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Thanks Joakim, Michael
Joakim, nice set and I like the composition with the smooth bokeh balls on the first shot. Also like the framing on the 3rd street shot, well done!
Michael, excellent series of shots from your trip to China since I last posted awhile back. This last set with the flare on that 50Cron rigid shot adds to the artistry look. Excellent.
Was busy with Leica R lens on my D700
So, you're part of the reason R lenses prices are going up? Which lenses do you have now?
I'm also looking at one or two R lenses, mostly for shooting videos on a GH2 and possibly for use with the new M. While I love the rendering of some of my M glass for video work (especially the 28Cron which is superb for videos on m43), the short focus throw and especially the focus tab makes some of these M lenses not really ergonomic for follow focus. While many of the older R lenses are not as sharp as the newer M glasses, they do look very cinematic and have a nice long focus throw.
What kind of event that is?
Provincetown Carnival Parade
Since I donít have MM, I can only guess. but my feeling is: they will perform beautifully. Their weakness is color and flare, but their strong point to me is resolution and low to medium contrast, which is the exact strong point to use on MM. none of modern leica lens I used so far have that (low to medium contrast).
Yes, old classic glass looks great on the MM. I actually enjoy using lenses like the 50Cron, 90 Tele-E, etc with the MM. The problem I have (its not really a problem, its more nitpicking), is that if I make a set or series of pictures combining shots with both ASPH and older Leica glass, the ASPH shots looks more contrasty and sharper than the older lenses, ie the difference seems more apparent on the MM than the M9, even if I convert M9 shots to B&W. So it takes a bit more work to match the pictures in a series. Does that makes sense?
If you are unsatisfied with 50cron, I doubt Planar 50 will bring anything extra on the table.
I'm thinking of the Planar 50 mainly for flare suppression for studio/strobe pictures, otherwise I am very happy with the current 50Cron. With the 50Cron, any bright light source from the rear or sides will cause veiling flare across the center of the frame. Its fine for artistic shots, but when I want to make a technical "sharp" shot with minimal flare, ie studio portraits, the 50Cron is really showing its age.
Here's an example. This is with a strobe left and reflector right but no other light source at the rear. As soon as I add a hair light or background light, the situation gets complicated and I need to think of barn doors, etc. From what I read, the 50 Planar has better flare suppression? Else maybe I should just cancel my order the the new M and get a 50Cron AA instead
This is another example with the 90 Tele-E with just a pocket strobe & umbrella left and reflector right. I really like this lens for portrait use but as with the 50Cron, I have to be very careful with flare. Even with the older 90 Tele-E which is approx 1/10 of the price of my 90Cron AA, the M9 still resolves really well for a 3 year old camera, don't you think? I actually had to dial down clarity in LR4 for this shot.