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p.908 #1 · p.908 #1 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Allen, Rocky, Manoj, Ron, Edward and Gary, thank you
Allen, really nice abstract B&W!
Rocky, I love the last shot, and #3!! Excellent mix of complimentary colors
Manoj, the Hex has the smooth rendering, and nice series!
Ron, excellent balance and use of the lenses with the EVF I find the mini thumbs up fine, but it would be better if they made it more defined.
Leonas, #3 looks freezing and cold!

Joe, hope you feel better soon! The Sony's are excellent, with the FE 55 and 35, but the rest of the lens mix, what works and does not, has driven me crazy. I almost purchased some R series lenses, the 28 Elmarit II R, 50 Cron R to gel with the A7r, but then my rational mind kicked in, I have more than enough M lenses, and really for Sony to succeed, they will have to deliver their legacy lens lineup. Fine if you have already a collection of R lenses, but not to be looking at R lenses that are almost as expensive as M lenses!!

Another shot with the M240 and 50 Cron Rigid DR. Gary you are right, this is one of my favorite lenses






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Feb 25, 2014 at 02:30 AM
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p.908 #2 · p.908 #2 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Ron when I had the M and the M grip, it didn't feel as secure to my hands, the older version had a circular profile which felt more secure to me, the rounded triangular profile didn't feel as secure IMO for my med/large hands

Plus it def. adds more bulk to the camera, because the bottom plate has a higher profile for the tripod screw, I rarely used it.

Plus the weight of it was a definitely more noticeable than the M9/grip combo

Hope this helps

Great stuff posted last few pages folks, miss Katie's work

Phil



Feb 25, 2014 at 02:35 AM
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p.908 #3 · p.908 #3 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


rscheffler wrote:
...Still inviting comments on the Leica M grip for the M240... Have you tried it and what did you think?


Like you Ron I wanted to leave the hotshoe open for the EVF. I ended up with a half case from Angelo Pelle with a built in grip since the Leica grips weren't available at the time. It feels OK, not quite a secure as the Thumbsup but manageable. I recently had an opportunity to try the grip and I think it was an improvement over both the bare camera as well as the half case, but I'd want to use it for a few hours not a few minutes to be sure. They are expensive though, I think I paid $99 for my grip for the M7 not the $300+ for the M grip.



Feb 25, 2014 at 03:27 AM
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p.908 #4 · p.908 #4 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


^Edward, sorry I forgot to congratulate you on your new M. How are you liking it so far? Ron the second pic was taken with the v4 noctilux, I'm still having a hard time bonding with the lens but it does have its uses. Joe great to hear you're using your Leica again . Charles great work with the rigid, I have a tabicron but you're making me want one of those. The ability to close focus makes it so tempting ..


Feb 25, 2014 at 05:51 AM
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p.908 #5 · p.908 #5 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Thanks guys, for the likes and M grip feedback!

Phil - those are good points for me to keep in mind. It would seem the shape of the RRS grip is similar, if fatter, than the new M grip and might have similar problems.

Cal - where did you try the grip locally? Photocreative?

Joe - sure, that way I can sell it to you later. Another internal debate is whether it would be worth getting the multifunction grip for those times when I'm lighting venues and using radio slaves... could probably give up the EVF to save the $$$ in those situations. GPS might be cool too... but the simple need for a flash sync port would be the prime motivation. Sucks to have to spend $900 just for a PC socket!

Charles - great tonality again. Like how the chaotic diagonals intersect the graduated horizon.
Leonas - the first one is curiously interesting.
Gary - yes, Canadiana. Another one for my "Timmies Trash" series I started over the summer.

A momentary break from tree photos.







M240 with 28 Cron. Just a shot of my DIY LED lighting home improvement project consisting of three 8' extruded aluminum moldings suspended from the ceiling in a somewhat random arrangement... actually results in a very nice soft room light compared to the old fashioned ceiling fixture it replaces...



Feb 25, 2014 at 06:18 AM
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Rocky and Ron, thanks

Rocky, the 50 Cron DR with macro is neat! Of course it needs to modified, so there is no stop and having to engage it. This way it is just smooth transition.

Ron, very nice abstract. Maybe you can use some of the LED's for shoots!

