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p.863 #1 · p.863 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks for the well wishes. Winter has been long and I can't wait for it to end, although looking at past few pages, Ron seems to love shooting in the snow and cold.

Also seems like Charles and Ron are doing a Canada vs Australia tree shootout past few pages

Charles, enjoying your recent tree series with the 50DR. Excellent shots, love the first one on p908! Glad you are not giving up on your M240 yet. I'm surprised you gave up the RX1R for the A7R +FE35/2.8.
Allen, always enjoy your various takes of B&W compositions, be it street shots or other still life shots, great eye!
Michael, lovely series from Suzhou. Love the colors. Last time I was there was over 10 years back, came back with a bag full of silk comforters!
Rocky, nice varied set on p.907. Really like your pp and colors.
Manoj, nice shot of the Panamera. I wonder how much it cost over where you are?
Ron, enjoying all of your recent posts and comments with the M240. I'll wait for your report on the grips. I do like the multifunction grip but its quite costly. The loop and handgrip might be an option, but combined, its still 1/2 the price of the multifunction grip.
Edward, ISO3200 shot looking good. Seriously, you have your pp and colors sorted out so well that it would be hard for me to tell apart your A7/M9 and M240 shots.
Joakim, very nice street shots and I like your subtle B&W processing on these.

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Outtakes from an assignment for New York Times magazine last Summer at Yale University.






















CV 21/1.8 and 50Lux pre-ASPH on M240. My 35mm lens was the RX1 and I had a Ricoh GR as backup. No DSLRs

Here's a funny one where I was trying to find some additional angles to shoot but ruined the shot by leaving my b-Laika and RX1 on the chair and tripod on the floor? Ron must be laughing out loud seeing this one








Feb 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM
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p.863 #2 · p.863 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Joe, 10 years? that is long enough fot building a new city in China, the difference will be huge if you go there now.
I enjoy the whole series. Nice color and reportage style.
Joakim, you have been doing great on street I like the first one.



Feb 25, 2014 at 07:22 PM
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p.863 #3 · p.863 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
10 years? that is long enough fot building a new city in China, the difference will be huge if you go there now.


Thanks Michael. China and some parts of Asia probably move too fast for me



Feb 25, 2014 at 07:46 PM
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p.863 #4 · p.863 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
Older sister looks prettier though their grandma (m3) is the prettiest of all .

Nice images, Ron and Edward.


Just means you're getting old(er) and your tastes are changing.



Feb 25, 2014 at 09:40 PM
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p.863 #5 · p.863 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


rscheffler wrote:
Just means you're getting old(er) and your tastes are changing.

Agree! 5 years ago, I thought D3S is the best looking camera
Now I prefer camera a little slimmer and simpler, especially the ones getting older like M3



Feb 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM
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p.863 #6 · p.863 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


@nico, forget to thank you for the advice on the snow highlights, I need to work on that. Very nice shots from you
@rirakuma wonderful series, so rich and deep.
@manoj you got that white car looking fantastic!
@ron love #2 tree with 90/2.5 That lens kills no?
@leonas Very nice set with the ice
@Michael love those aerial 50 lux shots, but I hate them, because like so much of your work, thay make me ache for a 50lux, which is even more unlikely now since......

in a moment of weakness this am I pulled the trigger on an LN 21 SEL. OMG Ken Hansen had a good price on it and I have been lamenting my CV21 on the edges.

I had been holding the big bucks for a 135 APO, but KEH will send me another TE 135 to try, and I have been dreaming of a great 21 35 90 set for riding/hiking/skiing. I almost went biogon, but...oh well.

I like reading the reviews for reassurance ...and seeing Ron's shots this page

@Charles love the trees by the sea
@Joakim: nice work on the street.
@Joe excellent office candids--I love that kind of stuff.







Feb 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM
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p.863 #7 · p.863 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you everyone for kind comments and likes too

Michael, love your series from Suzhou, and the rich PP'ing

Edward, congrats again! Nice evening capture, and 3200ISO is no problem for the M240. I use regularly 6400 ISO combined with Nik Dfine 2.0 for banding removal, with zero NR. IMO the file quality with the M240 at 3200 to 6400 ISO is better than with the A7r. The high ISO noise with the A7r is not pleasing to the eye. As you have mentioned the just having the high ISO ability is only part of the picture, and the ability to use all of the very fast lenses, and lower shutter speeds is what makes the M's unique
I definitely prefer the younger sister with the added sophistication

Ron, another excellent set! Having portable LED's, getting the right WB is not easy. The ICE light I have is very good, and with the adjustment light level.

Joakim, really nice street set! I am liking the connection you are capturing in the images.

