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The Official Leica Users Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Nantucket Red, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Seems a fair number of SF members either use Leica cameras and lenses or have an interest in discussing them, so in order not to derail other threads with discussions about this topic, I've created this thread for questions, answers, general discussion and, I hope, posting photos taken with Leica cameras and lenses.
     
  2. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Since this thread is, by definition, worthless without pics, I'll kick it off with a discussion of the difference in character between lenses of the same focal length but different maximum aperture. Leica people discuss this at length, but a couple of photos easily serve to illustrate. Note particularly the bokeh, or out-of-focus areas.

    Both photos were shot with Leica M rangefinders on Kodak BW400CN film.

    First, the current version of the 50mm Summicron (f2) shot at maximum aperture (or very close to it).

    [​IMG]

    Second, the 50mm Summilux (f1.4) pre-asph, the version prior to the current one.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. ratboycom

    ratboycom Senior member

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    Hey Red, do you know any places here in Tokyo where I can get rolls of Medium Format film processed and get some prints? I have been using 127 roll film this summer in a Yashica 44 (similar to a Baby Rollei in size) and really want to get some wedding pics printed.
     
  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    In Japanese:

    http://www.lemonsha.com/

    And English:

    http://www.lemonsha.com/english/

    The place with the model trains does film processing and can scan your negs or slides to CD ROM. This is where I get all my processing done. Bic Camera also processes film, though I can't vouch for the quality.
     
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    Thanks!
    I knew Bic would do 35mm for sure but I wasnt sure about odd sizes.
     
  6. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Ask around. 120 film is readily available in both shops, so it should be no problem.
     
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    ghulkhan Senior member

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    Do you have any pics of daugthers and moms taken with your leica?? Lol
     
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    Reporting for duty.
     
  9. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Do you have any pics of daugthers and moms taken with your leica?? Lol

    Sure, here you go . . . lol

    [​IMG]

    Got any pics taken with your 50 Asph?
     
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    Sure, here you go . . . lol

    [​IMG]

    Got any pics taken with your 50 Asph?


    I have not gotten my first reel developed yet as I cant afford a decent scanner at the moment. I dont want to pay 20 bucks just for them to put my stuff on a cd...

    hopefully soon
     
  11. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    That is rather excessive. I pay less than half that per roll. Anyway, I look forward to seeing some of your photos when you get them processed and scanned.
     
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    I want one just for a Noctilux lens, but its way to much.
     
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    Sure, here you go . . . lol

    [​IMG]

    Got any pics taken with your 50 Asph?


    Off topic - is that a quintessential salaryman in the left of the photo?
     
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    Off topic - is that a quintessential salaryman in the left of the photo?

    Not quintessential, just average. The quintessential Showa-era salaryman has a very specific look with a distinctive style of glasses.
     
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    I want one just for a Noctilux lens, but its way to much.

    I've seen some amazing photos taken with the Noctilux, and others that just make me seasick with the swirling bokeh. Someone once memorably described the Noctilux bokeh as "ghostly lightbulbs." It will be interesting to see the results from the new f0.95 aspherical version.

    From what I've read, one reason the Noctilux is so expensive is because it requires special glass that needs to cool over the course of 18 months. Anyhow, at $6k used, I won't be buying one any time soon either.
     
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    I own an M6 ....and love it so much I will probably eventually get an M8.

    Also, look at this:

    Leica's new 37.5 megapixel AF DSLR

    Leica S2
    [​IMG]

    It is Leica's first true DSLR system ....and their first Auto-focus SLR.
     
  18. Nantucket Red

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    The M6 was my first Leica and is a truly excellent camera and a good value for anybody getting into film photography with Leica optics. Mine just came back last weekend from an overhaul. My MP is much easier to focus, so I'd like to get the viewfinder upgrade for my M6.

    Many M8 owners complain about its performance, and apparently only some of the issues have been fixed with the M8.2. The deal-killer for me is the crop factor. A full-frame M9 is probably still a few years away.

    The S2 looks amazing and the reports from people who have used it are so far very favorable. The format is being called middle-format, larger than 35mm but smaller than medium-format. The full-frame R10 will be based on the S2 and is anticipated to be smaller than the current R9.
     
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    Love looking at these photography threads [​IMG] What do you guys do with the photos afterwards?
     
  20. Nantucket Red

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    Love looking at these photography threads [​IMG]

    What do you guys do with the photos afterwards?


    Blackmail, mostly. [​IMG]

    What do you mean by "afterwards"?
     

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