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    Stuart Richardson reacted to nicci78 in Whyvis 18mm worse than 18 56?   
    TL lenses quality according to my vision of Leica standard :
    Exceptional  : none
    Excellent : APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm
    Very very good : Summilux-TL 35mm & APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55-135mm & Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11-23mm
    Very good : Vario-Elmar-TL 18-56mm 
    Good : Summicron-TL 23mm
    Fair : Elmarit-TL 18mm
     
    Your mileage may vary. But I owned each of them at one time of my CL life. 
    TL 18mm is certainly one of the worst modern Leica lens. But at pancake standard it is quite good. No matter what, such thin lens cannot beat bigger ones. Physic’s law etc…
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from OSEGAL in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson reacted to Daedalus2000 in OhOh, future of CL?   
    I have never tried the K3-III and with respect to the X100V, yes it is a great camera, but somehow I prefer the output I get from Leica cameras. I never really liked the output from the Fuji cameras that much, but I cannot really explain why. Maybe the sensor architecture, maybe the colors, not sure.
    For me, I agree the ideal would be an updated CL. I do not think it would happen though...
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    Stuart Richardson reacted to SrMi in OhOh, future of CL?   
    Apart from CL, my favorite APS-C cameras are Pentax K3-III (great camera, small primes), X100V (OVF), and GR III (small size).
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Chamois 06 in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from jkcampbell2 in OhOh, future of CL?   
    This is where we disagree. For example, cost aside, I cannot see any reason to choose a CL other than its compactness…the Q2, M series and SL series all have better image quality due to their larger sensors and better lenses (at least the best of them are better than CL lenses). So if the only real reason to use the camera is compactness and smaller weight, then it makes sense to evaluate other cameras that have that attribute. For me the GRIIIx makes the most sense, as it has dramatically better image quality than a phone, while being substantially more compact than any other APS-C camera. I am of course willing to concede that the CL is more flexible since it takes other lenses, but for me, I would just use the SL2 if I needed that flexibility or the Q2 if I wanted a easy to carry camera with an even higher level of quality. I fully recognize that others would come to a different conclusion, especially in a CL thread!
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from ropo54 in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson reacted to robgo2 in OhOh, future of CL?   
    It should go without saying that every camera and lens choice involves compromise of some sort. If pocketability is of the highest priority, then the GRIIIx is a reasonable option. However, if versatility is of an equal or slightly higher priority, then the CL is a better one. Horses for courses.
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Simone_DF in OhOh, future of CL?   
    This is where we disagree. For example, cost aside, I cannot see any reason to choose a CL other than its compactness…the Q2, M series and SL series all have better image quality due to their larger sensors and better lenses (at least the best of them are better than CL lenses). So if the only real reason to use the camera is compactness and smaller weight, then it makes sense to evaluate other cameras that have that attribute. For me the GRIIIx makes the most sense, as it has dramatically better image quality than a phone, while being substantially more compact than any other APS-C camera. I am of course willing to concede that the CL is more flexible since it takes other lenses, but for me, I would just use the SL2 if I needed that flexibility or the Q2 if I wanted a easy to carry camera with an even higher level of quality. I fully recognize that others would come to a different conclusion, especially in a CL thread!
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from huwm in OhOh, future of CL?   
    This is where we disagree. For example, cost aside, I cannot see any reason to choose a CL other than its compactness…the Q2, M series and SL series all have better image quality due to their larger sensors and better lenses (at least the best of them are better than CL lenses). So if the only real reason to use the camera is compactness and smaller weight, then it makes sense to evaluate other cameras that have that attribute. For me the GRIIIx makes the most sense, as it has dramatically better image quality than a phone, while being substantially more compact than any other APS-C camera. I am of course willing to concede that the CL is more flexible since it takes other lenses, but for me, I would just use the SL2 if I needed that flexibility or the Q2 if I wanted a easy to carry camera with an even higher level of quality. I fully recognize that others would come to a different conclusion, especially in a CL thread!
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from didier in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from IkarusJohn in OhOh, future of CL?   
    This is where we disagree. For example, cost aside, I cannot see any reason to choose a CL other than its compactness…the Q2, M series and SL series all have better image quality due to their larger sensors and better lenses (at least the best of them are better than CL lenses). So if the only real reason to use the camera is compactness and smaller weight, then it makes sense to evaluate other cameras that have that attribute. For me the GRIIIx makes the most sense, as it has dramatically better image quality than a phone, while being substantially more compact than any other APS-C camera. I am of course willing to concede that the CL is more flexible since it takes other lenses, but for me, I would just use the SL2 if I needed that flexibility or the Q2 if I wanted a easy to carry camera with an even higher level of quality. I fully recognize that others would come to a different conclusion, especially in a CL thread!
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    Stuart Richardson reacted to Stef63 in Fogg Last Waltz: The Leica M of camera bags   
    I have an e-flat which is close the the Last Walz, in the same color combo.  It is one of the many Fogg and non Fogg bags I own. To much bags I must admit.
     
