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p.696 #1 · p.696 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Oops, thanks Ryan. Somehow double posted while editing the content... Really like your B&Ws above, and the roots are a very cool find.












M9 & 21 SEM, Canon 50/1.4 LTM.



Jul 10, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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p.696 #2 · p.696 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Very nice work, Ryan and Ron!

Got back my Sonnar today. Here's a test shot wide open:


M9 Zeiss 85 Sonnar by edward karaa, on Flickr



Jul 10, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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p.696 #3 · p.696 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Edward, beautiful shot. Love the rendering of that lens. My first thought was if you also shot that with an MM. Did they fix the focus? Sure looks so based on that shot


Jul 10, 2013 at 07:07 PM
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p.696 #4 · p.696 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you very much Ryan!

The first thing I noticed is that they replaced the bayonet mount with a slightly thicker one, which is not a Zeiss one. Not sure if it's a Voigtlander or just a generic one. The close range focus is now absolutely perfect, but the RF patch is showing infinity focus a few mm before the infinity hard stop, my tests showed this is clearly incorrect as the lens is sharpest at the hard stop. Very curiously though, several hours later, the RF suddenly is working correctly both at infinity and close range, so it might have been a tiny piece of dirt causing this. I am quite happy with this lens now. More shots to come tomorrow



Jul 10, 2013 at 07:24 PM
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p.696 #5 · p.696 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Great to hear Edward! Please post more with that lens!


Jul 10, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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p.696 #6 · p.696 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Mitch Alland wrote:
Absolutely, I think that the M9 has fantastic color rendition; and must say that I never took to M8.2 that I had for some nine months a few years ago.

—Mitch/Bangkok
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Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...


Thanks Mitch. I've posted on Flickr, but I also want to register here how much I like that travelogue book.




Jul 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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p.696 #7 · p.696 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


they are from today, but now I am tiered and need to go to bed ;-)






















Jul 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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Jul 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM
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p.696 #9 · p.696 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


This thread moves so fast!
Mitch, I prefer #1, but with maybe more accent on the faces as it makes for an interesting composition. I prefer the lighting in #2.
Ryan, very nice first set, but love the second series!!!
Ron, really nice! I do love the 21 SEM shot
Edward, magic portrait! The ZM 85 is an amazing lens.
Peter, wonderful captures, particularly the last three
Airfrog, beautiful B&W tonality!



Jul 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
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p.696 #10 · p.696 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Charles....

M Monochrom, 35 lux FLE and red filter.



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p.696 #11 · p.696 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


I picked up an inexpensive CV15/4.5 to use on the GXR, but thought I'd try it out on the M9, just for fun. I have no 15mm VF so just guesswork on framing and the shots needed Cornerfix as well.









Cropped a bit and processed with SilverFX














Jul 11, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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p.696 #12 · p.696 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Couple with Leica lenses.




Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH






Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH




Jul 11, 2013 at 03:56 AM
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p.696 #13 · p.696 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Finally a couple with GXR and the CV15 for comparison












Jul 11, 2013 at 03:59 AM
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p.696 #14 · p.696 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you Gary, will do

Peter, very nice set. Like them all!

Allen, beautiful shot. Love the dramatic sky and perspective.

Charles, thanks for the comments

CVickery, the CV 15 looks excellent. How extreme is the color shift? Easy to remove with cornerfix?



Jul 11, 2013 at 04:29 AM
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p.696 #15 · p.696 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


rscheffler wrote:
Interesting that you wrote this, because before reading your comment, that is what drew me to #1 over #2 - the tension. Despite the hidden man's visible shoulder, I still prefer #1. While there is not an obvious activity, if any at all, happening in the image, there are several subjects each looking at different things, implying there is something happening, somewhere. And I like that the man second from left is looking at the camera, connecting the viewer to the scene...


charles.K wrote:
...Mitch, I prefer #1, but with maybe more accent on the faces as it makes for an interesting composition. I prefer the lighting in #2...


Ron/Charles, thanks. Yes, it's interesting that most people would prefer No. 2 because it does have better lighting — just moving a couple of steps to the right the lighting from the overhead fluorescent light was brighter and better — and there is more of a "story"; but the tension of No. 1, seems to me, gives greater impact and psychological depth, and is more in line with what I like to express.



charles.K wrote:
...Edward, magic portrait! The ZM 85 is an amazing lens...


