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AlanYWM

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  1. The problem is two fold. Firstly, you have Leica lenses selling at a premium compared to similar Japanese or China made lenses. Secondly, you have Leica fans making exaggerated claims about Leica performances. We need to find a middle ground.
  2. I have tried manual focusing on both the Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f4 and 50mm f1.4 and they both focus without much difficulty with the S1R. With the SL 24-90mm and SL 50mm f1.4 Summilux attached to S1R, due to focus by wire, manual focusing is not as easy as with the Lumix lenses. I found the EVF not reactive enough as I manually turn the focusing ring of the SL lenses.
  3. Recently, I had the opportunity to compare the Lumix 50mm f1.4 and the SL 50mm f1.4 Summilux over 2 days. Both lenses were attached to the Lumix S1R and where necessary, a tripod was used to minimise user error. I also chose electronic shutter over mechanical shutter to minimise any vibrations. Out of the various subjects taken with both lenses, I did find the Lumix lens to be more prone to โ€œvibrationโ€ blur. This effect is, however, not evident in every photo and is something that I would not consider as detrimental to the final image. I reckon most folks will not even notice this or complain about it. Other than this phenomenon, I would rate the Lumix lens about equal to the Leica lens both in terms of sharpness and colour rendition. In other words, they are both excellent performers. What may interest some folks here is that during the tests, I found the AF with the Lumix lens was noticeably faster than the Leica lens. Another point to take note of is manual focusing was easier on the Lumix 50mm f1.4 than on the Leica lens. The Push/Pull mechanism to switch between AF & MF on the Lumix lens made manual focusing easier and more precise. With the Leica SL 50mm, due to focus by wire, the EVF was not reactive enough for quick and precise focusing. There is no AF On/Off switch on the Leica lens. Hopefully, the slower AF will be addressed in the SL2. We just have to wait and hope for the best. I would rate both lenses as very well built but I would give Leica a slight edge here. To be honest, I believe both lenses will probably suffer serious damages if drop from a height of 1m. Obviously, of the two lenses, the Lumix lens is cheaper by a good margin. Whether you want to admit or not, price does play a part in the buying decision for many people. Please note that these are only two individual lenses tested and the test results may vary slightly with different lenses.
  4. Thanks for your inputs, helged and caissa. Much appreciated. It would be good if I can delete my own post.
  5. Still no luck despite refreshing the page. I give up. Is there a way to delete unsuccessful post?
  6. This is only applicable for new lenses. Firmware upgrades may still be forthcoming for existing lenses to improve AF and other functionalities like lens IS. At least that is what I am hoping ๐Ÿ˜€
  7. Some bad news. I tested the MC-21 with the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro and it did not work at all. The aperture seems to be stuck at f99 ๐Ÿ˜ž With the Canon 100mm Macro L IS, it seemed to work - AF and aperture control - but it underexposes by at least 1 stop when using flash in manual mode. Switching over to the Novoflex adapter, both lenses worked fine, even with flash. I think the firmware needs updating on the Sigma MC-21.
  8. I can now confirm that there is no drop in frame rate with the MC-21. I wished the lens IS could be activated just like the MC-11 โ˜น๏ธ
  9. That is strange because mine does not detect any M lens I mount on my S1R. Oh well, I guess I have to live with this handicap โ˜น๏ธ
  10. Arggghhhh! Can't post because used up all my attachment allowance per post
  11. Same here. I will not buy the SL2 if it does not have IBIS. The IBIS of the S1/R is truly fantastic and is really helpful in getting sharp images in very low light situations. It is even better than the Sony a9 and a7RIII.
  12. I have yet to compare them side by side but I am not too worried of the Zeiss lens because by f2.8, vignetting is almost negligible. Both are very good performers. The Zeiss lens offers so much more for the money.
  13. Agree with Jeff above. The only reason for me to buy the Leica adapter is because I trust that Leica's adapter is made to exacting standards so that their M lenses will be perfectly aligned with the sensor. Well, at least that is what I am hoping for ๐Ÿ˜†
  14. Thanks for the honest feedback on this Panasonic zoom lens vs the Leica. Much appreciated.
  15. Afraid I did not test the frame rate. I would assume it should not be affected. I was more interested in the speed of the AF since the Novoflex adapter on the S1/R could not even perform AF with EF lenses.
  16. Had the chance to test out the new Sigma MC-21 adapter with the Canon 400mm f4 DO II. This adapter is meant for EF lenses to be used on L mount cameras. As far as AF is concerned, it works but without tracking. This means AF-C does not work. The lens will focus but AF will not track as you move the camera/lens. The S1/R will even prompt you to switch to AF-S. I felt the focusing is slower (when set to S mode) than the Sony A7r3 using the same lens with MC-11. In addition, I believe the lens IS is not activated with the MC-21 adapter. This is unlike the MC-11, which works quite well with IS on the lens. The above observation is limited to the Canon 400mm f4 DO II lens. I am not sure if AF will perform better with other EF lenses. I suspect firmware upgrades in the future will improve overall AF performance.
  17. My apologies. It should be SL with R 100mm f2.8 APO. Should in the SL thread. I am getting confused ๐Ÿ˜ช
  18. You Can't Beat The Handphone ๐Ÿ˜„ S1R with R 100mm f2.8
  19. First, you start by questioning if I have used the SL 24-90mm. Why the need to do that? Because you think I am wrong in my general assessment of zoom lenses, right? Otherwise why the question? Then you say you "rarely look at or need sharp corners. That said, the 24-90 doesn't perform badly in the corners..." ๐Ÿ™„ Next time, read carefully what I have written before commenting. Like I said, power to you ๐Ÿ˜„
  20. S1R with 75mm@f2 with M Macro adapter Happy weekend, everyone.
  21. Of course. If you are convinced that the 24-90mm is equal in IQ to a good prime, power to you. But I am of another opinion ๐Ÿ˜Š
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