Another shot. M240 50 Cron DR







Feb 25, 2014 at 07:02 AM
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Charles, Both great BW images!
Ron, If I were you, I will order grip instantly. though I am sure I only need regular one ($300?) It looks so classic on M with finger loop. especially tempting with the setup so I can mount R lux with it.

Continue Suzhou images.

Suzhou, this is pretty much the most controversy city right now in china, at one hand, it has so many beautiful Garden and traditional architecture around the old city, at other hand, it also build infinity new structure: high end hotel, fancy modern architecture, modern apartment everywhere with many factory, industry around.... the city has top GDP in China even pass Shanghai, Beijing... your Apple stuff all build here

50lux M9























Feb 25, 2014 at 07:38 AM
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p.908 #8 · p.908 #8 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


joe88 wrote:
...from a disgrunted Leica lover who ditched her for a Sony mistress and finally back to a new Leica Lover again ...

Congrats Edward!!


Thank you Joe!

I'm sure you have noticed that I changed from the old lover to her younger sister in the process



Feb 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM
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p.908 #9 · p.908 #9 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Charles, great b/w conversions with the M!

Rirakuma, thank you! So far I love the shutter sound, and the color profile seems not too dissimilar to the M9, so I feel in familiar territory. The body feels more slippery though, and I'm having some trouble holding it firmly. I already ordered a leather half case, that I hope will help with the grip.

Ron, excellent abstract!

Zhangyue, nice shots from Suzhou. The second is my favorite as it shows the contrast between old and new.



Feb 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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p.908 #10 · p.908 #10 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Testing high iso. Handheld at iso 3200. I think the M is 2 stops behind the A7 in iso performance but 2 stops ahead in handholding shutter speed. Anyhow this shot should be normally on tripod. 1/45s f/4 ZM 50.



L1000032 by edward karaa, on Flickr



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p.908 #11 · p.908 #11 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


edwardkaraa wrote:
I'm sure you have noticed that I changed from the old lover to her younger sister in the process


Edward - at least you found the older sister a loving new home... Over here I suspect she's not happy stuck in the house while younger sister gets all the attention.







I still haven't explored higher ISO that much, but am not disappointed with what I've seen so far, at least up to 3200. It feels comparable to what I get with the 1DX, if perhaps not quite as low luminance noise. The grain pattern at around ISO 800 seems quite nice and tight and the files still respond well to some pushing in post, but of course there are limits. I noticed the green shadow problem starting to creep in when pushing ISO 1000 images over a stop, as well as random bright pixels that LR wasn't eliminating... In good quality low intensity light everything seems pretty good so far.

Michael - interesting birds eye views. Thanks for the background info too.
Charles - love that scene/location! Yes, I've definitely thought about a DIY LED lighting kit. The strips are the higher density 120 LEDs/m and if cut and organized well, could make for pretty intense and compact lighting. It's really easy to work with too. Maybe the only problem related to photography is that the CRI value of these strips probably isn't so great, especially the cheaper ones, but should still be OK. I recently picked up a couple of the Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini lithium battery/inverters for use with my strobe kits when wall power is not available or impractical and also tried them with the LEDs. It worked really nicely and the battery had enough juice to run the ~60W configuration for some time. Could make a nice on-location solution. Considering we've had a couple bad storms this year with power outages, one of which lasted a couple days, with the LEDs dimmed, the Vagabond Mini will run them for 6-8 hours, making for a useful emergency lighting/power solution.

Back to trees:






















First is with CV12, rest are 21SEM, all on M240.



Feb 25, 2014 at 04:56 PM
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p.908 #12 · p.908 #12 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


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

Nice images, Ron and Edward.



Feb 25, 2014 at 05:35 PM
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p.908 #13 · p.908 #13 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Thanks for comments and likes!

Sort of a theme today, work. M9 (only child) and 35 Lux.



















Feb 25, 2014 at 06:10 PM
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p.908 #14 · p.908 #14 · Leica M/X/T 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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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.908 #16 · p.908 #16 · Leica M/X/T 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.908 #17 · p.908 #17 · Leica M/X/T 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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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.908 #19 · p.908 #19 · Leica M/X/T 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.908 #20 · p.908 #20 · Leica M/X/T 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!!




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