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  1. rflove

    The eternal 35-vs-50 war

    This is a conundrum for me. When I began to play with the DSLR (a Nikon D60), I had the kit tele lenses. When I went to the Olympus M43 system I began to get primes.. Now with the M240 I'm face with the different options and their advantages/disadvantages. I've managed to fall to the GAS...
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    Leica Organizing gear

    When I moved into my condo, I had the closet designed & built and I'm generally happy with it. However using the shelves to store lenses, accessories, etc. proved to be a frustrating exercise. I order to find something, one needs to empty the shelf to see what's in the back and out of sight. The...
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    Leica Showcase One image from the CL today...

    I thought I captured several images of this little waterfall... Only found one. The 18mm f2.8 lens is a bit wide and I could not get close enough to compose like I'd liked to, so I cropped it. PP with NIK suite Analog Efex Pro 2 .
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    Philosophy The Obsession with "gear"

    For his time, he had a lot of gear...
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    Leica Zeiss Biogon 35 f2.8 with CL

    I cannot remember what f-stop I used. I wanted to obtain sharp focus and the light was very bright. I notice that when I put away the lens, it was set at f8. However, I don't know if I inadvertently moved it between the time I captured the images and I removed and put away the lens. I used the...
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    Leica Zeiss Biogon 35 f2.8 with CL

    Thank you for the comments, we all have different aesthetic sensibilities :). Just to be clear, I do not blame the lens for my shortcomings: "I took the monopod but foolishly did not use it. I think for some reason the CL with adapted M mount lenses is just not easy to hold steady... Or maybe...
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    Leica Zeiss Biogon 35 f2.8 with CL

    So I went out for a walk today with the CL and the Zeiss Biogon 35mm f2.8, I took the monopod but foolishly did not use it. I think for some reason the CL with adapted M mount lenses is just not easy to hold steady... Or maybe I'm expecting too much. I only shot a few images and decided to go...
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    What do you do for a living? AKA, how do you finance your gear? :)

    I'm retired from mechanical engineering (not HVAC, but machines). I've spent a lot of money foolishly in camera gear and sports cars LOL! I did make decent money for the last yers until I was downsized in 2009 and my wife & I had access to enough so I could indulge in my hobby. These days things...
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    Leica Showcase CL with 50mm Summilux? It's not to be done carelessly...

    I have the SUMMILUX-M ASPH 50/1.4 which is the latest. I was surprised to see the CA in the images. There is a way to enter the lens ID manually, but I forgot to do it. I imagine the camera's firmware does whatever adjustments it's programmed to do to an "unknown" lens. I went out again and...
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    What do you actually do with the video capabilities of your camera?

    I think I've taken 2 videos in the last 5 years. I can only remember one though....
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    Leica Showcase CL with 50mm Summilux? It's not to be done carelessly...

    So I thought that the 50mm f1.4 'Lux would be an eminently good choice for casual shooting with the CL..... Not so fast, I went out yesterday for a walk with it and upon returning dowloaded the images into the computer with LR. I did not get many keepers. Sadly, the shots I really wanted to keep...
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm f3.5 Macro FD with CL

    Here are some images taken with the CL and a Canon 50mm f3.5 Macro FD. None are cropped. Nice cheap alternative for macro with the CL. BTW, does anyone know what that first token with the angel might be for?
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    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm f3.5 Macro FD images

    Here are some images taken with the CL and a Canon 50mm f3.5 Macro FD. None are cropped. Nice cheap alternative for macro with the CL. The proof set of coins are encased in a plastic box. I shot em through the plastic. the token/medallion and the other coins were captured without plastic or...
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    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    I do think about that... the strap appears to be strong, about the only way to find how strong would be to test it to the point of failure but then of course, it’s destroyed and couldn’t be used.. I might attach a load as heavy as the CL to it and test it that way.
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    GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

