Showcase Leica M8 and M8.2 Using M8Raw2dng

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Camera Sample Image Showcase' started by Brian, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    This thread is for images made using M8 "RAW" mode and the M8raw2dng file convertor.

    http://m8raw2dng.de/

    These are using V1.05 with the -c option, which uses the M9 color profiles.

    Examining colors, they look good to me. The "Green" table cloth in the schoolhouse looks accurate, and this table cloth used to appear "Blue" in early M9 files.

    These are with the Minolta 50/1.4, IR cut filter used. ISO 160, wide-open.

    The last image is taken from outside- through the old Window, very soft.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    With the Jupiter-9
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    More with the Minolta.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    These are straight conversions from RAW to uncompressed DNG using V 1.05 M8raw2dng, then exported straight to JPEG using LR3.6. No post-processing.
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    With the Jupiter-8, modified for close-focus ~0.8m.

    M8 RAW, using V1.05 M8raw2dng.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    This is the cleanest ISO 2500 image that I've had using the M8. RAW format, converted using V1.1 of m8raw2dng, colors adjusted using Photoshop CS2. I normalized the histograms for each of the RGB channels then used "auto-level". No noise reduction in post processing.

    35/1.7 Ultron, wide-open.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Version 1.2 of Arvid's raw convertor is out, and judging from the new conversions, it is quite nice.

    I've been using it almost exclusively with the M8. I'm experimenting with the monochrome conversions using the uncompressed Raw files.

    These are with the late version Jupiter-12 35/2.8, shimmed and optimized for the Leica. ISO 160, RAW Mode, converted using a Simulated blue filter. NO IR filter.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Color shots from today, a 1963 ZOMZ Jupiter-3 5cm F1.5- also optimized for Leica.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Color with the J-12, no IR filter used. The shadow detail is improved with the RAW mode. I need to try some high ISO shots with V1.2.

    The M8 is now 8 years old, and "Better than ever" between Firmware improvements from Leica and Uncompressed Raw files from Arvid.
     

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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    While everyone is talking about Leica's newest Digital camera, I'm still discovering capabilities of the M8.

    This is using M8RAW2DNG, an example of how much shadow detail is present in the uncompressed image.

    Shot straight into the Sun, J-3, wide-open.

    Shot at ISO 160, F1.5, 1/8000th.

    [​IMG]

    This is a 4 Stop Push, equivalent of ISO2500, then colors balanced in Photoshop.

    [​IMG]
     
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    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I'm amazed at what the raw processor is doing for high ISO with the Kodak sensor. It's an amazing sensor, I've used its little brother in the Oly E-1 for a few years now. Nothing touches it for fall color.

    Although the M 240 sensor is superb, it isn't a replacement for the Kodak sensors in the M8, M9, and ME.
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I've been using M8Raw2Dng for almost a year now. I like the extra latitude with the M8, and the extra detail. The M8's 1/8000th of a second top shutter speed allows use of fast lenses in brightly lit conditions. I like using the M8 with the hacked SLR lenses, especially the Minolta MC Mount 50/1.4. This lens is center-sharp, and suits the M8 1.3x crop factor.

    Wide-Open, Fall colors. Contrast increased with 16-bit DNG, then exported to JPEG.

    15590636189_84dba17f07_o. Fall Colors

    F1.4 and 1/6000th second.

    15590466209_217b1b84be_o. Fall Colors

    15590872538_1fa4cba8b2_o. Fall Colors

    This lens maintains coupling down to 0.65m. That, and the crop factor- allows for some tight shots.
     
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    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    Lovely back-lit shots, Brian. :)
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    some more with the M8 yesterday, these are from the "Hybrid Sonnar/J3", made from left overs of 6 (or so) lenses.

    at F4,

    15669236117_e42206b1be_b. Gunston Hall, Fall

    Wide-Open.

    The M8 gets all the cool lenses.

    15232723264_057d3a91c0_b. Gunston Hall, Fall

    I picked through several front elements to get this rendering.

    15667658980_071022777f_b. Gunston Hall, Fall

    Hard to explain- until you swap out four front elements on a lens, then compare the wide-open shots.

    Wide-Open, I used LR 3.6 to increase contrast on this one.

    15669236257_ab389e806b_b. Gunston Hall, Fall

    Why does the M8 get the "Hacked" lenses: The 1.3x crop factor makes it easier to convert SLR lenses, i can use a tube for a Cam and make anti-reflection baffling without worrying about vignetting; the M8's thin IR filter softens the image less than the M9; AND 1/8000th of a second shutter speed means shooting wide-open, outdoors, on a sunny day. With M8Raw2DNG the full capability of the CCD is realized. Not that I'll get rid of the other two Digital M's, but the M8 is a favorite "grab and go" camera.
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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