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    jaapv reacted to tommonego@gmail.com in CL - the image thread   
    Jen's Farm after a snow
    CL 50 Summicron V1 
     

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    jaapv got a reaction from jcalchi in My CL and 23mm F2 Summicron   
    Flickr is awash in horribly overprocessed and oversharpened images...
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    jaapv got a reaction from nwphil in Q black paint touch-up   
    Very hard to make it look acceptable. What is against a used look? cameras are made to be used...
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    jaapv got a reaction from Bazookajoe in Q black paint touch-up   
    Very hard to make it look acceptable. What is against a used look? cameras are made to be used...
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    jaapv got a reaction from LocalHero1953 in Sigma DG 70/2.8 Macro Art user report   
    An excellent but quirky lens.
    It is a big and heavy piece of glass, slightly larger than the 55-135 and 75 grams more (650 g) but it feels heavier than that. It is -just- usable on the CL but the lack of IBIS (the lens has no OIS) dictates high shutter speeds. Build quality is correspondingly the proverbial tank. The design was not done with esthetics in mind.
    The optical quality is astoundingly good at all distances, from full 1:1 macro to infinity, with only the faintest trace of lateral CA. I cannot compare, but from memory it seems to be at least as good as the APO-Macro-Elmarit R, albeit not quite APO but with the advantage of not needing an Elpro. The Bokeh is very smooth and pleasant.
    AF may not be the fastest in the industry. but it is very precise and fast enough to keep up with my dog running towards me.  The AF limiter switch is essential, as the lens will tend to hunt from infinity to 1:1 and back without it, taking seconds, especially when doing in-camera focus stacking (S cameras) Limiting the range solves the problem.
    The focal length on full frame is on the short side for hand-held full macro, but it is doable. On the CL it will go into micro photography.
    I disliked manual focusing with macro - it takes many turns to wind the lens out to 1:1, so much so that I found it nearly unusable. AF only or at best static tripod use. However, the lens is equally  effective as a landscape, portrait and macro lens.
    Conclusion: A very versatile workhorse which will deliver top image quality. At the cost of bulk and weight. A steal at the price.
    (yes, I know my CL is filthy...  )
     

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    jaapv reacted to PMCG in Sigma DG 70/2.8 Macro Art user report   
    Thanks for the report. Too huge for me, but it's good to see the quality of the images. If I go for something less heavy and smaller than my Leica 75mm L-mount APO Summicron (which I love), it would be the Sigma 90mm, I think. The Sigma 45 and 90mm lenses would be a good travel kit augmenting my current Leica 35mm and 75mm combination.
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    jaapv got a reaction from cp995 in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv got a reaction from hofo100 in Sigma DG 70/2.8 Macro Art user report   
    An excellent but quirky lens.
    It is a big and heavy piece of glass, slightly larger than the 55-135 and 75 grams more (650 g) but it feels heavier than that. It is -just- usable on the CL but the lack of IBIS (the lens has no OIS) dictates high shutter speeds. Build quality is correspondingly the proverbial tank. The design was not done with esthetics in mind.
    The optical quality is astoundingly good at all distances, from full 1:1 macro to infinity, with only the faintest trace of lateral CA. I cannot compare, but from memory it seems to be at least as good as the APO-Macro-Elmarit R, albeit not quite APO but with the advantage of not needing an Elpro. The Bokeh is very smooth and pleasant.
    AF may not be the fastest in the industry. but it is very precise and fast enough to keep up with my dog running towards me.  The AF limiter switch is essential, as the lens will tend to hunt from infinity to 1:1 and back without it, taking seconds, especially when doing in-camera focus stacking (S cameras) Limiting the range solves the problem.
    The focal length on full frame is on the short side for hand-held full macro, but it is doable. On the CL it will go into micro photography.
    I disliked manual focusing with macro - it takes many turns to wind the lens out to 1:1, so much so that I found it nearly unusable. AF only or at best static tripod use. However, the lens is equally  effective as a landscape, portrait and macro lens.
    Conclusion: A very versatile workhorse which will deliver top image quality. At the cost of bulk and weight. A steal at the price.
    (yes, I know my CL is filthy...  )
     

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    jaapv reacted to zeitz in Convert 1 or more files from M8.2 DNG to TIFF   
    There is no image in a .dng file.  There is only a table of values from your camera's sensor, along with the metadata from the creation of the file such as the camera's properties.  There is also room in a .dng file to store edit's made in a post-processing software such as Lightroom, which is why the file date changes as processing.  Alternately Lightroom can save edits in a .xmp sidecar file; when sidecars are used, there is absolutely no change to the original .dng file.  .tif is a raster image created from your camera's sensor data using some profile; .tif can store the same metadata and can save layers without collapsing them.  .psd is a newer version of .tif, but some consider .tif to be a more stable standard for long-term (archival) preservation of images.  .jpg cannot save layers; layers must be collapsed.  You may think you are dumping Adobe by using .tif, but both .dng and .tif are owned by Adobe along with .psd.  .xmp is now an ISO standard, but it too was created by Adobe.  .jpg is not owned by Adobe, nor was it created by Adobe.  All programs that use .dng, .tif, and .psd do so at the benevolence of Adobe because Adobe openly publishes the file specs for anyone to use.
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    jaapv got a reaction from ropo54 in Sigma DG 70/2.8 Macro Art user report   
    Close up
     
