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  1. I had a pre-asph version 2 for a while and I really liked it, but I sold it on for the latest 50mm f1.4 asph. The newer lens is so sharp you could cut yourself with it. The older lens has a bit more character, but I prefer the newer lens. If I could only have one lens and no others (and I have a lot of lenses) it would be the 50mm f1.4 asph. I also have a pre-asph version 1 and I would not recommend that lens at all. It is not sharp wide open, although if used carefully it does produce some charming old-school results.
  2. Leica M-P 240 and Summilux 50mm f1.4 (V1) This is a difficult lens to tame wide open, but it works well in contrasty light. The dehaze slider in the Adobe Raw tool helps a lot too.
  3. I have a Thumbie on my M240 and M10 and they are identical and interchangeable. I've been using a Thumbie on all of my digital Leica Ms and prefer them to the other thumb rest options. The black paint on all of my Thumbies have peeled off in places revealing brass underneath. All of the paint on the one I have on an M8 has completely peeled off and the Thumbie is now completely brass. All fine by me, but if you're concerned about cosmetics then the Thumbie might not be a good choice for you.
  4. Leica M8.2, Summicron 90mm f2 (V1)
  5. Leica M8.2, Summicron 90mm f2 (V1)
  6. I made a quick portrait this morning for a client and used an M10-p with a 50mm f1.4 asph, and a 50mm f2 Summitar. Interesting difference between the two.
  7. $1500 for an M9 with a corroded sensor is a bit high IMO. That said, I seldom see them much cheaper than that. Under $1k with little or no visible corrosion would be okay and use it as is until intolerable. If the corrosion is manageable and the cost is under $1000 then it's a decent user camera that can either be fixed later by a third party or discarded. About a year ago I bought an M9 for well under $1000 that showed a couple of minor spots that basically looked like some minor dust on the sensor. I ended up giving it, along with a 7A 35mm f2 to a friend and colleague of mine, a young
  8. Leica M8 Hexagon 17mm f16 (bird) Rokkor 40mm f2 (baseball)
  9. 7Artisans 50mm f1.1, Leica M8.2 Shot wide open. One of the worst of the recent Chinese lenses IMHO, and I seldom use it. I consider it mostly a novelty lens.
  10. 7Artisans 28mm f1.4, Leica MP-240 Shot wide open and a bit overexposed since I didn't have an ND filter with me. Shot in RAW, so I could bring it down but I still couldn't tame the highlights on her nose.
  11. The Chinese produce batteries so cheaply I find it hard to believe that they haven't made an M10 battery. Considering that a new Leica battery sells for $190, an aftermarket battery would sell briskly at $50+ each. I don't buy the idea that the market isn't big enough to sell aftermarket batteries considering that some very old models with little demand are still being made and sold. This leads me to believe that there may be some proprietary electronics in the M10 and M240 batteries that can't be legally replicated to work properly. I have two M10 cameras and three batteries for each. I'
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