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Excellent Ryan! OK, I must have missed this entirely, but where does one find an 82mm filter adapter for the 21 Lux?
Allen - very appealing portrait!
Winston - lovely! Also nice moment of the couple from your previous post.
Doug - not boring at all. In fact, very informative. There is a slight difference, but definitely for the better. And something to keep in mind. For me though, it would be extremely difficult to give up EXIF focal length info. I change lenses quite frequently and would likely forget which shots were with which lens. Would have been nice if Leica allowed the camera to read the coding for EXIF but disable corrections. But this seems to be the best solution for the ISO-less method.
Charles - very masterful use of the Nocti! Love how he's holding the book too.
Gary, the B&W looks good! I agree about burning down the sky a bit.
Andrew - looks good, looking forward to more!
Joe - very nice feel.
Jabberwockt - congrats on the Konica. Regarding the CV40/1.4, I think it's best at near distances and where you want some slight wider aperture dreaminess and can tolerate potentially 'active' background bokeh. IMO it's not an ideal lens for scenes where you want good across-frame performance with relatively high micro contrast and detail. Its strong field curvature combined with SA conspire against such results. But I would suggest not giving up on it too quickly. Try it for some portraiture, for example.
Hilmar - excellent pop, as Michael pointed out!
Michael - I'm going to save you $7000. Take a look at this 50 Lux ASPH portrait done at f/2 in Hilmar's Flickr stream and compare it against the neighbouring image done with the 50AA. Hilmar is very kind to upload full-rez files to allow 100% comparisons. I would like to point out that CENTRALLY, the 50 Lux ASPH at f/2 appears to be nearly identical to the 50AA wide open at these distances. From this one comparison it also appears to blur the background slightly more, and might be about 1/3 stop brighter to boot. Where I think we both agree, is the Lux will stumble if you were to compose with the subject placed based on rule of thirds. What you will note with Hilmar's 50AA portraits at full rez, is that when the subject's eyes are off center, wide open sharpness at that point is excellent.
Or, spend that money on a 50/1. It will give you character! I can only comment on the 50/0.95 based on what I've seen here and on various other sites, but it *seems* to be a faster version of the Lux ASPH in terms of overall characteristics/rendering, but of course with more background blur.
Regarding the 50 Lux pre-ASPH questions, perhaps Andrew can chime in since he has one.. That said, I used one once at the Munich Leica store and was able to compare it against my Lux ASPH. I don't recall the serial number on it and therefore am not sure if it was the very earliest version of the Lux, which apparently is not quite as optically desirable as the second version. The sales guy said it was an 'overpriced collector's' lens, so not sure where that placed it, other than it was around 2500 Euro, IIRC.
50 Lux non-ASPH:
50 Lux ASPH (cropped a bit for framing consistency):
50 f/1.5 Summarit:
My feeling based on the above as well as Andrew's images, is the non-ASPH has a bit more background 'structure' to the blur than the ASPH.
Nice set from Savannah. I also like the first couple the most. The first one really pops. And I agree, it's looks like a tough way to make money. Maybe even worse than as a photographer...