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Mitch Alland
Registered: Sep 30, 2011
Total Posts: 374
Country: Thailand

joe88 wrote:
...Mitch, 2nd shot of the girl through the reflections is my favorite from the set, nice cool tones and composition. Curious, how did you put that DR Summicron on the M9?...


Joe, thanks — that's also my favorite: it's shot through two sets of bus windows (with the Summilix-50 pre-ASPH) — in other words I was sitting on a bus when her bus passed by. It was February, hence the cool tones.

I had the cams of the DR-Summicron filed down by DAG, since I wasn't planning to use it in the close-up range.

—Mitch/Bangkok
Bangkok Obvious [WIP]
Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 6556
Country: Canada

Joe, the Olympus looks great on the M240 - are you sure you really need a Leica 60 or 100 macro?

Just a few more from wandering around with the Canon 35/2 wide open:












I guess at this distance it's no match for the Sonnar in the RX1 for background smoothness:
















joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

After Olympus and Canon it's time for some Zeiss.

25 Biogon and 50 Planar



naturephoto1
Registered: Nov 09, 2005
Total Posts: 3745
Country: United States

rscheffler wrote:
Joe, the Olympus looks great on the M240 - are you sure you really need a Leica 60 or 100 macro?
/quote]

The 60mm f2.8 Macro Elmarit is an excellent performing "normal" and macro lens. The 100mm f 2.8 Apo Macro Elmarit lens is a superb performer.

Rich



joe88
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 2336
Country: United States

Ron, we can only mount one lens on a camera at one time? I think even the 100-R APO seems inexpensive compared to how much new M glass sells? The OM 50/3.5 will do for now for what I intend to use it for. Its not as sharp as the newer ASPH lenses, feels more like an older generation DG Leica Summicron, but its fun Those out of focus rendering on the Canon 35/2 seems slightly nervous, otherwise it looks tack sharp especially on the cones and sweater! Excellent set and thanks for the GAS!

Joakim, excellent shots, the ZM25 looks really sharp! ZM50P seems to do well in B&W, I need to give it a try soon.

and yes, time for some Zeiss, but a 1936 prewar version. CZ Jena 50/2 uncoated collapsible

on the subject of flare - I love this lens in B&W






wide open, f/2






zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 4159
Country: United States

Ron, nice color and pattern from both set.
Joe, what is special about that $30000+ lens? that is the first time I heard/saw it. I like your first BW portrait a lot.
Joakim, 25 biogon certainly look great here!

Another bug shot from 35cron V1.

My son get impatient when I was trying to find a better composition. I don't mind add some blue to the pic







And here is him on the train. He just got a big bump on his mouth, so he was very frustrated!













Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
Total Posts: 7643
Country: Canada

joakim wrote:
Gary, very nice b&w. How do you focus the 90 cron, with RF or EVF? From what I have heard the RF focusing has been improved on the M compared to the M9 so that's why I'm asking and because I have in many situation a hard time focusing my 90 Elmarit.


Hey Joakim. I just use the RF for focusing and it works quite well. TBH - I am not a big fan of using the EVF and much prefer the RF. It may be that I do not yet have enough experience using it. I really like the bright frame lines on the M240 and feel that my keeper rate is much improved over my M8. I have heard of many others stating that their keeper rate (focusing) on the M240 is much improved over their previous M bodies.



TAGfan
Registered: Jan 09, 2010
Total Posts: 1614
Country: United States

M9 + ZM 50 planar



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 6556
Country: Canada

Joe, looks like a keeper. Interesting flare from the backlight. I definitely have noticed the older 50s can quickly lose contrast if anything bright is in the background.

Yes, the Canon 35/2 LTM has nervous background rendering. It's certainly no 35/2 Sonnar found in the RX1, but I still like it.

Joakim and Scott, nice work with the Zeisses!

Michael, like the last one. As I have experienced when briefly looking after friends' kids, you have to get your shots when you can. They're not going to wait around while you explore a scene.

Mixing it up with Canon and Leica - 35/2 and 21 SEM:












Both wide open and a few mms above the water.


Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
Total Posts: 7643
Country: Canada

Very nice reflections Ron.

One more from last weekend during an impromptu family soccer match...



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

Thanks for comments and likes!

Ron, I like the second one
Michael, the second one for you to. That expression says a lot.
Gary, you need to get Messi more involved in the game. Nice shot.

Here is a set from Midsummer morning, two with 90 Elmarit and two with ZM 50 Planar.



Wilfredo
Registered: Sep 14, 2005
Total Posts: 900
Country: United States

Cool shots. What camera?



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

Thanks. M9.



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 6556
Country: Canada

Gary, nice moment!
Joakim, great colors and love the light and tonality in the second!

Visited my favorite local architecture last evening:

90 Summarit:
















50 Lux ASPH:






Canon 35/2 LTM:






90 Summarit:






50 Lux ASPH:











zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 4159
Country: United States

Thanks for all comments.