     
     

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    jaapv got a reaction from sidelocke in OhOh, future of CL?   
    That is another thing - quite a few CL owners buy M and SL lenses -  that source of revenue would dry up as customers move to other brands - I was considering a new M 75 for the CL - Now I am looking at Sigma and Panasonic alternatives... It makes my bank manager smile.  
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    jaapv got a reaction from bernstein1234 in Poor man's Leica Hermès Edition   
    Yes the last one  
     

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    jaapv got a reaction from Pixeleater in Telephoto for Safari? Panasonic 70-200 w 2x vs. Leica 90-280   
    As for general advice:
    Covid-related:
    (from sad experience)
    Fly business or use an airline like Emirates or Qatar. Most airlines are so cash-strapped that economy long-haul flights can be hellish.
    Take plenty of N95 masks - even if you cannot use them, they are quite expensive for the local population in Africa and are appreciated
    Take some self-tests, they may be hard to get locally
    Take your own disinfectant - I have seen bottles of diluted.
    General
    Travel light and use soft luggage - weight and size can be limited on the way and I have seen hard suitcases refused on light aircraft.
    Pop clean underwear, spare essential medication and a toothbrush in your camera bag against delayed or lost checked luggage.
    Khaki clothing is not an affectation, in gameparks loud and bright is not conductive to good game-viewing, dust is best camouflaged by khaki and laundry facilities in game camps can be rudimental.
    Take a good hat. I can recommend Rogue. Have a chin strap. Safari vehicles are open and can work up to quite some speed occasionally.
    Use 8-hour sun lotion, like Rieman
    Have good binoculars for every member of the party. Swapping around is frustrating.
    Take spare sunglasses. The light-fingered community loves them, especially branded ones. Wear a cheap watch and no or simple jewelry. Not only is it not worth it to have it stolen, it is bad form to flout wealth in a third-world country.
    Photographic.
    S007: I took a 645 set on  Safari once - never again. The bulk and weight made it a very bad choice. Besides: you hand luggage is limited.Your 135 gear will likely eat up the whole allowance, and you surely are not going to check it. And carrying more that 12kg in 100º F is not going to be fun...
    Take two chargers. If a charger breaks, your whole system is dead. They are easily forgotten when going from camp to camp and take their time catching up.
    Make sure that you have backup and redundancy in your gear - there won't be a camera shop around the corner.
    A tripod is of extremely limited use at best. In the vehicle a bean bag is the way to go and when walking you are not going to schlepp it.
    Think about backup and keep it separate from your primary memory cards - those are prime objects to be pilfered.
    Above all:
    Don't do your safari  through your viewfinder. You'll lose 70% of the experience.  Sit back, feel the air, smell it, enjoy the surroundings, watch the animals, their interactions, and only raise your camera when you see something worth photographing. Take your holiday shots of sleeping Lions, browsing Giraffes and large Antelope herds by all means, but be aware that they have been repeated tens if not hundreds of thousands times before you. We are all photographers here and know that a photograph must tell an unique story. Take those!

     
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    jaapv got a reaction from jankap in Poor man's Leica Hermès Edition   
    I've told this anecdote before: My M9 looks like that, and I carried it at the introduction of the Hermes. Dr.  Kaufmann saw it around my neck just before his introduction speech and froze... before he realized that my camera had a normal top plate.  
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    jaapv got a reaction from bernstein1234 in Poor man's Leica Hermès Edition   
    I've told this anecdote before: My M9 looks like that, and I carried it at the introduction of the Hermes. Dr.  Kaufmann saw it around my neck just before his introduction speech and froze... before he realized that my camera had a normal top plate.  
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    jaapv got a reaction from Bart D in Heavenly Bird   
    CL, 55-135
     
     

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    jaapv got a reaction from cboy in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv got a reaction from Cobram in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv reacted to cpclee in CL--Is it possible to manually enter non-native lens profiles?   
    The camera behaves somewhat differently if you use a Leica branded or a third party adapter independent of whether your lens is coded.  For example, the right dial on the top of the camera is for selecting the degree of magnification to help manual focusing but that only works if you have a Leica adapter.  If you use a Leica adapter the moment you mount an uncoded lens a selection of lens profiles will be shown for you to select your lens.  If you use a third party adapter the camera does not even know a lens is mounted.
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    jaapv got a reaction from pippy in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv got a reaction from stefano60 in Leica Monochrom CCD, Who’s Selling? Why?   
    The R series is irreparable through total lack of parts.  I never had any problems with my M9 and M9M, except for the sensors, of course. For the rest they are still running like a clockwork. The one I sold was the M240, although it was useful for the EVF, I never bonded with it.
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    jaapv got a reaction from Simone_DF in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv got a reaction from mmradman in TTArtisan 28mm f5.6   
    The thing that really bugs me about Leica lenses is that they do not project a little red dot onto the image. People might miss that I took a truly superior photograph.
     
     
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    jaapv got a reaction from ppkarppi in In praise of the Mandler lenses   
    In twenty years time the title of the thread will be: "In praise of Karbe lenses". Leica has been fortunate to be able to attract these grand masters of lens design over the years.
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    jaapv got a reaction from stuny in Heavenly Bird   
    CL, 55-135
     
     

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