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p.661 #1 · p.661 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joe88 wrote:
Gary, really nice with the ZF lens! Which adapter are you using right now?




Nice Joe! I have seen so many good examples from the 50cron rigid. Must resist. I am using the Kipon adapter. I know I would almost always choose my M mount lenses over an adapter, SLR lens, and EVF anyday. It is more just to see how the results would look....



Jun 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM
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p.661 #2 · p.661 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Here are two b&w interpretations from my the same workshops as the earlier photos. First one with the 35 Lux and second one with the ZM 18 Distagon












Jun 02, 2013 at 03:38 PM
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p.661 #3 · p.661 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


A tribute to joe88's favorite subject...although mine's not as compelling.

50 lux ASPH @ f1.4


L1011551_v1 by dalegaspi, on Flickr



Jun 02, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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p.661 #4 · p.661 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joakim wrote:
Here are two b&w interpretations from my the same workshops as the earlier photos. First one with the 35 Lux and second one with the ZM 18 Distagon


Really like the second one!!



Jun 02, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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p.661 #5 · p.661 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread








M9+APO 90/2 ASPH




Jun 02, 2013 at 06:24 PM
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p.661 #6 · p.661 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Walk this way

35 lux FLE wide open



Jun 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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p.661 #7 · p.661 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Bijltje wrote:
Really like the second one!!

Both nice, but first one get more attention from me, love the lines and dot(sun?) and peaceful feeling. Great!



Jun 02, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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p.661 #8 · p.661 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Nice posts guys

Phil

Mono w/35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH







Jun 03, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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p.661 #9 · p.661 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
Thank you all, I appreciate.
As for 50asph, there are multiple reason for the feeling:
1. Hood is flimsy and not well designed. Now since I put a IR filter I no longer worry scratch front element.
2. Focus tab, affect handling and focus. I drop the lens during changing because I can't firmly hold it.
3. It has gone to leica twice since I own it to adjust focus. It is drift somehow. I feel there might some design flaw in mechanic of the lens that easily drift.
4. Stop down performance, TBH, it is more than I needed, but
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1. I agree it's flimsy. however, i think it's a well-designed built-in hood; the twist-to-lock feature (also found in 75 APO, possible others...too lazy look up) is a neat feature I haven't seen in other non-Leica lenses with built-in hood...of course, I could be mistaken.
2. there are two camps on this. i guess. i personally isn't a fan of the Zeiss ZM tabs and like the tabs on the Leica lenses; you can use just your thumb or pinch one side. that said, i get that the focus tab sometimes gets in the way in just holding the lens because it's large.
3. the 50 ASPH has annoying field curvature, FYI...the drift that you see might be the FC (i'm speculating, of course).
4. it's optimized wide-open. FWIW it's better than any of the high-speed 50's (max f1.8 and higher) that i've tried over the years. YMMV.
5. :-)
6. bokeh is really subjective so whether I agree/disagree with this statement doesn't really count. :-)

i agree, it's the best 50mm f1.4 available *right now*...it will all change when the new Zeiss 55/1.4 comes out, though. not a real threat considering how damn huge it is..lol...



Jun 03, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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p.661 #10 · p.661 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


I think Michael is referencing a drift in the accuracy of the FLE relative to the main groups.

while we're talking about FC tho, the rigid has a substantial unsharpness donut due to field curvature. it is an interesting lens, but I found the f2 performance extremely lacking compared to a modern M mount 50, and I hated not having a tab (I had DR version). I agree it keeps contrast at very high frequencies in a way that the Japanese lens makers at the time were unable to replicate.

but, a flat field can lead to a boring look. I think the Lux ASPH excels at typical RF subject matter, like Michael's excellent picture of his daughter.



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p.661 #11 · p.661 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Wow, Phil, that image POPS!

