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Jonas - looks great! Obviously the photographer knows what he's doing.
Allen & Hilmar - thanks for responding to my query. Hilmar, I know we've discussed the challenges of focus and recompose portraits with the 50 Lux ASPH, so good to know how you feel about the 35 FLE.
Ron, another excellent set with the Sonnar and signages. The deer set is superb, especially the last two shots. Do you really need a 50Lux ASPH?
Thanks Joe! Yes, I still need the 50 Lux ASPH if only because I won't have lingering doubts if using other lenses and wondering how much better the Lux ASPH could be... Now I only have lingering doubts about the 50AA!
Actually, with the deer set, the Sonnar shows weakness at those distances, though not obvious at this resolution. Fine detail isn't well recorded whereas with the the Lux it would be, and off-center compositions would be less troublesome as seen with the Sonnar's rapid drop off in non-central sharpness. But I do find the Sonnar easier to focus precisely due to the longer focus throw.
I still think a set of modern glass is the best way to start and cover all the bases. Then over time, build a complementary 'character' set of lenses to suit specific needs.
The Nikkor is a very nice lens, especially with its Sonnar qualities at nearer distances.
Adam - that's great! Care to give us a general idea of how you managed to find an M so quickly?
Walk in the woods, more Zeiss-Opton 50/1.5 Sonnar:
In another section that has nice grasses that are always well lit by the evening sun, I was getting busy doing bokeh shots when a dog walker came by, who I'd never before met, but turned out to be a bit of a Leica guy himself, though got out of it for AF and autoexposure, etc. After about 15 minutes of chatting, it seemed like he was reconsidering the Leica dilemma. Only drawback was it killed some quality time with the fleeting light..
His dog (not sure about the flare) and chatting with another dog walker:
So then I headed down to the water, first chased the deer around, then liked the clouds over the water, and another guy comes around... this time someone I know from the university here and whom I have photographed a few times for the university. He's also an amateur photographer and was getting set up for the potential sunset.. small world.
Here's one scene shot at or near wide open vs. about 5.6:
There's a nice smoothness/blur quality to the lens wide open that can sometimes work for a scene.