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  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. BrianS

    Leica Yeenon Adapters for LTM to M-Mount, high-quality and reasonable cost.

    A friend asked me for a recommendation for LTM to M-Mount adapters. Voigtlander no longer makes their adapters, which I have always found to be top-quality. The original Leica made adapters are also highest quality, but are decades old now. I have bought more than one to find some dents that...
  5. mike3996

    Leica TTArtisan lenses (with starting off with a capable 35mm f/1.4!)

    There's a new player on the market, and it's looking good! TTArtisan has some new designs that tickle my interest better than what they currently have. A really good looking and capable 35 f/1.4 for ~$400 https://www.35mmc.com/24/09/2019/ttartisan-35mm-f-1-4-asph-review-by-vincent-bihler/ A...
  6. TraamisVOS

    Leica Long story and a question re lens selection in the menu.

    I mentioned previously that I'm sending my M10 for a warranty claim to adjust the light meter - it seems to be overexposing by about 1-2 stops. I've had this camera for over a year, and during the early months I was also messing about with a Black Pro-Mist filter. I noticed from the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. BrianS

    Leica Happy 10th Birthday to the Leica M9.

    10 Years ago today marked the launch of the Leica M9. 9/9/2009. Feel free to share pictures, new or old.
  10. Woodallp

    Leica What is the provenance of this "Sonnar" (Leica-Sonnar 58mm)

    Hi, I'm sure this is one for Brian; I'm just wondering what the provenance of this clearly fake lens on EBAY at the moment (401817586358); the Leica - Sonnar 5.8cm f1.5. I found a few threads in other forums but non seemed conclusive. Does anyone recognise the bits? Phil
  11. BrianS

    Leica 7Artisans 75mm F1.25, shipping next month.

    https://leicarumors.com/2019/04/15/7artisans-75mm-f-1-25-lens-for-leica-m-mount-specifications-and-sample-photos.aspx/ The 7Artisans super-speed lens is now on sale, delivery starts in September. Under $500 with tax and shipping, ordered from the US. I could not resist. I will be comparing it...
  12. 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...
  13. mike3996

    Leica The pleasures of body maintenance

    My M has gathered nasty sap droplets (or whatever the sticky substance that some trees drop) all around its silvery body over the summer. Finally gave in and gave it a nice clean. All it takes is a Q-tip and some window cleaning fluid, and a cloth to wipe it up. What a wonderful view it is to...
  14. MiguelATF

    Leica C-Lux...?

    Am curious if any fellow cameraderie-ers have - or have used - a C-Lux? and if so, what your impressions are or have been? I know it is the Leica branded twin of the Panasonic TZ200 - but at least one fine photographer whom I admire has spoken highly of the C-Lux's virtues....and I am curious if...
  15. BrianS

    Leica Heads-Up, Amedeo is putting his Adapters up on Ebay again-

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/amedeo.m/m.html?item=133087140318&hash=item1efc9c99de%3Ag%3AqXkAAOSwFAZTsJAb&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 Amedeo has some of his Nikon to Leica and Contax to Leica adapters back up on Ebay. These -in my opinion- are the best adapters ever made for using Zeiss Contax...
  16. MoonMind

    Leica New Leica M-E (Typ 240)

    Just came across this: The Leica M-E is the Most Affordable Brand New Digital M Yet It's as if someone had known this was coming - we were just talking about the M-E and the peculiar way in which the M 262 actually wasn't a replacement, but its own beast ... Now we'll have reason to elaborate...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Atom Ant

    Micro 4/3 Bag for Leica typ 109 with grip?

    I recently lost my LX100 - my wife asked whether I had a spare camera that she could have for when the phone camera doesn't quite cut it. After checking when and what she wanted to shoot, I bravely gave her my very useful LX100. :( Then, two days later, I found a very clean used copy of the...
  21. BrianS

    Infrared Images Visible+Infrared with the Leica M8.

