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Justin - great moment!
Joakim - I'm partial to the two B&Ws. Sorry to hear about your lens back focusing. Based on the test shot, it sure looks to be. This is kind of a tricky situation. Ideally, I think sending everything in is best, but it might be worth trying just the lens at first so it doesn't put you completely out of commission for a few weeks. My experience with this was when I needed the 50 Lux calibrated, I initially sent it only with the body, which resulted in issues with my other lenses... Sending everything in got the 50 Lux perfect and subsequent Leica lenses I purchased new - the 28 Cron and 21 SEM - have both been good too... but my 21 Lux and 90 Summarit both back focus, despite being sent in with the camera and 50 Lux. The 21 Lux I can live with because the depth of field is not excessively narrow, even wide open, and I can compensate in the rangefinder on the fly. The 90 is a bit more problematic, but I don't use it that much and when I do it's often near infinity stopped down landscapes, and the infinity hard stop is accurate...
Congrats on the 28 Cron! Is it new or used? If new, I wonder if there is an option to exchange it. From what the guys at the Munich Leica store told me, even if it's used, so long as it's a 6-bit coded lens, Leica will recalibrate it at no charge... at least that's what I remember and my German comprehension isn't perfect, so can't promise 100%. Also, for US area readers, I'm not sure if Leica USA honors this.
Regarding focus accuracy... I think a few of my lenses are starting to drift to back focus as well, and I suspect the camera. But the funny thing is, today while out in about -10˚C weather, all of my wide open shots at distance but not near infinity were pretty much bang on. A while ago in the summer, someone suggested temperature might be a factor when I was starting to notice focus issues with the 50 Lux. Maybe there's something to it?
Joe, looks really good considering how much you've pushed the file, and nice job canceling out that magenta shift (probably caused by the weak daylight mixing in).
Edward - love the fence and barbed wire!
We had a nice, sunny and cold day, so went out for a bit of a walk across the frozen nearby marsh and found this pile of tires that were pulled from the water during a recent cleanup, as the sun was setting...
50 Lux ASPH:
All were wide open.