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  1. ramarren

    Impulse buy... Leica R6.2

    More impulse purchases: bought the grip, the motor drive, and the electronic remote control. The prices on these bits were so low it was impossible to resist getting the complete system together.
  2. I wonder how Contax SLR owners feel?
  3. ramarren

    Leica CL - the image thread

    I take it that you are not a fan of Polaroid photographs. That wasn't the point. The point of showing it here here is how well the Elmarit-R 28 fitted with ELPRO VIIb, mounted on the CL, did with the copy capture.
  4. Ducati did it with their bevel-drive twin engines ...
  5. ramarren

    Leica CL - the image thread

    Can't find what used to be a CL macro thread on this new forum software, so... While I was away on my trip, the two Leica ELPRO close-up lenses (VIIa + VIIb) I had ordered from folks on Ebay arrived. I had to source adapter rings to make 48mm to VII and 55mm to VII mounts for my R lenses. Everything finally arrived so I put them to the test copying a pair of Polaroid snaps I made on my bicycle ride in the fog this morning: both: MiNT Polaroid SLR670a + Polaroid Originals 600 B&W scanned with Leica CL + Elmarit-R 28mm + ELPRO VII b Nice clean rendering across the entire frame with very little if any rectilinear distortion. Pretty neat since the pair of ELPROs and the attachment rings, etc, altogether cost me something like $70, complete. Enjoy! Admins: If you feel this post should be elsewhere, just let me know or move it.
  6. ramarren

    Impulse buy... Leica R6.2

    Made a couple of exposures today: A lovely camera. Comparing it to the Leicaflex SL is kinda like comparing an original Nikon F to the Nikon FM2n, where the F (like the 'Flex SL) is larger, heavier, and more solid feeling, but the FM2n (like the R6.2) has the advantage of a couple of decades small developments in meter and small features, and is lighter and smaller overall as a package. The FM2n was the camera I used most of the time for almost twenty years, but I always loved the Nikon F and F3 as well. The Leicaflex SL has that superbly solid, meaty feel of "old Leica stuff" where the R6.2 is smaller, lighter, and probably just a better camera overall. I just read through the entire instruction manual (took twenty minutes...) and now understand all the small details of the R6.2. It has a few very nice, very useful subtleties. Today a made three or four exposures with the 'Lux-R 50, tomorrow or this evening I'll fit the Super--Elmar-R 15mm for a giggle.
  7. ramarren

    M10 M-D

    Yup. Always in the way when open. That's why I never liked that type of lever. I always had them flat against the body when shooting because I don't put my thumb there.
  8. ramarren

    M10 M-D

    The notion of the LCD-less M-D was not to save power: The notion was to minimize the distraction of menus, settings, chimping, etc. To reduce the digital camera to the same basics that made a film M great: concentrate on focus and exposure, concentrate on the subject only. All the configuration controls, menus, and their attendant buttons can be done away with when you don't have an LCD and don't have the distractions of camera configuration needs or image review in your face. That's the purpose, not the silliness of saving a couple of milliamperes power. My M-D typ 262 runs just a hair longer per charge than my M-P typ 262 did ... mostly because I spend so much less time diddling with camera configuration settings rather than shooting. Of course, the ability to review a photo immediately is a great advantage of digital cameras with LCDs, and the multiplicity of configuration options is another. But there are plenty of cameras around that give you these things, and only two that don't: the M Edition 60 and the M-D typ 262. I await seeing what Leica actually announces, if anything, and how they explain all the added frippery they've added to the "barest digital camera" concept. And I remain happy that I have my M-D typ 262. G
  9. ramarren

    Impulse buy... Leica R6.2

    The R6.2 arrived today. It's functionally in top shape and looks great too. Must load some film and go testing...
  10. ramarren

    FOTOS App

    Indicative of nothing in particular, I decided to compare transfer speed between my CL using Leica FOTOS and the iPad Pro 12.1" vs the Leica CL card in my Mac mini (running macOS Mojave v10.14) SD card slot to the internal SSD drive. I chose the ten most recent files, DNG-only capture, from the CL in both cases. The card is a Lexar Pro 1000x 128G capacity with about 1800 exposures on it. I used the CL's native hotspot since I cannot make it connect via any WLAN at present. CL via Leica FOTOS to iPad Pro: 6:06.51 CL card via built-in reader and Finder to Mac mini: 0:07.51 The total data is 453 Mbytes. So that means the CL hotspot using FOTOS and the iPad is transferring files at about 1.24 Mbytes per second. The card reader is operating at 60.16 Mbytes per second, 48x faster. It's fun do to these measurements. They mean little, other than the obvious: It's much more sensible to move lots of big files around with faster connections. — Addendum: I also measured the speed of moving the same ten files to the iPad Pro 12.1" with the Lightning to SD Card Adapter. CL card via Lightning to SD Card Adapter ito iPad Pro: 00:27.73 This transfer achieves 16.3 Mbytes per second, about 13x faster than FOTOS over WiFi.
  11. ramarren

    M10 M-D

    Winding the shutter takes very little power. Operating the imager sensor and its supporting electronics takes vastly more power than that, probably on the order of two orders of magnitude more power. And the noise of the motorized shutter wind is almost indiscernibly different from that of a manually wound shutter, if you listen to the sounds of the Ms in the link I posted. It is a stupid fetish thing to add to a modern camera, which must have a large power supply attached anyway to function.
  12. With the M9, I always had three batteries with me because I needed to change batteries frequently, almost always at least once per day's session. With the M-D, I only have two batteries and nine times out of a dozen don't even consume one full charge in a week of sessions. I shoot about the same way with both cameras. Sadly, the CL has a smallish capacity battery too. Luckily, unlike the M batteries, they're a fairly common type and aftermarket ones are easily available and not expensive. I carry four...
  13. ramarren

    FOTOS App

    Tap Select, tap each of the files you want to download, then tap the download button.
  14. Having had and used 3 digital Ms extensively (M9, M-P240, and M-D262), aside from the M9’s odd JPEG color palette, almost useless LCD, sensor corrosion issues, poor battery life, and poor responsiveness, the raw files render out to be identical other than the M9’s lower resolution and very poor high ISO performance. The M-D has become my favorite because it is the simplest—having no options at all—and lacks nothing while having excellent responsiveness and the best viewfinder of these. In essence, the M-D is everything I wanted in an M and nothing I didn’t.
  15. Of course. I’m an American.
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