    Small acquisition, a repurposed vintage camera strap for my CL found the strap with an Olympus O-M1 and the rings were donated by a Kodak EasyShare
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    I agree that if I shoot wide open, the sharpness would fall off... However, The focus point becomes critical and (for me) not easy to attain. With the RF in the M240, it's easier, but since I'm shooting with the CL, there's a learning curve. I must confess that I just cannot remember...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    OK, so tonight I tried limiting the ISO to 100 and 200. Used the tripod and shot exposures of around 1 second. Here are some shots taken with the CV 21mm f1.8. I did not shoot wide open, but at and around f4 Not too much noise, but they seem almost too sharp, clinical maybe.
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    There is indeed a way to set the ISO to any number between the native 100 and a useless 50,000 I arbitrarily chose the 6400 maximum to see how it would turn out... I'll try again and look at several second exposures. Back when I had a Sigma Dp2 I took long exposure shots at night of the downtown...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    I did take the monopod to steady my hand, but not the tripod. I don't mind doing it, but in these days and in these circumstances I just did to want to take the time required to do proper long exposure shots. Although I could have taken fewer, higher quality? images... I'm no stranger to long...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    Here are the rest of the images from last night. CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 the images got inserted in the reverse sequence, imagine walking backward and taking shots :)
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    So I went out last night with the CL and the CV 15mm f4.5 determined to get good B&W images with less noise than my first attempt. This time I tried different settings with the camera and shot with the aid of a monopod. I developed the images in ON1 Raw and then I thought they were too dark. I...
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    Leica CL with 40mm f1.2 Nokton, exceptional

    So, yet another Voigtlander lens proves to be brilliant... I went out today to te park, a grey and cloudy afternoon. The park was actually fairly well populated although not "crowded" and interestingly the police were quite present there as opposed to their normal noted for their absence... I...
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    The April 2020 Challenge - outtakes and alternatives

    I wondered the other day what was behind this building.... And then I walked behind it today. (shot with the Voigtlander 21mm f1.8 Ultron)
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    The April 2020 Challenge - outtakes and alternatives

    Here's my image to reflect the times..
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    The April 2020 Challenge - outtakes and alternatives

    Actually the shot is quite good in my estimation. And yes, it reminds me of the bulletproof plexiglass shields in the banks and I remember the epidemic of bank robberies which proceeded them. I haven't watched Jean-Luc Godard's 'Alphaville', perhaps I should. We're definitely living in...
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    Leica Comparing Leica M lenses and other Leica screw mount & R adapted lenses

    After messing around with some non-Leica lenses, I though I'd try to shoot my Leica lenses with a tripod at the same target. I had to dismount and remount the body because the lens selection was inadvertently left in a manual mode incorrectly set in a couple of cases. Also, all the lenses were...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    Yeah, it's the Japanese "complexity increasing system" under the pressure to stay ahead and relevant, they not only improve the cameras and lenses with wonderful, more advanced sensors, processors, etc. But they started "improving" the interface between the user & the camera. Many photographers...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    Here are the images captured with the CV 21mm f1.8 Ultron
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    Well, I went out today in the (too) bright sunlight with the CL and the CV 15mm f4.5Heliar and the CV 21mm f1.8 Ultron Here are some representative images to judge the merits of both lenses. I'm getting the hang of the camera and I'll probably go out tonight and take the monopod along to see...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    Absolutely on target. The grittiness is nothing but noise, pretty unbearable in color. I'll make a more concerted effort in my next night outing and present better work ;)
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    I totally agree with much of this. On my defense I can only repeat what I think I wrote in the initial post. I just haven't learned to use the camera properly. The little control wheels befuddle me and the camera is nothing like shooting with the M240 or the Q1. I'm going to make more efforts to...
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    Leica CL with adapted M lenses

    A few more images with adapted lenses. The CL does no allow me to choose non-Leica lenses when manually entering the lens. Some of these were taken with the Voightlander 40mm 1:1.2 Nokton, the Voightlander 21mm 1:1.8 Ultron and a 50mm 1:3.5 Canon Macro FD. So ignore the reference to the Noctilux...
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    Leica CL with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar Ultra Wide Angle

    I was trying the new adapter that came in yesterday and decided to take the CV 15mm f4.5 lens for a walk at night. The images were all too noisy. I'm too inexperienced with the camera and had the settings poorly selected by mistake. These were captured with as high as ISO 25,000... As I said...
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    Leica CL with 1:2.8 Elmarit 28mm

    Some images captured with the 28mm f2.8 Elmarit adapted to the CL body
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    Leica CL with 1:2 50mm Leitz Summicron images

    Got a few shots with the collapsible 50mm 'Cron adapted to the CL body...
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    Leica The Leica CL to TL adapter came in...

