leica showcase

  1. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F2.2

    This is a rare lens, made from 1/1961 to 6/1961 and sold only in Japan. According to Peter Kitchingman's authoritative book, serial numbers ran from 10000 to 13381. This is the 89th lens produced, and is in beautiful condition. Glass is near perfect, focus is smooth, and there is no play in the...
  2. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Canon 50mm F1.8, later Black version.

    Now I know why this lens is claimed to be the sharpest of the Canon 50's in Leica Mount. It is. The 50mm F1.8 Serenar was introduced in 1951, replaced the 50mm F1.9 Serenar. The 50/1.8 Serenar is much sharper than the older F1.9. The Black version is a new lens, even though it retains the same...
  3. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Minolta Chiyoko 13.5cm F4, Leica mount

    This is an obscure lens, very little written about it. The 4-digit "3xxx" serial number puts it around 1948. Hard to tell production numbers, but probably a couple of thousand. More than the Nikkor 13.5cm F4, many less than the Canon 135 F4. One of the best resources for Minolta Chiyoko lenses...
  4. mike3996

    Leica Showcase Cosina Voigtländer 75/2.5 Color-Heliar LTM

    This gem of a lens arrived today. Lightweight, super smooth and clicky and just perfect. My copy frontfocuses slightly -- as do all LTM lenses I've tried out so far. Maybe I should look into getting another LTM-M adapters if there's a better one among them. But that frontfocus doesn't ruin the...
  5. BrianS

    Leica Showcase 7Artisans 75mm F1.25

    On the M9, quick tests right out of the Box. No adjustments required, I use a 1.25x magnifier for focus. First impressions- this lens is FAST, and compact. Much smaller than my 50/1.1 Nokton. Click stops for the aperture mechanisms. Focus very smooth after a brief workout of turning from 0.8m...
  6. Burkey

    Leica Showcase Sigma 45mm F2.8 "L-Mount"

    Hi Folks - My Sigma 45mm f2.8 arrived today. I've been without an autofocus lens on my Leica CL for over a year. So far this new lens addition is performing exceptionally. 'Thought I'd post some early grab shots, (most with very familiar image subjects. :rolleyes-74:). Also a screen shot from...
  7. mike3996

    Leica Showcase Cosina Voigtländer 21/3.5 Color-Skopar

    The brand new, classic-design Color-Skopar is a joy in its small size and weight. The focusing is a bit fidgeting; at the same time tiny deviations don't make a difference. I had enormous fun shooting this thing, assisted by a plastic Leica 21mm viewfinder. I just begun to wade through...
  8. Burkey

    Leica Showcase 7artisans 55mm f1.4 L-Mount

    I had previously purchased this lens with a Fuji mount and have enjoyed some excellent images with it. I recently purchased the same lens but with an L mount. The first copy I received was problematic and I sent it back. The second copy that arrived a couple of days ago works fine on the...
  9. mike3996

    Leica Showcase Leica Elmar-C 90mm f/4

    Acquired the lens for 200 euros, glass is very good and only the metal outerior has some marks to it. What a solid lens! The focus is stiff but for a 90mm it's understandable I guess. Found it very easy to operate and follow subjects with. The rangefinder coupling stops agreeing after 100...
  10. mike3996

    Leica Showcase Voigtländer 50 f/3.5 Heliar VM

    This nice little lens is so cute and tiny. And the rendering is very good as well -- thanks to its slow maximum aperture, it's very easy to work with. And me being never a fifty guy and a 28/35 mm shooter for a long time, the jump into 50 was suspiciously smooth...
  11. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Industar-50 Collapsible Mount 50mm F3.5

    This lens is a Tessar formula 50/3.5 in a brass mount with "very shiny Chrome". Performance compares well with the post-war 50/3.5 coated Elmar and coated Zeiss Tessar 5cm F3.5. The I-50 is the third formulation of the 50/3.5 Tessar in the Industar series, it improves on the optics of the...
  12. MoonMind

    Leica Showcase Leica M 262

    To the moderators: I know this camera is supposed to have the same sensor as the M 240, so if this thread appears redundant, feel free to merge it with the existing showcase thread. M.
  13. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Jupiter-9 85mm F2

    We have a separate showcase for the 8.5cm F2 KMZ Jupiter-9, and rightfully so. The optical formula changed, the type of glass changed. The J-9 is a classic 7 element in 3 group, 1-3-3 configuration. It is undercorrected for spherical aberration, renders more smoothly than the Nikkor 8.5cm F2...
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