Joe, excellent environmental series!!! Yes, Ron and I are having a shoot out over trees between different continents.
My main system without doubt is the M240's as all the M lenses work much better IMO, and the ability to use about 1/30s shutter speed rather than 1/125s on the A7r. I tried to use like the 50 Cron Rigid DR on the A7r, and although the images were very crisp and sharp with increased DR, no amount of PP'ing to them could bring any life to them.

I sold the the RX1r, as Marisa preferred the A7r with the FE 35/55, which is the deciding factor here of course. IMO the RX1r is not as good as the RX1. I originally had the RX1 and loved the color profiles and richness of the tones. After having accidentally dropped the RX1 on its lens, insurance replaced it, and I opted for the RX1r as it was without the AA filter, and meant to identically the same sensor. I don't think the sensor is the same, as it behaves very differently, and this was other main factor for selling the RX1r as it felt very flat and with similar PP'ing workflow the files did not look the same at all!!




Feb 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM
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p.863 #8 · p.863 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread



L1004857 by unoh7, on Flickr
28 cron


L1004803 by unoh7, on Flickr
35 skopar



L1004836 by unoh7, on Flickr
28 cron zone focus



L1004802 by unoh7, on Flickr
CV 35/1.4 @ 1.4



Feb 26, 2014 at 01:14 AM
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Feb 26, 2014 at 01:50 AM
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p.863 #10 · p.863 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Allen - really enjoying your shadow play lately!
Charlie - nice work! Regarding the SEM... you would have ended up with one eventually anyway, might as well just cut to the chase. The Biogon is no slouch, but can't touch the SEM at wider apertures, if you want good across frame sharpness in a flat plane. It's unfortunate the ZM 21/4.5 has such horrible color shift on digital Ms, otherwise it might be the best combination of small size and performance. Regarding 135mm... from the various reviews I've read, there seems to be very little improvement in the latest APO and it might be starting to show its age too. Just saw a comparison of it vs. the ZF 135/2 (on an a7) by Jim Kasson and the Zeiss is probably the level of performance you're looking for, but it's massive (and of course doesn't work nicely on an M9). Point being, there's possibly room for improvement in that focal length whereas the 21 is likely the best on the market at the moment.

rscheffler wrote:
Just means you're getting old(er) and your tastes are changing.


zhangyue wrote:
Agree! 5 years ago, I thought D3S is the best looking camera
Now I prefer camera a little slimmer and simpler, especially the ones getting older like M3


I know exactly what you mean, having come through what seems a very similar progression.... I still like my 1DX, but it's telling me something when I mostly only use it for work now...

My ~3 weeks with the RX10 revealed to me that I can live with a small sensor camera and longer lens combo for the occasional walk around reach I might find lacking with the M system. One option would be to find a decent, 'compact' tele zoom for the M240 (thinking of the Canon FD 80-200/4L), but it'll still be relatively large. So, maybe a smaller format camera & lens combo might be better... like one of the small Panasonics... perhaps a GX7.

Joe - nice to see the NYT outtakes! I've on occasion also left my gear somewhere in the scene and later found it in the images.

Joakim - great set! I think it's the strongest of those you've posted recently.

Sorry, more trees. This from a couple weeks ago, never got around to posting them. I guess what I like here is that the snow masks depth and everything looks to be on a flat plane in a sketch-like manner...

















M240 & 2 x 50 Lux ASPH, 28 Cron



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p.863 #11 · p.863 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks for the comments, Charlie, Charles, Ron and others for the "likes".

Charles, I didn't realize RX1R had different feel to the pp. I expected it to be similar to RX1 but sharper without the AA filter. Wise of you to let her decide on which camera to use, but I always imagined our spouses would prefer a lighter camera, could it be she likes the tilting LCD on the A7r?
Charlie, another nice varied set. You seem to be skiing everyday and have your cameras with you all the time.
Ron, love the contrasting tones and subtle colors on this last tree & snow set, but it looks really cold out there!

rscheffler wrote:
My ~3 weeks with the RX10 revealed to me that I can live with a small sensor camera and longer lens combo for the occasional walk around reach I might find lacking with the M system. One option would be to find a decent, 'compact' tele zoom for the M240 (thinking of the Canon FD 80-200/4L), but it'll still be relatively large. So, maybe a smaller format camera & lens combo might be better... like one of the small Panasonics... perhaps a GX7.

Maybe a gently used X-Vario as a smaller sensor zoom walkabout? I didn't really pay attention to the specs at launch but as soon as I held one in my hands, Leica lust started to take over

So we have grandma (M3), older sis (M9), younger sis (M240). Where does Monochom fit in the family?

Mono + CV 35/1.4 SC







Feb 26, 2014 at 03:47 AM
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p.863 #12 · p.863 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Joe - The Monochrom has always been the black sheep of the family….

