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    wda reacted to Studio58 in best portrait lens for M9 Suggestions   
    yo yo dude...I am with Reds and others on this one. How does one define "portrait". It certainly is not the icon on the modern SLR selector dial and it is not necessarily the pre conceived idea in your head... cos the guy standing next to you has a different image in his.
    No, clearly the notion of portrait is a concept which has neither rule or boundary. Choose lens or brush or whatever medium you feel appropriate to communicate the message. Your concept asks for boundaries to be applied.... With such constraints, mediocrity beckons like a siren.
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    wda reacted to Reds in best portrait lens for M9 Suggestions   
    and just to prove everyone's point about what is and what isn't a portrait lens. Just for the crack - here's one with a 21mm Lux.
     
    See - the real question is "what is a portrait" ;-)
     
    from the middle aged man of the days when 2 megapickles was astounding. ;-)
     

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    wda got a reaction from pelagia in M9 Firmware Update Available   
    Toomas, from my post above you will see that it what I have been doing. Smaller capacity cards are cheaper, proven and give low-cost insurance against catastrophic losses if you suffer such a failure or physical loss/theft with one high capacity card.
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    wda got a reaction from jaapv in M9 Firmware Update Available   
    Toomas, from my post above you will see that it what I have been doing. Smaller capacity cards are cheaper, proven and give low-cost insurance against catastrophic losses if you suffer such a failure or physical loss/theft with one high capacity card.
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    wda reacted to TomB_tx in M9 Firmware Update Available   
    Like most computer standards there are lots of details not specified, and lots of ways to create "complying" devices that should function the same but get around someone else's patents. Having worked on the industrial test equipment side with similar variations I can sympathise with Leica. You design for the standard, but can't possibly test every device that claims to comply with it. So you list what you know works, and then when that same supplier changes models you have no control over their new ones. Frustrating for all parties.
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    wda reacted to earleygallery in Where are those Leica-M Forum members?   
    He was criticised too much for his taste and chose to leave, a real shame. I met him at one of our London meets and what a pleasure it was.
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    wda reacted to bybrett in 50 Elmar f/2.8 New Style   
    I forgot to mention it's only any good for shooting MkII Jaguars:D
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    wda reacted to esophoria in M9 Firmware Update Available   
    Leica has posted the new firmware update, 1.174 on its site
     
    Leica Camera AG - Downloads
     
    I updated with no issues. Be sure to read the notes along with the download. Still one card they are not happy with, of course, it's the one I own.
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    wda reacted to jaapv in A gear report   
    Five weeks through Africa - from hot storms and fine sand to hot and dusty to rainforest and tropical rainstorms- Using a M9 and DMR.
     
    Actually the gear was fine and kept going under all conditions, with a few hitches.
     
    First off my main headache in the beginning was keeping the sand away from the shutter of the M9 - so I made a point only to change lenses indoors - still I had to clear sand grains from the helicoid of the Summilux 50 asph - after that I reverted to the M8 and Summicron 40 when going outside.
    I loaded a new Sandisk 16 Gb Ultra and immediately the camera started acting up - it never did before, so I reverted to an old Sandisk card and compressed DNGs to have plenty of space on the 4 old cards I had and the trouble disappeared - proof to me that the cause is with Sandisk.
    The only other hitch was that to segments of the LEDs in the viewfinder burnt out - no big deal.
    In dust and heat no problems at all, except for the know issue that DMR chargers shut off over 45 degrees C. so I had to charge in the morning. The sensor dust could be controlled with the Rocket Blower in the bathroom in the evenings.
    In the rainforest it was hot and wet,wet wet. The M9 viewfinder fogged up, and so did the the DMR. I had to take the DMR apart a couple of times to dry the contacts...
    But the cameras did keep working, albeit with a slightly unstable DMR because of the moisture. I broke the tripod mount thread of the DMR.
    The sticky tape on the Thumbie of the M9 gave up and the thingy fell off...
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!So I sent the gear to Leica today for a CLA and repair. Upgrading the M9 to chrome as well
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!Two accesories proved themselves invaluable when hiknig in harsh conditions: the Sun Sniper diagonal strap for the DMR with heavy zoom and the Novoflex walking stick-monopod. I will never travel without those again!
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    wda reacted to thighslapper in 28mm f2.8 ASPH vs f2 ASPH ???   
    Wise choice.....
     
    I would have made my decision entirely on how much cash I had and the physical size of the lens.
     
    Optical qualitative differences between most of the current Leica lenses are minuscule and very subjective....... In 95% of situations you would be hard pressed to tell the difference....
     
    I'm afraid we all spend too much time anguishing about the capabilities of our equipment and not enough time actually taking pictures....
     
    If I had any sense I would follow the Overgaard philosophy and stick a limited range of lenses and apertures and snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap......... Instead of talking and thinking about it...
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    wda reacted to CalArts 99 in 28mm f2.8 ASPH vs f2 ASPH ???   
    Both lenses are excellent lenses. Both have some obvious quantitative differences: 1) aperture 2) physical size. And both have some qualitative nuanced differences in the way they render an image (which is subjective.) But using either one will not make or break the quality of your work. There are thousands of bad photographs made using very expensive lenses and an equal number made on less expensive lenses.
     
    Maybe try not to get too hung up on the tools themselves so much and just put your own skills and best effort into your work. Buy either lens based on your own needs/choice/intuition and then go make good images that won't end up in the digital wasteland
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    wda got a reaction from farnz in Do Digilux 2 photos have distinctive look?   
    Lester, your portraits are fine by any standards, although particularly poignant in view of the story. Your Digilux 2 proved more than capable of producing memorable pictures of your late friend.
     
