Brief Review: Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 ZM Lens

Jul 20, 2014 - 9:14 PM - by Amin Sabet





The latest lens addition to my bag is the Zeiss 18mm f/4 ZM Distagon. In researching this purchase, I found surprisingly few online reviews. Still, I found a good price on a used copy and decided to go for it.

After a few days of ownership, this lens has exceeded my expectations to the point where I thought I'd share some image samples and observations here.

Coded as an Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 (11134), there is little to no noticeable color drift at the edges when using this lens on a Leica M 240 (thanks to Antonio for this tip):




My copy of the lens has a replacement mount that allowed me to code it for automatic recognition:



I use the LensTagger Lightroom plugin to alter the EXIF information so that it indicates the correct lens model and focal length.

Sharpness in the central part of the image is acceptable with the lens at f/4. Central sharpness is very good at f/5.6, and the edges are looking good at f/8. Stopped down to f/11, it delivers corner to corner sharpness. Sharp enough that even after perspective distortion of the above shot, it retains a high level of detail. Click the image below to see the 100% full size version:



That was taken handheld at 1/90s (EXIF inaccurate), so it may not represent the sharpest... [Read More]
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Quick Comparison: Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar and Leica 21mm Summilux Aspherical

Jul 12, 2014 - 4:06 PM - by Amin Sabet


I don't shoot ultrawide angle very often but decided to pick up the Voigtlander 21mm f/4 Color Skopar. Priced at $419 (got mine used for $330) and weighing just 136g, it wasn't a huge burden for my wallet or shoulder.

My brother lent me his Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux Aspherical, a slightly more expensive and heavier lens, to do a quick, informal comparison. The Leica 21mm f/3.4 would have been a better comparison with my lens, or the Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 with my brothers, but these are the two 21mm lenses I had on hand.

Here are the two lenses side by side:




Mounted:




That's a lot of glass (Leica):




Before I show some 100% crops, you'll want to use the dropdown menu in the far bottom left corner of this page to choose "LeicaPlace Default for High-Res Displays" if you want to view original size (100% images). Otherwise they will be scaled down to about 60% view.

Here's a shot at f/8, Leica on the left and Voigtlander on the right. I was using the camera profile for the Leica 21mm Elmarit to do corrections for... [Read More]
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Interesting Article Comparing Top SLR 50s and Leica M Mount 50s at LensRentals.com

Jul 09, 2014 - 9:42 AM - by Amin Sabet
Roger Cicala did some very interesting testing of some top performing SLR 50s and several current production Leica M mount 50s.

As expected, all of them are great. Still interesting to see the differences.

Link: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014...es-version-0-7
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Featured: 'A Few More from my Workshop' by Christilou

Jun 29, 2014 - 12:49 PM - by Christilou
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New Leica ME??

Jun 18, 2014 - 2:50 PM - by VINCETAN
http://leicarumors.com/2014/06/18/le...px/#more-28976

Now, if that rumor is true and they come up with a silver version without any red Leica logo in front, for the same price or lower, that would be a home run.
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Leica M Edition 100 & 28mm Summilux

May 22, 2014 - 1:28 PM - by VINCETAN
http://www.l-camera-forum



Wife, I really need this one. Can we sell one of our kids so I can get this. Seriously, we don't need 2, one is enough.
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True Sense Imaging, maker of CCD's for the M-E and M Monochrom, now ON Semiconductor

May 20, 2014 - 4:21 PM - by Brian
This happened quietly?



Truesense Imaging- Formerly Kodak's Sensor Division spun off a few years ago, has been bought out by ON Semiconductor.



http://www.truesenseimaging
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Featured: 'My Cousin's Wedding, Leica Style' by kingsfan

May 19, 2014 - 10:40 PM - by kingsfan
recently shot at my cousin's wedding with my leica m6 and 50mm f/2

wedding (21) by QmungousPhoto.com, on Flickr

wedding (73) by QmungousPhoto.com, on Flickr

wedding (46) by QmungousPhoto.com, on Flickr

wedding (95) by QmungousPhoto.com, on Flickr

wedding (4) by QmungousPhoto.com, on Flickr

(my stepdaughter was in charge of the digital!)

the rest here:
http://qmungousphoto.com/?p=7297
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Choose Your Max Image Size for the Forums

May 04, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by Amin Sabet
I just added a new feature for the forums, which is that you can choose your max image display size. To do so, go to the menu on the far bottom left corner of any forum change and use the "Quick Style Chooser" to select a normal style (max image dimension 1024px), a "high-res" style (max image dimension 2048px), or a "smaller display" style (max image dimension 512px).

If someone posts a 312px wide image in a forum post, it will display 312px wide to you no matter which style you choose. However, if someone posts a 1600px wide photo in their forum post, it will display at the original size for those who are viewing using a "high-res" style, at 1024px wide for those using a standard style (which is the default) and at 512px wide for those using a "smaller display" style.

The idea is for everyone to be able to view images as high res as possible without having to do horizontal scrolling to read forum posts. I'm planning to embed my Flickr photos at the 1600px size going forward.

Hope you enjoy!
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