is beautiful. Color is great too.
Andy, the monk shot has great perspective.
Hilmar, I wish I can afford this lens, those portrait POP. This is the lens I really want to own, the problem is It can't replace 50lux for low light and DOF mid range mentioned earlier
. I thought about my dream for having .95 and this one, but again 50lux is way lighter than .95, so still you want 50lux anyway. Leica really know how to get money from rich people or hobbist can't control their desire. We poor guys.

Joe, thanks for your comments. I forget answer your earlier comments about tweak red channel, I tweak almost all the Chanel until to my like inLR. Mostly green(grass), yellow(flower),orange(skin), and red(dress). The camera fair is called photo fair in san Jose, twice a year here, but most are low end and very old film stuff with several table with Leica stuff, but they are not cheap. I guess if you do some research, there must be something similar in your area.

From iPhone, sorry for typo.



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