A couple more from my walkabout last week.






Canon 50mm f/1.4 ltm






Canon 50mm f/1.4 ltm






Canon 50mm f/1.4 ltm



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Feb 26, 2014 at 04:24 AM
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Ron, indeed I can see your M9 looking a bit grumpy The trees set is quite nice. I especially like the colors and the silhouette in the first and last shots. As for the high iso, undoubtedly the M performance is very good, but there is a clear difference against the Sony, which is probably the current leader. The snow shots are awesome in their abstraction and monochromatic nature. Love this set.

Zhangyue, I agree with you that the M3 is the real beauty. Maybe it's my age too

Joakim, nice b/w set. The monochrome treatment is very appropriate for this subject.

Joe, excellent editorial set. Well done! Indeed I feel equally at home with the files of M, M9 and A7. Maybe because my PP is very simple. But it's interesting that the files have similar color and rendering The monochrome shot looks so much like film. Love the contrast and documentary feel.

Charles, I haven't tested my camera for high iso banding yet, but I will do soon. I agree with you that the A7R high iso files are not as esthetic as the M, but the A7's are actually quite nice and I have used 12,800 at some occasions with noise not too far from the M at 3200.

Charlie, nice b/w portrait.

Allen, love the light and shadow, and texture interplay in your shot.

Gary, you made me laugh with your comment about the Chrom being the black sheep of the family, or is it the black and white sheep? Very nice and clean geometric shapes in the first 2 shots above, very well suited for b/w. The street shot is very nice too.



Feb 26, 2014 at 04:45 AM
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p.863 #14 · p.863 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Charlie, the 28 Cron is a magic lens!! Great portrait, and images
Allen, excellent abstract, and always really enjoy the balance of the light with shadows.
Ron, very nice! Interesting to see the difference in rendering between the 50 Lux an 28 Cron on the trees
Joe, very nice! Great combo of the using the M-M and the 35/1.4 SC, perfect for B&W work.
Gary, love the rendering in all of these shots! I have a feeling the 50 Cron's in generally, particularly the older versions, have a really nice B&W quality combined with the M240.

Shots with M240 and 21 SEM












Feb 26, 2014 at 05:22 AM
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p.863 #15 · p.863 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


35lux FLE at 1.4 from jpeg,slightly cropped:





M9+35lux FLE ISO160 f/1.4



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Feb 26, 2014 at 08:15 AM
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charles.K wrote:
I sold the the RX1r, as Marisa preferred the A7r with the FE 35/55, which is the deciding factor here of course. IMO the RX1r is not as good as the RX1. I originally had the RX1 and loved the color profiles and richness of the tones. After having accidentally dropped the RX1 on its lens, insurance replaced it, and I opted for the RX1r as it was without the AA filter, and meant to identically the same sensor. I don't think the sensor is the same, as it behaves very differently, and this was other main factor for selling
...Show more

Interesting to hear this Charles! Thanks for sharing. I didn't expect the files of the RX1R to be very different from the RX1.



Feb 26, 2014 at 08:45 AM
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p.863 #17 · p.863 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Found out my 2011 M9-P has a bright red dot in the center with a line trough the frame .
Only visible when in high ISO but nevertheless still a bummer....

I contacted leica directly and they told me to sent the camera.

Did anyone had the same thing? How did it work out? Are there much costs involved? And what do they do to solve this?


At the same time I tried to sell my 35 cron asph, but damned those leica lenses. When someone made an offer I scared and decided to keep the lens... Strange thing it feels so hard to just sell a lens I don't even use often..



Feb 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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p.863 #18 · p.863 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Hi Robert,

Your sensor is probably in its last moments. Leica will replace the sensor for free, but if they decide to charge you, it will cost around 1000$.



Feb 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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Jochenb wrote:
Interesting to hear this Charles! Thanks for sharing. I didn't expect the files of the RX1R to be very different from the RX1.


I noticed a difference when I first received the new RX1r, and I thought with PP'ing I could get the same results, but the files are different. Then the results came from DxO, suggesting a difference ISO performance and DR. Maybe Sony are not quite transparent here and the sensors are quite different.

Robert, hopefully the sensor is not fully gone, but just needs a few pixels to be remapped. Usually this only takes a day or two with software. The sensors are very prone to gamma ray, particularly when you travel by plane. After or during a number of trips, I had dead pixels on 3 separate occasions with the M9. In all cases here, it was a short trip, and I hoping it is not a complete sensor replacement!!


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Feb 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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edwardkaraa wrote:
Hi Robert,

Your sensor is probably in its last moments. Leica will replace the sensor for free, but if they decide to charge you, it will cost around 1000$.


Oef... Lets hope they change it for free...



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