IMO the 50 Lux ASPH hood design is terrible for the way I handle lenses, which is to pull them out and put them back into the camera bag by holding the hood. The Lux's hood would be merely OK if it actually locked in place while extended, but it doesn't and when I'd be handling it, it would invariably be partially extended and give me a poor handle on the lens, particularly with gloves in the winter. Then I discovered after the hood FELL OFF my Lux, that the whole thing is held on with one TINY screw and what looks like some glue (that had dried up). The hood assembly also includes the front name ring and the filter thread, so after that fell off, I had to gaffer tape that part of the lens back on so that I could at least still use ND filters and a screw-on no-name hood. The lesson here is that continual stress on the front of the lens, such as handling via the lens hood or a screwed-on attachment, will very likely cause this failure.

Most of my other Leica lenses use screw-on metal hoods, which are great for my type of handling. The 28 Cron's clip on hood is O...K... but I fear it's starting to come apart too

Back to the Lux ASPH... I bought mine used and it arrived kind of wobbly. Leica serviced it and it was nice and tight. Now it's beginning to wobble again very slightly...



Jun 03, 2013 at 01:54 AM
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p.661 #12 · p.661 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Ron!

I love reading what others opinions are on the 50, excuse my ignorance fellows

Phil



Jun 03, 2013 at 02:26 AM
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p.661 #13 · p.661 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Gary.

Edward, the ZM50P building shot looks good, can't really see anything wrong with it, actually a very nice shot! Also, nice pop and colors on the chair shot.
Joakim, the 2nd ZM18 shot is excellent, really like the composition with the curved waves leading up.
Dexter, thanks..hehe, that is a nice trike shot with an excellent lens
Leonas, really nice portrait with the 90AA.
Allen, its almost as if you have two personalities with the street shots and the still life abstracts, nice shot! Can tell you are having a good time shooting the Monochrom.
Phil, wow! my screen almost popped out at me, superb!

rscheffler wrote:
The Lux's hood would be merely OK if it actually locked in place while extended...

I tend to agree, the built in hood is a good concept but I would prefer if they could be twisted and locked in place. Many times shooting halfway, the hood would have collapsed back in to the body without knowing, and it happened on these lenses I used: 50Lux pre-ASPH & ASPH, Nocti 1.0, 75Lux, 50Cron

... but otherwise, lenses are supposed to be simple mechanical devices, except if they have a floating lens element. Here's a pic of a 35Cron 8 element under refurbishment, Michael would be interested?







Shot on a Ricoh GR, hope you don't mind me sharing. Also might be interesting to some of us, according to Youxin Ye, Leica has a history of making changes to cameras and lenses depending on batches, it is not necessarily newer serial # that is "better" mechanically, sometimes components or minor construction details change for reasons that makes things worse. On some of the older lenses such as the 50Cron Rigid, Youxin was telling me that a certain serial # series were the best constructed and with least problems, and it was not the last batch. The takeaway is, we should not rely on newer serial # to judge condition of Leica equipment. Case in point, the Leica M3, its still amongst the best made Leica M camera to date.

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Canon 50 1.8 ltm











Improvised lens test











Works great for high contrast scenes









Jun 03, 2013 at 03:04 AM
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p.661 #14 · p.661 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


rscheffler wrote:
IMO the 50 Lux ASPH hood design is terrible for the way I handle lenses, which is to pull them out and put them back into the camera bag by holding the hood...


I prefer the collapsible design of the 90AA - no twisting needed and the hood firmly stays either collapsed or extended.

Your pictures from the airport are amazing.



Jun 03, 2013 at 03:56 AM
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p.661 #15 · p.661 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


A few from an outing today to an outdoor art exhibit.....






Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 ltm






Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 ltm






Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 ltm






Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 ltm




Jun 03, 2013 at 04:07 AM
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p.661 #16 · p.661 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Dale, The hood can be personal opinion as you and some others seems like it, and Ron and myself and others not. The same thing with Tab. Usually, I need a tool to be reliable and robust to get my trust. The drift has nothing to do with FC, I bought it brand new, and it was OK with slightly back focus at mid range, then, the back focus become more and more to the point I need send to Leica. It is not easy to compensate, as I mentioned earlier that it can work at MFD, and slightly back focus at infinity, and back focus a lot at mid distance. After first service before I went back to China trip, It perform good at all distance. and then, Until I went to Florida trip, AFTER I come back, I notice it back focus again with tons of mis focused pictures. (I don't do Chimp in field) then I drop it because of Tab (my problem though), I have to send to Leica again. It is still with them. How could you rely on it unless I am with M240? But If I bring it with me in any trip in the future, I will test it the night before for each day out. After see many reports on this lens and 75cron, I think I am not alone. Long FL with FLE should be avoided!