Tagfan,The portrait looks great!
Ron, I am surprised to see clarity difference at websize between Canon and Leica in your top set, am I imagine things?
Nice cityscape, I remember you were there before, I love the #3.
Joakim, such beautiful color, but BW is standout for its depth.

Some flower shots from 50lux ASPH f2.8?













Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
Total Posts: 7643
Country: Canada

Nice Ron. I really like this set but I am a sucker for lines and textures. That 90 Summarit looks to be so sharp. What aperture were most of the 90 shots taken at? Also nice to see blue sky. Here in Calgary we have massive flooding and 21 communities have been evacuated. Just heard the Calgary Saddledome is now up to row 10 in water. We are not used to flooding here and it is hitting us hard today. Good news is that downtown Calgary is closed meaning I have the day off!



TAGfan
Registered: Jan 09, 2010
Total Posts: 1614
Country: United States

Joaim - that B&W shot is spectacularly lit; well done
Ron - I now know what Spiderman sees



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 6556
Country: Canada

Thanks guys!

Gary, the weather here has been fabulous this week, low 20s, not much humidity, clear sky every day! Most of those images were done at f/8. Whenever I shoot this stuff, I stop down a fair amount, especially with longer lenses like the 90 because depth of field is not as great as one might expect. The 90 Summarit is quite good. I haven't shot any of the other Leica 90s, so not sure how it compares technically, especially to the 90/2.8s. I've tried the 75 Summarit and think it was slightly sharper. Size-wise it's great. The last 50mm was probably around 5.6. I also try to keep the shutter speed at or over 1/250 with the longer lenses. As the sun set and the light dropped, it was not possible to hold both settings for ISO 160 so dropped the shutter speed somewhat, and did notice some images that weren't as sharp as they could be.

Michael - the 50 Lux is great at f/2.8, retaining a nice smooth background. Regarding my first set at the top: you're not imagining things. It's 1960 vs. 2010 lens technology. While you can somewhat see it at 1000 pixels, at full rez, the opposite shoreline is sharp from edge to edge in the SEM file with lots of detail in the trees. The Canon is only sharp in the very center, but even stopped down, it never matches the 'brilliance' of modern Leica and ZM lenses. I did some informal test of it against the ZM35/2.8, and the Zeiss has the edge in overall and micro contrast, as well as color fidelity and saturation. But on its own, the Canon is still very fine. What I see from it is a quality that reminds me of film images from the 70s. Colors are not over the top, but balanced, if slightly on the cool side, which affects the impression of saturation. That's why I suggested it doesn't really fit in easily with my modern kit if I'm looking for higher technical performance, such as the architecture series above. It's included in one image, which feels slightly murky in comparison to the others, though all of those images have had a lot of contrast adjustment. And a few more from it below...

Canon 35/2 LTM:
















Leica Tele-Elmar 135/4 (on loan):











90 Summarit:
















And one from the 21SEM that doesn't really fit in anywhere in the series






joe88
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 2336
Country: United States

Thanks for the comments and likes, Ron & Michael and everyone else.

Michael, cool pose of your son with the Beetle. 50Lux ASPH back from NJ?
Ron, excellent sets. Did you add vignetting on the 35/2 shot of the lake? Excellent gemoetry and lighting with the cityscape. I think the 35/2 ltm held up well with the other Leica lenses, at least on these sizes shown. For landscape and technical shots, I would stick with set of Leica lenses but for pics of people and everyday life, some of these older lenses still look good.
Gary, another nice shot with the 90Cron.
Joakim, excellent set, nice pop and contrast. Looks like you changed your sharpening script?

zhangyue wrote:
what is special about that $30000+ lens? that is the first time I heard/saw it.


50 f/1.5 lens designed in 1920s by Dr Paul Rudolph when he moved from Zeiss to Hugo Meyer Germany. He designed the Kino Plasmats mostly for cine use but some were made in M39 screw mount, certainly a collector's item. There are some samples on flickr. http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Meyer

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Best bang for buck accessory for M(240) for less than $80?
OM 50 3.5 Macro.

















zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 4159
Country: United States

Ron, In above set, I can't really see the difference between Canon and modern lens. I guess the micro-contrast is not easy to show here. I agree with the difference you mentioned. I feel 35cron is good for resolution itself but will lose in micro-contrast and color with modern lens.. at demand condition.

Here is a example I shot with 35cron V1 Last sunday.







and here is full size or close to 100% crop







Joe, Thanks for the info about that 'monster' (in price). I really like the first one with Oly.

no, 50lux still with Leica NJ, I don't want start a thread to bash them they told me the aperture ring is back ordered and need another 4 weeks after a 5 week delay, the communication has been like a tooth paste action. it will be hilarious if I list the email communication between me and Sarah(Leica), not to mention tons of phone call. I am OK with the delay only because I have some R to play




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