Featured: 'Finding Clarity' by russelljtdyer

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:06 PM - by russelljtdyer


Early this year, I bought a Leica M9, replacing an M8.2. I mentioned in a previous post how long of a journey it was to get to this point. Although it works well for me outdoors, I've had problems using the M9 for studio photography. Without automatic focusing, it has been difficult to use with models. My main problem is with focusing sharply. It's easier with the M9 and it's better sensor, but I still have problems. I’ve tried to work through my difficulties, but have been unable to resolve them. It’s embarrassing to have all of this equipment, when a model can take better pictures of me with her iPhone.

A few months ago I discovered Matthew Osbone (see photo below of him), who gives photography lessons and uses the Leica M9 camera and Leica lenses for fashion photography and weddings. He's the same person who taught the workshop that Christina attended at the end of June this year in London. I asked him to give me private lessons to improve my skills in using my cameras and lenses in a studio setting. I had to go to London this past week for a few days for work, so I scheduled one day to go to Matthew's studio in Coventry.



He gave me advice about holding the camera differently, adjusting the lens more smoothly, where to focus on the model, etc. We photographed a model, Gina Underhill for over four hours. He also gave me suggestions on configuring the camera for portrait photography. He went through exposure settings and positioning and use of the studio lights, as well as working with natural lighting.

The result is that I feel much more confident about using my cameras and lenses for studio photography--and it was a fun day. Below are... [Read More]
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Russell can be seen occasionally petting his Zeiss Ikon camera and quietly calling it, 'my precious', much to the discomfort of those around him.


Russell's Photography Equipment (updated April 2014)
Zeiss Ikon camera
Leica M9 camera

Leica Elmarit-M f2.8 21mm (E60) lens
Zeiss Biogon ZM f/2 35mm lens
Leica Summicron-M f2 50mm lens
Leica Elmarit-M f/2.8 90mm (E46 Germany) lens
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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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