Redisburning, 50cron Rigid is my work horse. It is in the other end of spectrum as reliable and dependable. IMO, very important for RF. WO is decent, Stop down is great, It doesn't have brilliance of modern Zeiss or Leica, and not any beautiful Bokeh. I have many Lens will outperform it sharpness at f2 or Bokeh at any distance. But It is a great tool let me focus on content than Lens itself. Some lens just get my love I guess. By putting a clamp on Hood, I never worry about it. Just focus on photography It will be my goto lens for next decade.

Mirek, with almost all my Leica R lens have pull out hood, I much prefer Zeiss approach on this. I need something can survive Bump and mishandling. I hate leave my cap on. Lens like 35cron R is very scary with front element easily be scratched with that pull out shallow hood.

Ron, I also like the Airport shots very much. the process is superb.
Allen, like that abstract shot.
Edward, I also like that BW building shot.
Phil, I agree with others about that BIKE shot, which 35lux ASPH, fle or prefle?
Joe, Thanks for the information about Leica old lens. It seems match my experience in my PM to you Buy from established member here is always a good idea than B&S member only. Like that Lib shot of your wife and son. sweet moment.
Gary, the first two have really good composition and color.

some more 50lux from Shanghai Airport
























Jun 03, 2013 at 05:25 AM
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p.661 #17 · p.661 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
Yeh ,but I can't use M lens on DSLR, and won't use SLR lens on M. So, not much fun to me


yeah, i was saying that it was more fun when you could argue safely knowing nobody could ever prove you wrong since the lenses couldn't be compared directly. on a related note, i compared the 50 lux pre-asph and jupiter-3 to my rokkor 58/1.2 at infinity yesterday and was rather disappointed by the results.

oh, and regarding hoods, i much prefer collapsing ones because any other type of hood will stay in the box for me.



Jun 03, 2013 at 05:31 AM
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p.661 #18 · p.661 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


sebboh wrote:
yeah, i was saying that it was more fun when you could argue safely knowing nobody could ever prove you wrong since the lenses couldn't be compared directly. on a related note, i compared the 50 lux pre-asph and jupiter-3 to my rokkor 58/1.2 at infinity yesterday and was rather disappointed by the results.

oh, and regarding hoods, i much prefer collapsing ones because any other type of hood will stay in the box for me.


I assume Rokkor win? It doesn't matter now as I just bought that Rokkor (It has been in my mind for long enough) even before my Canon body in.

As for Hood, I am not surprised and very tolerable to individual's choice



Jun 03, 2013 at 05:52 AM
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p.661 #19 · p.661 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
I assume Rokkor win? It doesn't matter now as I just bought that Rokkor (It has been in my mind for long enough) even before my Canon body in.

As for Hood, I am not surprised and very tolerable to individual's choice


yeah, the rokkor handily beats the two fast range finder 50s in sharpness and contrast at infinity. in the corners the rokkor is sharper at f/1.2 than the lux is at f/5.6. i would chalk it up to the trouble with rangefinder lenses on the NEX-7 except that i threw the 40 cron into the mix too and it did much better despite being more likely to have corner issues on the NEX-7 on paper. the jupiter-3 is actually sharper in the center at f/1.5 than the lux at f/1.4 but that changes a lot at f/2 and below where the lux is sharper everywhere.

hope you like the rokkor btw. did you get the metal focus ring version or rubber?



Jun 03, 2013 at 06:05 AM
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Metal one! I prefer it's look and handling. That is part of the reason I choose zeica!


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