    The Leica M8 has a relatively week IR absorbing filter with a 5% leakage in the IR. An Orange filter blocks Blue light and about 1/2 of Green light. These are shot using RAW mode to get uncompressed DNG files, then the Blue and Green channels are equalized with Red. The result is IR in the Blue...
  22. 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...
  23. mike3996

    Leica 50mm woes

    I think I'm ready for a 50 mm lens for my M. The problem is of course how many options there are to choose from! Money being no obstacle, I'd probably go for Leica Summilux 50, the newest. I like focusing tabs and speed! Money being an obstacle, I'm very much drawn to the exotic Voigtländer 50...
  24. S

    Leica Broken filter ring on J3

    Looking for advice on fixing this.
  25. Riego

    Leica How to properly clean a vintage lens?

    I know that the best is not to clean them, but how to clean an old lens when we have fingerprints and the glass or the coating is very soft? Summar, Summitar, Jupiters... I use a cotton swab with some cleaning fluid for lenses, but I do not know if it is the best option.
  26. BrianS

    Leica Prices of used Leica M9 and M240- about the same now.

    I went to the Leica website, wanted to see what the current offer is. The main site now has a used camera section. https://www.leicacamerausa.com/used/m-camera-bodies/ I find it interesting that the prices of the M9 and M240 are "about the same" now. This most likely reflects the M9 being...
  27. Riego

    Leica Trying to adjust a Jupiter 8 for Leica

    I am trying to adjust a 1957 Jupiter 8 for Leica. I´ve created several paper shims and after adding one it has improved a lot, but still has backfocus. Wide open and one meter after adding one shim: I do the tests with an M7, so I have to wait for the next development ... but I think with...
  28. Riego

    Leica Jupiter 8 infinity focus on Leica

    I have a Jupiter 8 from 1957. Is not adjusted for Leica but focus at one meter and wide open is very very close. The problem is the lens don't focus properly at infinity. The distance scale is at infinity, but the camera rangefinder is not. Any advice? Can I easy fix the lens? Thanks to all!!
  29. 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.
  30. 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...
  31. Leica43

    Leica Minolta M-Rokkor f4/90mm M Mount

    I have made some test shots using this lens, part of my Minolta CLE kit, with my M10.
  32. Jonathan F/2

    Leica 7Artisans 75mm 1.4 M-Mount lens announced!

    7artisans 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount specifications and sample photos - Leica Rumors This lens looks like it's going to very good at a reasonable price. Link also has samples and they look great! 7Artisans said they will also make an FE version optimized for other mirrorless cameras...
  33. Jonathan F/2

    Sony Showcase My first shots with the 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 + A7III!

    I've been searching for a cheap replacement for my Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC. While it was very sharp in the center, the field curvature softness was really starting to bug me due to the thick sensor stack of the Sony bodies. I've been looking at other alternatives such as the Voigtlander...
  34. mike3996

    Leica Q is starting to lose its magic :(

    Because the M240 and the 35 is a new toy, I've been shooting it pretty much exclusively since Dec 31. I was a bit excited to find a good opportunity to exercise the old Q muscle yesterday as I needed all the angle I could get. During the short session, Q, the camera of my life, never missed...
  35. BrianS

    Leica New Canon Rangefinder Site, plus a few extras...

    Larry Huffman is in the process of setting up a new Canon Rangefinder Site, also has some other lenses and cameras from other makers as well. Larry has some Minolta Chiyoko lenses, very little about them on the Internet. The website is: https://www.canonrangefinder.org/ Larry is open to...
  36. davidzvi

    Leica Freedom Train

    You learn something new every day. This is not intended to be religious, political, etc. Just interesting history about Leica. Leica Camera in WWII-- The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient. Behind its worldwide acceptance as...
  37. Kevin

    Leica Leica Q2 - Released March 7, 2019

    https://www.techradar.com/news/leica-rumored-to-be-readying-a-new-q2-model Leica could be following up its three-year-old Leica Q model with an announcement possible as soon as March 7. ... Leaked specs suggest the new camera will employ a 47.3MP full-frame sensor, in place of the 24MP chip...
  38. BrianS

    Leica Inexpensive Adapter, Nikon RF to Leica Thread Mount. ~$70.

