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Charles - best wishes on your wedding today!
Charlie - love the light in the last one! Great colors in all.
Katie & Gary - congrats on the 50 Lux ASPH! BTW, mine is silver. Yes, it's a bit heavy, but feels solid. I'd actually rather have had black to go with my black cameras, but when I bought it used, it was during a time when it was really hard to find any Leica lenses, new or used, so jumped on the silver one when the opportunity presented itself.
Here are a few shots of my aunt with the 50 Lux ASPH at common working distances. I'm actually somewhat surprised I got her in good focus in the vertical image with loose composition and her that far off center...
All were wide open. Some localized tweaks in LR, though tried to keep it modest. No clarity added to better preserve the Lux's rendering. The web rez images have been given the usual sharpening, fwiw... \
100% screen grab without extra sharpening, just the default LR sharpening. I think it's a pretty fair representation of the Lux's wide open rendering/sharpness at this distance. Not bitingly sharp, rather, pleasingly sharp. These were with the M9
The first two are IMO 'ideal' 50 Lux ASPH camera to subject to background distances. Basically, relatively near to the subject with relatively distant backgrounds, without any gradual transition to defocus, such as along the ground. The ground near the subject is out of the frame, which avoids what can sometimes be somewhat nervous rendering, but this is a problem for most lenses. While lots of lenses are good in situations like these here, the Lux ASPH's smoother blur of specular light sources is what I think separates it from most others and probably lends to what is sometimes described as a medium format look. I guess the Otus is quite similar.
Here's a bonus 28 Cron wide open:
100% crop, as above:
Looks like I might have crushed the blacks a bit too much in the last one... And the file quality/character in the bottom left quarter of the 100% crop is an aspect I don't like so much about the M9, though not entirely sure the M240 is better as I haven't tried to compare it. Could also be a side effect of my LR tweaks, as this file was pushed about a stop in post.
Regarding M9 vs. M240 'look'.... I agree there are differences. And that it's not always easy or possible to get the M240 to look M9ish. Bottom line for me is I don't try to make it look like that.