Yes, I agree that there is a depth and beauty to Edward's B&W portrait; but I don't think it's the lens — it's the photographer, and I hope it's the woman who's inspiring him, or at east the light, and not the friggin lens.



Guys, I'm surprised that no one reacted to the second part of my post p740#20, which identified a major bug in Lightroom 5.



lenticular11 wrote:
Thanks Mitch. I've posted on Flickr, but I also want to register here how much I like that travelogue book.


lenticular11, thanks for you comment on flickr. I've got two book projects of which I printed out four dummies at a local printer at a cost of about US$100 each. Obviously that's too expensive to be commercial. I've considered using Blurb or another service for self-publishing, but the problem is that the pages are sized 10.0 x 6.7 inches (25.4 x 16.9 cm) on which the photos are printed full bleed — and I cannot find ant online book printing service of the Blurb type that that can do the 3:2 page size ratio full bleed. There would always be some margin; and I feel strongly, for the style of the photography as well as the nature of the content, the pages should be printed full bleed. But it's very hard these days to find a publisher to publish these books. In Paris, a friend of mine contacted a classmate who had taken over the management of a well-known photo and art book publisher that had seen better days and which she was trying to rebuild to see whether this company could publish my Paris au rhythme de Basquiat and Other Poems [download link for book project] book project; but she said that there was no way that she could afford to publish the book of an unknown photographer. The other problem is that I simply don't have the time to try aggressively to look for a publisher. And there is the issue of whether my two book projects deserve to be published, which, of course, you can judge for yourself.

Note: the other book project is Bangkok Hysteria (download link for book project). These two links are for downloading PDF files of the book projects.

—Mitch/Bangkok
Bangkok Obvious [WIP]
Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...



Jul 11, 2013 at 04:31 AM
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p.696 #16 · p.696 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Edward,
The color-shift and vignetting are pretty extreme. Here's the shot I used to make the profile, so you can see what the software is dealing with. Making the profile was trivial...I just held a Whitebalance filter over the lens and shot at a cloudy sky at f8. Using the software is easy as well, just open the DNG using the profile, then save it (software modifies the name).

I was shocked how well it turned out. The lens was quite inexpensive, it's the older LTM version, no rangefinder coupling, no filters (can't actually). I'm not much of a wide angle shooter, but I think I may need to get a VF so I have the option..







Jul 11, 2013 at 04:53 AM
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p.696 #17 · p.696 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Mitch Alland wrote:
Yes, I agree that there is a depth and beauty to Edward's B&W portrait; but I don't think it's the lens — it's the photographer, and I hope it's the woman who's inspiring him, or at east the light, and not the friggin lens.

Guys, I'm surprised that no one reacted to the second part of my post p740#20, which identified a major bug in Lightroom 5.



Thank you very much for the kind words, Mitch! You know we are all here kind of lens fetichists

As for LR5, I don't think many are using it extensively yet. I myself still didn't upgrade from LR4.4.




Jul 11, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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p.696 #18 · p.696 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


CVickery, that looks pretty good actually. I have seen much worse from the Zeiss 21/4.5. I never was able to make good profiles for cornerfix, but I realize the secret is to use the WB attachement. Shooting white walls doesn't really work.

I don't think you need RF coupling with this FL. The 4K++ Zeiss 15/2.8 isn't coupled either.

As for the VF, you might want to get an M240 and use live view



Jul 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
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p.696 #19 · p.696 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Edward, yeah the Zeiss 21/4.5 is troublesome. I had one I used on my M8, and it needed a fair bit of correction there. Great lens on B&W film though.

I'll give some consideration to your suggestion to getting the M240 rather than the VF, but I suspect it'll have some trouble getting by the 'budget committee'



Jul 11, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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p.696 #20 · p.696 #20 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


edwardkaraa wrote:
...As for LR5, I don't think many are using it extensively yet. I myself still didn't upgrade from LR4.4.


For me, the major reason to upgrade is the new Radial Filter facility, which allows you to add circular or elliptical shapes, whose size and orientation and feathering you can change — then you can burn or dodge with much better control than with Adjustment Brush. No reason to have to resort to Viveza for dodging and burning any more.

The Spot Removal Tool has also been improved.

—Mitch/Bangkok
Bangkok Obvious [WIP]
Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...



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