I'm still trying to get used to the leica. Loving the feel whilst using, but mainly I'm shaking too much.
The novoflex plus 105mm macro nikkor is fooling the typ240 mp sensors, and seems to only work best when manually setting everything. Either that or there is not enough light getting in. For now I dont think I can change, but is there a recommended macro lens people have used?
A quick search online gives me 4k lens plus 600euro adapter...
Probably I just need to practice a lot more.
@justpix: Thanks for the sumicron 2/50 pics. I had just found it last night and was considering it, but the bokeh in your pic looks weird (to me, so not sure I'd like it) although the detail looks nice
Got a few from the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. Currently processing. Second time to a museum here, first time with the leica. Forgot you couldnt have a big bag so only the 28mm voigtlander and some tricky lighting (spot lights) on some statues. Very good test. I must practice more because there are quite a few badly shakey, some mild shakes and one or two out of focus. The rest are good to great... I'll try to choose the best/better ones over then next few days
The 50mm leica summicron images are of higher technical quality, the leica lens has no real distortion, and it’s pretty small and light... but the 7artisans pics have a more dreamy feel to them, they have more of the shallow dof effect (as it’s nearly 2stops faster than the cron) but the cron images have (to me at least) a more pleasing colour and contrast signature
I have to edit the 7artisans pictures a lot more than I do the cron ones
A friend of mine jokes that the 7artisans makes my CCD sensor look like a CMOS one, he’s just being funny but I totally get the punch line of his joke.
The 7artisans is a well built, very fast optic at a price that’s so low any manufacturer would struggle to make a lens for that cost/spec ratio
Hold the cron next to the 7artisans and it’s a struggle to see why the cron costs 5 or 6 times as much
But away from the attention grabbing headline of “F1.1” and used at “f8 and be there” the cron is in my view by far the better performer
The cron at f8 has in my view, far more of a ‘3d step into the picture’ look about it.
and that’s my take away really...
You buy a 7artisans to make shallow dof pictures that have a tiny bit of Summilux/Noctilux magic but without spending secondhand car money that these Leica lenses cost and you shoot your 7artisans wide open as often as possible
But you buy a cron to have a solid performer that works well at all apertures, that’s light and small, has no discernible distortion or vignetting
PERSONALLY I think of the M as a reportage camera, I like shallow dof as much as the next person, maybe more... but in my opinion if you want to shoot everything with a hyper shallow dof look, then there are many cameras better suited to doing that than rangefinders, even rangefinders with clip on EVFs
Hi, the one in the first link is mine. I did not open the second link, because I got a security warning ... ---
Lens design is always a compromise. It follows from this truism that there are many right (or wrong) decisions possible, depending on which criterion/ia one values most highly ...
Referring to my 4 50s, if I had a live view Leica, and if I am after bokeh, I would take the ZEISS Sonnar. The Summicron is my best allround 50, the Planar if one takes
flare resistance into account, and ignores the fiddly lens shade. The Summarit is compact and flare resistant, but a little slower and has greater minimal focussing distance.
The easiest solution is to buy several lenses, starting with a bokeh-king (or -queen), followed by an allrounder, or the other way round (one could also have different looks,
my Sonnar and Planar are silver editions) ... ---
Not a Caddy fin, for a change (Leica M9 - Summarit 2,5/50 f 2,5):
@justpix I checked out on flickr for the zeiss sonnar. the photos look nice and what I am looking for. I would prefer to do as you say, get several shoot them at similar subjects and see which gives the best for shich ... but I dont have that luxury yet (may be with the lotto over the weekend ) I appreciate your list.
Second link was to : LEICA Summicron-M 50mm/2.0 - appears well used...
Its a shame that this particular store doesnt also have the 7artisans so I compare on the day... and I am going to have to wait until id next month to choose
Thank you again adzman, justpix
So this weekend I almost, ALMOST went and bought a fairly expensive Leica MP (film). I have been lusting after an M6 for a while and should have bought one when they were under £1,000 but alas, that ship has sailed. The MP is a thing of beauty and has all the brass bits as well as the knurled rewind lever and metal advance lever but I couldn't bring myself to drop that much money on what is essentially a fancy M6. Looks like I will be sticking with the M3 and handheld meter for a while.
Off to South East Asia soon and an only packing 35mm this time instead of medium format and am going to try and shoot it to death (I have bought a lot of film). I will try and immerse myself in the sights, sounds, smells and culture as well as taking many photos. I am also trying to embrace images I would have once dismissed due to not being sharp. I was loaded with 100 speed film and the light was low in here so my shutter was as low as I dare but it captures all the action of a Portugal fish market, I think.