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Fantastic shots everyone! I am truly excited to join you guys in this thread. I have noticed from the bit of reading I've done here, that you all seem to be such a nice cohesive group. I hope to add "something" to this!
My M-E arrived today and I fired off some test shots with my CV 28 1.9 on it. Working out the kinks - these are at all different ISO's and apertures. Wide open this lens is DEAD on with focus (whew - I am glad!). I do have a few questions/issues to ask, though.
1. There seems...Show more →
My guess is after a bit of use, you'll come across a few quirks. As I've said before, be sure it give yourself enough time to really get comfortable with it.
A real test for the rangefinder though is anything 50mm and longer, f/2 and faster.
1: I use a blower bulb first, then a sensor pen for stubborn spots. Then a blower again. If it seems that the spots are persistent, in that they move around with the sensor pen but aren't then blown away, I'll use the Dust-Aid Platinum 'sticky pad' to lift them off the sensor. So far I've been able to avoid wet cleanings, though the few times the camera has been looked at by Leica, they've always wet cleaned the sensor.
2: No, sorry, never had this problem. How much RAM is in your system? If you haven't restarted the computer recently, try that. You may have to buy more RAM to get it working more smoothly. Also wondering how large your image catalog is? I've found this can really bog things down. My solution has been to delete all previews, and it seems to help. But the best solution seems to be to create a separate catalog for each shoot.
3: Yes, I've noticed this, but typically only with longer, more intense shoots.
Purple fringing in tree branches (if that is what you meant): I fear this is a fairly common trait with Voigtlander lenses. Of course it's not just restricted to them, but seems to be most easily provoked. You can probably fix all or most of it in LR4 under the Lens Corrections section. Under the Color tab, play around with the defringe slider. I find around 3-5 usually works OK. Clicking the CA removal box might also help. As does stopping down somewhat rather than shooting at or near wide open.
Your images with it look good. The first one in particular has a feel to it I find is a typical signature from the M9 in terms of contrast/tonality and color.
Gary, wow, ISO 3200 looks great here. Love the tones and detail. The SEM rocks!
Ryan, thanks for the film effects samples. Seems the key to many of these is to crush the deep shadow values to black.
Edward, Charles - very nice!
Allen, love the arch image. Very dramatic. My mind is telling me this was at night, though the nature of the light in the foreground says it could be strong late day sidelight... and you used a red and polarizer to knick the sky to black... been awhile since I've been there.
Sorry for not commenting more... was away for a number of days with limited internet, but have gone through and added my 'likes.' Some photos to come soon, hopefully...