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    wda reacted to war in The Flower Thread   
    Q2

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    wda reacted to DC-S5 in Open thread: Show us your portraits!   
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    wda reacted to DC-S5 in Open thread: Show us your portraits!   
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    wda reacted to Skorpio in Leica X Vario Photos   
    The Phelps Organ, Hexham Abbey.
    X-Vario, ISO1600, 1/25sec, f5.6

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    wda reacted to fotografr in Sunset   
    Thanks, David. Your suggestion is a good one and it does, indeed, create a different image. I had intentionally selected one of the shots I took that included the top of the hotel entrance and the flag in the lower left. I guess i was seeing that as kind of a slice of Americana. Looking at the crop you suggested, I find I do prefer it to my original.

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    wda reacted to fotografr in "Cord Walk"   
    This cord walk, as it's called, winds through sand dunes at Kohler Andre State Park and leads to Lake Michigan.
    M10R/28mm Summaron

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    wda reacted to adan in 80's M Lenses vs Takumar   
    You are perfectly right that using M lenses on anything but an M rangefinder camera is not cost-effective (unless one already owns the lenses, and even then......).
    A significant part of the cost of an M lens is for the precision mechanics to couple to the RF and viewfinder - focus cam surface and helical; special mount-flange to key the correct framelines; flange mating surface. All need to be down to 100ths of a mm.
    That is wasted money on any other viewing and focusing system. Stuff one doesn't need and can't make use of, but still has to pay for.
    Which is why Canon, Nikon and others bailed on rangefinders in the 1960s. So long as the customers would accept the heavier weight and size, and mirror slap and sound, SLRs and SLR lenses could be made less expensively (even with their own aperture levers and connections - the precision only needed to be "open/stopped-down," at least until "Shutter priority" came into existence in the 1980s).
    Another part of the cost is and was making the lenses extra-small (mostly) while maintaining image qualities that were at least as good as equivalent, larger SLR lenses. Both for better balance on the smaller RF bodies, and to avoid blocking the RF/VF.
    On the flip side - the Takumar lenses don't work that well on an M body, unless one is willing to guess the subject distance and then scale-focus, and sticks to wide-angles.
    BTW - Pentax did do a decent job of making good, solid, fairly small SLRs and lenses - at the cost of leaving out some pro features, and sticking with slower apertures on many lenses (35 f/3.5, 20mm f/4.5 - gaaah! ). I used Pentax Spotmatics and Takumars in college - right up to the moment that the pros and instructors pointed out that I'd have to get Nikons to fit into the "Pro Ecosystem" that Nikon dominated until the AF era. I didn't test Takumars against M lenses, but the Takumars did the job fine.
    An analogy: There exist small aircraft engines that are roughly comparable to a 4-cylinder boxer-style car engine. Let's say a Continental O-200 putting out about 100hp.
    With some effort, one could fit one into a car, preferably an old VW Beetle to avoid modern car electronics and sensors. And get it adapted to run on unleaded auto fuel. But they aren't cheap, because they (like Leica lenses) are made in small numbers. And have to have special engineering to meet special certification standards to fly around 5000 feet above people's heads. $27000 each. And your VW (or Subaru, or Porsche) probably won't go that much faster if you chose to install one.
    Putting one in a car would be a waste of money, except maybe for the "cool factor." But they are brilliant at doing the job they are intended to do, on the aircraft they are designed for.
    M lenses are kind of like that.
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    wda reacted to Chris W in 80's M Lenses vs Takumar   
    Sure, I basically agree.
    There are quite a few M mount lenses that aren't as good as Leica M in my opinion. I had an older Voigtlander that had visually obvious issues. I've watched video reviews of the newer Chinese lenses that sometimes have softness issues, or aberrations. I've had older lenses (adapted) that have weird swirly out of focus areas or purple fringing.
    So I just thought it was worth noting that these Takumars don't have any of those issues - some of the Takumar lenses can be bought for under $50. 
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    wda reacted to fotografr in The Third Coast   
    Standing on the Lake Michigan shoreline, it's hard to believe you're not looking at an ocean. Many people refer to it as the Third Coast of the USA.
    M10R/28 Summaron