    Just arrived in the mail, under $70 with shipping. This compares with adapters costing 3x as much. The Amedeo adapters are works of art, his M-Mount adapter for internal mount Contax RF lenses has an indexed cam to correct the slight difference between the Zeiss 52.4mm focal length and the...
  39. rflove

    Leica Looking back at a trip last year...

    Some images from Cartagena, Colombia. these were taken the M240 and the VC 40mm f1.2 and VC 21mm f1.7. I set the lens selection manually because the M240 does not recognize the 6 bit coding of some lenses.
  40. rflove

    Leica Please advise.

    Hi, my trip to Japan is coming up soon and I just realize that I had not thought about the voltage, frequency, plugs, etc. Anyway, I'll be in Tokyo which I think uses 50hz 100v current and the plugs resemble the ones here in the US. My question is, will it be safe to use my phone charger and my...
  41. mike3996

    The best camera for street photography?

    I formulated some time ago that after using some Fujifilms X100T + XT1, Leica Q, and Olympus PEN-F*, the ultimate camera or camera system for an enthusiast street photographer is the Fujifilm. I feel terrible about making this conclusion without having tested the very strong contenders, the...
  42. mike3996

    Leica Showcase Leica Q (Typ 116)

    How come I didn't find a showcase thread for Leica Q? The more I shoot the Leica M, the more I regain respect towards my Leica Q. Not that I hate the M or find it lacking, I just realize how much there is to appreciate about the Q, the lens, the package. I'll throw in some aesthetically...
  43. mike3996

    Leica Jupiter 8 and backfocus

    Hi everyone So I received my very own Jupiter 8 (it's a PT3110 so very late in the game). Gorgeous condition on this specimen, aperture and focus both smooth, very smooth. There's some oil on the aperture blades but to my understanding that's not a problem. But yeah, it backfocuses a bit on my...
  44. BrianS

    Leica Tales from the Greasy Side: Komura 105mm F3.5 Teardown.

    This thread will be continued as I try to bring this lens into working order. For now- the teardown, as I could not find this anywhere on the web. This is a fairly uncommon lens in Leica mount. It is similar in construction to the 135mm F3.5 Komura that I relubed- and learned some lessons with...
  45. rflove

    Leica Advise, opinions... Which lenses to take to Tokyo?

    I'm going to Tokyo for my first time in about six weeks. Naturally I'm taking the M240 and possibly the Leica Q as well. Now, obviously I don't want to carry too much gear... I wonder which lenses to take. I like to shoot architecture, landscapes and also street photography. Here are some...
  46. BrianS

    Leica Showcase Komura 135/3.5 Leica Mount

    Komura is a well-known 3rd party maker of lenses for SLR's, usually sell under various brand names.This particular lens was marketed as a "Super-Vemar", but is identical to the Super-Acall. This particular lens also needed a CLA. If you ever get one, and need to lube it: DO NOT SEPARATE THE...
  47. rayvonn

    Leica Showcase Zeiss 21mm f2.8 T Biogon ZM

    Just starting a showcase thread for this lens as we don't appear to have one. Here's a couple of images taken with a Leica M-E with an external 21mm viewfinder: Berrima, NSW by Otim, on Flickr Untitled by Otim, on Flickr Focusing with the rangefinder then composing with the external...
  48. mike3996

    Leica No forum for M mount lenses?

    I noticed we have a "Leica Cameras" subforum and then a "Leica Showcase" subforum... nowhere to be seen is a Leica/M-mount lens subforum. There's a "Manual lenses" forum but it's not active; yet I wouldn't necessarily ask any questions on Leica lenses over there. What gives?
  49. mike3996

    Passing GAS

    This is a thread about battling against time-constrained GAS. This happens when someone puts their gear for sale and the deal is good. Either I give in, or somebody buys it before me. It's just a matter of riding it out, see if I can hold on... There'll be daily updates and musings.
  50. BrianS

    Leica Leica M9 Sensor Repair Time- weeks, not months

    It has only been two weeks since I packed up my Leica M9 and sent to Leica, New Jersey. I detected the first signs of cover-glass corrosion about 3 weeks ago. Today the repairman notified me that the M9 was on its way back to me. The invoice confirms that Leica replaced the sensor, did a...
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