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  1. Many thanks. I had 14031 in my notes, which seems identical to the 14321 you mentioned but lined with real felt. It has a slightly different design on the front than the original A42, which makes me think it's an updated version. See an example here: https://www.keh.com/shop/leica-m-leica-39mm-chrome-14031-front-lens-cap-chrome-plated-brass-229854.html
  2. I'm wondering if anyone knows which front and rear caps the 90mm Elmar Triplet ("lightweight") M mount lens originally shipped with. I purchased mine used from a Leica dealer and it only came with a rear Leitz branded cap, so I'm especially interested to know if the front cap is a push-on Leica branded 39mm cap, or if it's a different Leitz design. The few copies currently on the market seem to be sold with the Leica 39mm push on. Unfortunately, Leica Wiki didn't have any information. For reference, my lens is the ELANG-M 11 830 model.
  3. Thanks for testing it, and the photo - much appreciated. Looks like you have a nice copy of the Triplet there. Mine impresses me every time, so I want to give it a good lens hood.
  4. Thanks for your reply. I have the 39mm version, manufactured in 1964 and referred to as the third version in Leica Wiki. This lens tends not to flare, and I rarely use it in instances where flare would be an issue, so I’m seriously considering the 12549. The ITOOY is interesting though, looks like it has more depth. Do you know that this hood will clip on to this lens?
  5. I'm the happy owner of a 90mm Elmar f/4 and I'd love to hear what folks are using for a hood with this lens. The IUFOO (#12575) is the hood deployed with the lens in the early 1960's, but I'm open to other suggestions. Screw-in (39mm) or clip-on are both fine with me, I'd just like to hear if there's anything in particular that works well for you. Thanks.
  6. Cheers to that. Art should be about exploration. Thanks.
  7. Thanks, that's actually quite insightful. I've heard several folks suggest the Elmarit ASPH has too much contrast compared to Version 4, at least according to their tastes. I even talked to a gentleman selling the ASPH on Craigslist who said he had decided to keep the Version 4 for this reason. That got me thinking that the increased contrast must be quite substantial. However, I rarely shoot in bright sunlight and much prefer overcast conditions so perhaps the ASPH would be fine even if that contrast is present. For its size, weight, and slight corner IQ improvement, I would certainly prefer
  8. Thank you all - I really appreciate hearing your experiences. I suspected the Version 3 or 4 of the 28mm Elmarit would be the closest to this 50mm Summicron, based on dates. Version 3 was developed at the same time as my Summicron (beginning 1979), but my particular version was made in Germany, which supposedly gives it a later manufacture date of the early 1990's. I'm not sure how much Leica adjusted coatings or other optical characteristics during a version's lifetime, if at all, but I suspect there was little or no sample variation in terms of rendering. As such, I'm tempted to try the Vers
  9. I've been shooting a lot on the M8 and M9 with a 50mm Summicron Version IV. I have the need for some consistency across my images, so I'm searching for a 28mm lens that renders a black and white image most similar to this 50mm. Most of my work is landscape. I'm considering all versions of the Elmarit, but I'm open to trying the Zeiss Biogon as well. I've done a lot of research and I have good awareness of most of the other characteristics (size, weight, cost, etc.), so I'm most interested in hearing insights specifically into black and white rendering.
  10. Thanks for your reply. I apologize for not being more specific in my original post. I've been a freelance photojournalist and part-time photography instructor for about 15 years, so I'm comfortable with my shooting position. For me, it's about carrying the camera in a ready position, not inside a bag or attached to a strap. My particular type of work (and shooting style) benefits from being able to handhold the camera as much as possible. With my M8, I've found the Thumbs Up grip to be invaluable. Supposedly the Match Technical grip for the X2 might fit the XV so maybe I'll give that a try.
  11. Does anyone have any Thumbs Up type of solutions that work well on the X Vario? That beautiful, heavy lens out front is leaving me with the desire for a bit more grip for my thumb. I already own the hand grip and I have a finger loop on the way, but nothing beats a thumbs up, at least in my experience. Open to any and all suggestions though - thanks.
  12. A helpful member in another forum posted the following: ‘"Basically" imaging sensors are analog devices that apply thresholds to the signal: in the case of the Leica T, 4096 thresholds, in the case of my M8, M9, M Monochrom- 16384 thresholds. Cameras and memory cards are analog devices, computers are analog devices- the difference being that they threshold to 2 levels. The latter creates electrical noise that creeps into the analog to digital convertor of the sensor. Two ways of "creep"- direct digital noise and instantaneous load on the power supply and DC-DC convertors. A fast memory car
  13. Thanks, that’s good to know. It’s a little disappointing that even the CL has the issue, but I suppose that’s the price to be paid for these large file sizes. I’ve heard that faster cards can contribute to image quality issues (increased noise in shadows, etc.), but I mostly shoot at base ISO so I might just give one a try.
  14. Thanks, I was thinking about trying one of those. Any particular brand / model you recommend? Yes, it has version 1.61 installed.
  15. I have a couple questions for those who have owned or had experience with the T and TL bodies. I realize this has been discussed in other threads, but I’m hoping for a little more insight. Even when auto review is turned off on my T body, the captured image lingers on the screen for a second (the equivalent of "blackout" on other cameras), prohibiting me from immediately composing my next shot. I admit that's not a lot of time, but it can have an impact on my shooting workflow. So my questions are 1) do the TL and TL2 also have this issue, and 2) does using a faster memory card decrease the ti
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