Leica M8 with Canon FD 17mm 4.0

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
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I tried out this combo, and it worked well. It is roughly a 22mm perspective, and there is no color shift that I can detect.

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This was a close-up at 30cm or so:

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This was taken at the harbor in Pensacola:
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Dana and Lina:
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The 17mm FD lens is known to have hardly any distortion at all. It is extremely well built.
Come to think of it, I may use this lens in our next trip to Italy.


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This is is Pensacola, Florida.
The 200mm 2.8 is a great lens. I use it on micro 4/3 cameras as a tele for sport events.
It is interesting that the modern RF wide angle lenses have some problems with the M8 and M9 due to closeness of the rear glass to the sensor, while old SLR lenses work better with these digital cameras.

I also sometimes use my Pentax Takumar (or SMC) lenses on my Leica cameras by using the Pentax to Canon FD adapter, plus adapter B for Canon FD to LTM (and then use LTM-M). The SMC 35/2 is a wonderful lens. I lose RF focusing this way, but it is not a problem to focus well with a wide angle lens.


Canon FD 17mm 4.0 SSC :

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I will soon try out this lens on the M9 for a wider view. I wonder whether the M9 sensor will also do well like the M8 did.

For comparison, here are two old photos of my daughters that I took with the M6 and this lens:





I love the images that I can take with the lens. The main disadvantages are : (1) size/weight (2) no RF focus.
The advantages: endless! :) cost=$0 (to me) sharp no distortion well built beautiful lens ...

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Contrast is not high, which is useful for B&W and for pastel colored images.


I took these photos yesterday at Pensacola Beach.



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With a max aperture of 4.0, this is not a fast lens, but modern digital cameras allow us to take photos indoors at slow speeds and with good results. I estimate the distances when focusing, and I could be sometimes off.


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Your feedback is welcome.

Raid
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
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Are those the Pretty Ponies that the insurance replaced?

Lina has grown so much in the last year.

The lens looks great on the M8. I need to try the Nikkor-UD 20/3.5 on my M9. And look for a Canon 17....
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
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I don't know which ponies are "old" and which ones are new ones. Lina is incredibly happy when she gets a new pony.
The Canon 17 is rectilinear in design, and having such a 22mm lens for the M8 is great. Get it. It is worth it. These old SLR lenses are not so close to the sensor, and they deliver very good performance.
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
123
Someone commented on these images by saying that all digital ones show a low contrast center. It is not seen in tne two film based images. Could there be a curved surface that does not totally match up with the flat sensor?
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
123
I hope so, Brian. This lens is known to be a sharp lens. I will try to dig deeper.
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
123
Thank you, Christie. I also like the colors with this lens. Nothing is harsh or high contrast, so it is a nice alternate lens to have and use.
 

Raid

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Dec 15, 2011
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I took these photos yesterday on the M8, side by side with the photos that I took with the Xenon 50/2.8 on the M9.

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