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    wda reacted to 250swb in 80's M Lenses vs Takumar   
    Photographers during the Vietnam war often carried both a Leica and a Nikon for shooting different focal lengths, but can anybody now tell which was used by looking at anonymised photographs, no of course not. You can have your suspicions about which camera could have been used, but a large body of work where everybody was shooting similar subject matter demonstrates that it doesn't matter whether it was a Leica, Nikon, or Pentax. The same holds true today, nobody could pick out just the Leica photographs from an anonymised set based on 'the Leica look' because the Leica look is how the individual makes a Leica lens work for them, it's not a thing you buy. Hence the fact that shooting with a Noctilux or Summilux does not make a bad photograph any better.
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    wda reacted to mikozia in The Flower Thread   
    By the boardwalk

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    wda reacted to hartgraef in Open thread: Show us your portraits!   
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    wda reacted to didier in Kids playing in the Namibian desert   
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    M(240) + ‘lux 50 asph
     
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    wda reacted to Chris W in 80's M Lenses vs Takumar   
    The Takumar lenses are very well built.
    What's the point several of you seem to be asking. It's GOOD to know you can get very close performance to a $1000 M lens from an undervalued Takumar at $100.
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    wda reacted to HeinzX in The Flower Thread   
    Single orange rose after rain  - SL2 Sigma Macro 105 2 ply extender.
     
     

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    wda reacted to lemalk in Do Digilux 2 photos have distinctive look?   
    ...bump!
    This camera, and the M-E (M9) have inspired me to work on a photo project about using older digital cameras until the end of their useful lives, long after others have moved on to the latest and greatest. It's about the tools we choose to keep with us through the upgrade cycle, either because its all we need, or because there is nothing quite like it.
    Shooting everything in RAW and converting to B&W. It really feels like the most analog digital point and shoot i've ever used. It's frustrating limitations force me to work differently, and that's not always a bad thing.

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    wda reacted to likaleica47 in The Flower Thread   
    Lenten Roses, D-Lux 7.
     

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    wda reacted to Graham (G4FUJ) in Leica X Vario Photos   
    I should have bought one a few years ago when I had the opportunity.
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    wda got a reaction from Graham (G4FUJ) in Leica X Vario Photos   
    The X-Vario is such a valuable and enduring camera, which Leica should be proud to have introduced. But are unlikely to, for fear of diluting sales of newer kit.
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    wda reacted to Sensorix in for catlovers.........   
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    wda reacted to mumu in for catlovers.........   
    Leica SL2-S; APO-Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4/90-280

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    wda reacted to dkCambridgeshire in Leica X Vario Photos   
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! Swaddywell Nature Reserve near Peterborough UK (John Clare country) Common Spotted Orchids backlit by early evening Sun 16 June 2022. Leica X Vario, Manfrotto 190CX Pro4 compact tripod/Linhof ball head. 
    The XV was the world's first APS-C compact zoom camera. Unfortunately the X Vario was given a very negative reception when first released by those who did not understand its design philosophy ... many of whom never used the camera and criticised it 'out of hand'. Nowadays it's a 'cult camera' and sought after ... and commands a premium secondhand price. 
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    wda reacted to dkCambridgeshire in Leica X Vario Photos   
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    Swaddywell Nature Reserve (John Clare Country) near Peterborough UK 16 June 2022: Common Spotted Orchid, Grasses, Dog Rose ... backlit by late afternoon Sun ... background pylon/power lines a reminder of the current energy crisis. XV / Manfrotto 190CX Pro4 tripod / Linhof ball head.
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    wda reacted to bill_murray in Leica Q - the image thread   
    To the Ile de Re in France for a short break. I find the performance of my Q in the evening light very pleasing  -  these are at our hotel.

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    wda reacted to mikozia in Leica X Vario Photos   
    Fly me to the moon

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