I polished my Leica M Type 240

Bored with the rather standard and boring look of my Leica, I managed to polish it entirely. I like the result very much!

Super-Angulon 21mm is always a win on M8

IMG_2529.JPGRetrieved my old Super-Angulon f3.4/21mm with retired Leica M8 and I get a nice retro look package which takes amazing black and white photos. Very Nice combo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example :

 

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Very nice new blog and Photo Magazine from LFI

Look here -> M-Magazine web site

 

Tool to format SD card in a “safe” way

If you want to easily format your cards, you can use this app for Mac or Windows. It is efficient and made specifically for SD cards. This software formats all SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards.

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

 

Amazing Zeiss Touit 2.8/12mm – compared to Leica Tri-Elmar 4/16-18-21 at f4/18mm

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New Zeiss Touit 12mm delivers highest level of image quality on Sony Nex-7. This Zeiss lens is quite large but is a real top performer, very impressive.

On the minus side for the Touit is a strange behaviour with AF on Nex-7, it is nearly useless because slow. The lens is pumping back and forth for each focus. A firmware update is by the way expected from Sony this summer. I hope it will correct this drawback. Manual focus is now what I use, and this is very comfortable on the Nex. Another drawback is that the lens is not recognized by Nex-7 to adjust microfocus. Not a major drawback on this 12mm but definitely one on the Touit 1.8/32 which is shifted on the lens I have. This will come maybe with next firmware too.

Here are 2 pictures taken with Nex 7 (left) and Leica M 240 (right) at f4 on both lens (Leica has handicap of full aperture, noticeable on corners)

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Details Center

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Details Edge

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Leica M + Canon EF 300mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM

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This could seem strange to mount such a beast of a lens on the new Leica M, but results are amazing and better compared to a Canon camera. Only problem is that you have no IS and no AF, and it becomes a challenge to focus right and not shake. But for landscape photography this is absolutely OK. You actually profit a lot from Leica sensor with NO antialiasing filter. New long lens photo quality level is now reachable for landscape photographers.

The following photo was taken at night with lens aperture fully opened at f2.8 and camera set at ISO 800. Raw photo converted to jpeg in LR4.4. No correction except exposure compensation for photos to look equally exposed.

The first thing you will see is a real increase of details in Leica M picture. Colors are also more natural, less “synthetic” than Canon.

Leica M Type 240

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Here is a new picture made at full aperture, by night

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New LEICA M vs M9 – Night picture RAW files comparison

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Here are 2 night photos taken at ISO1250 with Leica M and M9 and same Summilux 35mm ASPH lens, shutter speed 2s and aperture f4. This files are Raw and are big.

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Leica M Profile for Lightroom

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Here is a LEICA M PROFILE for Lightroom (done with Color Checker Passport, recently updated to a two illuminants daylight+halogen profile):

LEICA M (Typ 240).dcp

On a Mac the file has to be copied to ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles. On a PC I don’t know the location but this shoul be easy to find on internet.

In Lightroom, go to develop mode and to the bottom on the right side pane in “Camera Calibration”. Here select the Profile “LEICA M (Type 240)”.

Try this profile and judge by yourself. There is some difference compared to the “embedded” profile in the Red rendition.

New LEICA M vs M9 – Daylight picture RAW files comparison

Here are Raw files for a daylight photo I took with the same Noctilux lens on both cameras at 1/350s f8 fixed daylight white balance.

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Continue reading -> New LEICA M vs M9 – Daylight picture RAW files comparison

Stunning Leica lens resolution power

Here is a photo taken with the New Leica M + Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH – Look at the buildings in the background, you can even see birds flying, so many details !

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