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| p.844 #4 · Leica M8/M9/X1 Picture Thread |
Thanks again guys!
Yeah, the guy on the bench was a lucky find.
Ron, glad you are back! And what a fantastic image! Interesting you pushed clarity up to its limits. I've been rather reluctant to do so but will try it where possible.
Thanks Hilmar! Sorry, I missed your comment earlier. I only added clarity to the top half of the image. Lately I've been toning down my use of clarity. In fact, for many of the wedding images, I had LR 4.4 between -10 and -20 clarity. I find it's a lot more complementary to skin complexion, especially the ladies. There are some B&W conversions I did from my Canon & 85L of the guys where I cranked up clarity a fair amount, because it worked with the higher contrast and harder light.
It's funny how we go through these PP phases. Looking back at my early M9 & ZM lens images, I definitely liked cranking up clarity a lot! But after spending $$$$$ on Leica glass, it does seem a shame to hide their inherent look under a pile of processing...
Phil: which 90 Cron did you get? Seems we're all assuming it's the AA (latest version)? While I haven't used that one, it does seem to have a relatively fast focus throw compared to the older designs, which could make hitting focus more challenging. So far the one time I got to use a 75 Lux and 50/1, I found my hit rate very high because of the longer focus throw. The 85/2 Sonnar is similar with a helicoid specifically designed to allow more precise focus at longer distances, and pretty consistently nailed focus with it, too.
Adrian: The light was a video LED light, so not a large panel. It wasn't mine, so don't recall the specifics, but it was dimmable and you could adjust the WB quality from tungsten to daylight. A larger panel would give a somewhat softer/larger light source look. But it's also one more thing to carry around... I still find a flash to be more useful because it'll output enough power for sunlight fill if needed, and doesn't take up a lot of space in the bag. I use a Canon 600 EX-RT with the M9 because it works with my Canons and has the handy built in radio TTL trigger feature. But it also has an auto-thyristor mode that will automatically adjust light output for different subject distances at a given f/stop, which is very useful with the M9 because I don't want to carry around a separate Leica TTL flash just for it. Yeah, the 600 is too big for the M9, but there are very few auto-thyristor and bounce flashes still available in this age of TTL everything...
Some more to keep the thread moving.
These were all with the 21 Lux. I wasn't using a ND, so the middle three might have been at f/2-2.8, but maybe not. The second was cropped a bit, probably about to a 28mm equivalent. Mostly to cut off the left edge and empty top of the frame. The bridesmaid's body and arm at the left was looking a bit distorted and too wide. The last one was f/11. This lens is pretty versatile, but CA is fairly strong and was pretty evident in the trees of the last image. Fortunately it cleans up in LR with one click. For images like the last shot, I would normally have used the SEM, but for whatever reason, didn't have time to change lenses. If I'm going to stop down past f/2.8 I just like the look/sharpness from the SEM better, as well as the smaller size.