    Despite the sadness, Welcome to the Forum and continue to enjoy your Digilux 2!
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    wda reacted to gkoslo in Do Digilux 2 photos have distinctive look?   
    The location for this photo was very dark and I had no tripod with me, so I tried to shoot three in row for the first time. It worked out pretty well. Location: Oslo, Norway. Data: Jpg straight out of the camera, iso 200, f. 2.0 at shutter speed 1/6.
    Geir

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    wda reacted to lars_bergquist in Focus shift question   
    Spherical aberration means that rays passing through peripheral parts of the lens – far from the optical axis – come to a different focus than rays passing closer to the central axis. With large-diameter, i.e. fast lenses where this phenomenon is noticeable, lenses are normally adjusted so that when the lens is wide open, the resulting bundle of rays hits the film/sensor where the bundle is narrowest and therefore most sharp. When the lens is stopped down, the peripheral rays are progressively cut off, and the sharp 'waist' of the bundle moves to the rear. Consequently, the plane of best focus on the subject side moves forward. The lens back-focuses. This happens always, at all times, at all distances, and whenever you stop the lens down.
     
    I bought a 25mm Summilux ASPH in 1998. It gave no problems on film, because the depth of the emulsion layer hid most of the focus shift. On the M8, it was quite irritating. I simply could not trust the lens at apertures from 2 to 4. At 5.6, increasing depth of field did hid the fact that the focus had shifted, but when the subject had considerable depth, it was clear that there was disproportonately little depth of field this side of the point where I had focused the rangefinder, and lots of it behind it!
     
    I replaced the lens with the current version with the floating element. This has reduced the focus shift to about half, which is completely acceptable, and I love the lens. The picture was made with the Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH FLE at about 2.8, and would have been highly improbable with the previous version.
     
    The aspherical old man

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    wda got a reaction from edmond_terakopian in Photography Masters Cup Nomination   
    Well Done Edmond! A fine picture well seen and captured.
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    wda got a reaction from algrove in Viewfinder Accuracy   
    Given a choice, I aim to frame tight. I always find that there is extra breathing space for trimming if necessary. Try to avoid anything important at the frame edge. You never know quite how much will be included or excluded.
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    wda got a reaction from darylgo in Viewfinder Accuracy   
    Given a choice, I aim to frame tight. I always find that there is extra breathing space for trimming if necessary. Try to avoid anything important at the frame edge. You never know quite how much will be included or excluded.
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    wda reacted to t024484 in Yellow line fixed -- what is pixel/column restoration?   
    Hard drives are incomparabe to sensors, since the geographical location on the disk has no relation to the information. Data can be stored on any place that is available.
     
    Data in a sensor is related to its postion. If a pixel is dead, the information cannot be stored somewhere else. To make things even more complex for a CCD, if a pixel is dead, all information in the column above this pixel gets lost because the information of all pixels in the same column is shifted pixel by pixel to the output row.
    The dead pixel breaks this chain of information transfer.
     
    By interpolation, all missing pixels can be restored, at the cost of losing some resolution locally.
     
    Hans
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    wda reacted to StephenPatterson in Yellow line fixed -- what is pixel/column restoration?   
    Bill, I'm not sure about what Leica does with Kodak sensors, but with other products I've been associated with when we received sensors from the manufacturer they would be accompanied with a certificate showing dead pixels, dead clusters, dead columns and dead rows. We had a spec for how many were acceptable, but it would be cost prohibitive to only accept perfect sensors. The engineers wrote algorithms to replace the dead pixels with a value, based on the surrounding pixels, which was then displayed and recorded. It sounds horrible but actually works pretty well, especially if the resolution is high enough.
     
    Stephen
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    wda reacted to dhsimmonds in Blackstone   
    Meanwhile Charles Morgan has ignored advice from so called business guru's to add external financing to develop and expand Morgan cars. Yes, there is a two year waiting list for their excellent sports cars but they survive in the ownership of the Morgan family.
     
    Something of a lesson here in the business classrooms of Harvard and Ashridge!
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    wda reacted to chrisgad in Danger! Superglue fumes and lens coatings   
    No, the hood still came off the lens, and I thought I would not (often, at least) want to remove the filter from the hood. On the old Summicrons, you can't screw a filter in to the lens, so you have to use a hood to hold a filter.
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    wda reacted to robert blu in Will there be a X2?   
    I thought that image quality of the x1 was excellent !
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    PS: of course everything can be improved...
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    wda got a reaction from DavidE in Do Digilux 2 photos have distinctive look?   
    Very well rendered orchids, David.
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    wda got a reaction from StephenPatterson in Does a 21mm need a seperate viewfinder   
    macpants, I think you approach your lens purchasing from an oblique angle. You haven't defined a purpose for owning a 21mm lens. And then in your statement you assume you have to buy the most expensive version available, the Summilux. Settle for the new Super Elmar, if you can find one, or a mint used Aspheric Elmarit; not only does your budget shrink but you have spare funds to buy a necessary viewfinder.
     
    I have the latter lens which is super for most needs. I also have a dedicated Leica 21mm viewfinder. Although I could guess the framing for impromptu street photography, for considered architecture, inside or outside, a viewfinder becomes more than desirable.
     
    You will find that when you go into the super-wide territory, much more care is needed with framing and alignment. Skill follows lots of practice.
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    wda reacted to edmond_terakopian in Who's On Flickr?!   
    You can opt in for Getty to sell your work from Flickr and do a split with you. You can also choose what level of usage you allow, including, none. Naturally, just like the rest of the web, someone can steal an image by capturing the screen. That's my reason for the watermark, which whilst not 100% effective, will stop most usage.
     
    Edmond
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