    Here are the original size files, the first one is the CL
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    Leica The Leica CL to TL adapter came in...

    Well, I had very mixed results again... I'll post some shots I just took this morning with each camera and an adapted R70-200 Vario Elmar. I cropped the images tp about the same size. I unfortunately forgot to check the various settings in each camera so the color rendering is quite different. I...
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    Leica The Leica CL to TL adapter came in...

    Finally this afternoon the Leica CL - TL adapter came in and no surprise, it seems to fit very well, maintains focus at infinity and allows the camera to identify 6 bit coded lenses... I took a few shots with a couple of different M lenses and they rendered very sharp and beautiful images. Now...
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    Documentary Coronavirus: Emptiness

    This is the iconic The Varsity Drive In, clogging arteries in Atlanta since 1928.... Normally quite busy but now... Eerily empty and closed for maybe the first time ..
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    Documentary Coronavirus: Emptiness

    Empty downtown Atlanta about 2 weeks ago... It's emptier now I'm sure. These streets are normally extremely busy with vehicles and pedestrian traffic. The first 2 shots are the motor lobby of the Marriott Marquis Tower 2, normally full of cars and people.
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    Leica Leica GAS consequences

    Well yes, I guess you are right ;) Oh yeah, but.... How do I do it? I've stopped to think (very briefly) a few times and considered how much money I've spend trying to relieve GAS... But I immediately stop thinking and direct my thoughts to eBay or Amazon to look for yet another perfect...
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    Leica Leica GAS consequences

    I need to stop....
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    Leica Showcase B&W images from the Leica CL w/ 18mm f2.8

    Thanks for the kind words. The walk is always (well, almost always) enjoyable. At any rate, I must walk to keep my aging body from deteriorating, keeping entropy at bay so to speak :). I totally get your comment on the look of the clouds. In my screen is not quite so noticeable, but you know...
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    Leica Showcase B&W images from the Leica CL w/ 18mm f2.8

    Disclaimer: I walk alone and choose solitary streets avoiding people and giving a wide berth to those I encounter. No need to endanger myself or others by not maintaining social distance.. I shot these with the Leica CL w/ the Elmarit TL 18mm 1:2.8 some were cropped and all developed in B&W...
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    Leica Leica and my future with it

    I never shoot bursts. I have done it on occasion especially back in the M4/3 days, but like you, I hate looking through multiple shots of the same image and it clutters the hell out of my catalog. I shoot one or two, maybe three shots of the same subject from different points of view. That's...
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    Leica Leica and my future with it

    And just to keep trying the M mount lenses with the CL body, I returned the piece of crap Fotasy M to L adapter I first bought (don't waste money on inferior stuff) and scored on the real deal Leica adapter on eBay for a little over $200.... I know, it's a lot of money for an adapter, but now I...
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    Leica Leica and my future with it

    It's possible you'd get frustrated by using a Leica M. However, my experience was different. I had the Olympus M4T system, various Oly and Panasonic bodies up the the Olympus M1, I had many of their lenses as well including the fast primes and zooms. Honestly, I find shooting with the M240 and...
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    Leica Showcase A walk with the M240 and a 50mm collapsible Leitz Summicron

    I was told that by the person who sold me the lens. I assumed he knew what he was talking about, he's generally a knowledgeable person regarding what stuff he has/had.
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    Leica Showcase Some images with the Leica CL digital

    Practically empty compared with previous weekends.....
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    Leica Showcase Some images with the Leica CL digital

    Here are some images I captured today in the early evening.. Developed them with Analog Efex Pro 2 from the NIK collection.
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