    It’s currently mostly used as a flight bag and holds a headset, handheld radio, iPad mini with knee straps, vfr charts, pilot log book and other gear needed in the cockpit of a small airplane.  I love the vintage look of it and stands out well against the generic flight bags or rucksack other pilots tend to use.  
     
    If only they would make a cap that matches the bag I would buy it in a heartbeat.
     
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    Stuart Richardson reacted to Jeff S in Fogg Last Waltz: The Leica M of camera bags   
    Now that you’re a Fogg member, you should take care not to capitalize bee berman!
    Jeff
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    Stuart Richardson reacted to Herr Barnack in Fogg Last Waltz: The Leica M of camera bags   
    A few more photos:

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    Stuart Richardson reacted to Herr Barnack in Fogg Last Waltz: The Leica M of camera bags   
    I'm not sure if this is  good place to post this but since this category is for all things related to the M10 and M10R, i thought maybe this would be a good place for it (attn: mods, you may feel free to relocate this thread if you feel there is a better home for it).
    When the Last Waltz was first released (I think it was in 2016) by Bee & Nigel at Fogg Specialist Camera Bags, I was taken by the sheer beauty of this camera bag.  For me, the Last Waltz was one of those things that puts down deep roots in a corner of your mind and refuses to go away.  I debated with myself off and on over the years about this bag - It is hands down the finest, most beautiful camera bag I had ever seen. 
    The only thing that kept me at bay was the price of $850 USD, which seemed hideously high at first.  After doing some research, I discovered that for residents of the U.S., there was a tariff built in to the price of all Fogg bags; for the Last Waltz, it was around $250 USD, give or take. The real price of the Last Waltz then is actually around $600 USD, which seemed more reasonable in my mind considering the materials, the craftsmanship that goes into making Fogg camera bags and the level of quality of the bag. 
    For whatever reason, "Uncle Sam" has decided to add a very stiff tariff to Fogg bags, which are made in France; it is not fair to lay the blame for that at Bee & Nigel's doorstep, or at the doorstep of the few U.S. based photo retailers who stock Fogg Specialist Bags.
    After more deliberating and a couple of conversations by PM with @derleicaman who is a dyed in the wool advocate of Fogg camera bags, on October 27 I at long last placed my order for a Last Waltz with Tom Gramegna at Bergen County Camera in Westwood, NJ.  Tom is a great man to work with on a purchase such as this and he is a true gentleman; I would highly recommend him as "The Guy" for Fogg bag purchases.
    My last Waltz arrived on November 30, just a little over four weeks from the day I placed my order - not a long wait at all, given the fact that Bee & Nigel make each Fogg bag by hand; there is no staff of dozens of anonymous bag makers churning out 50 of these bags a day.  My Last Waltz contains a sewn in leather tag, identifying it as Last Waltz #91.  I thought about that for a moment and realized it is nice to have something as rare and unique as the Last Waltz.  There are billions of camera bags in the world but (for now) there are just 91 Fogg Last Waltz bags; given that the Last Waltz came into the world of photography in 2016, 91 bags makes it a rare breed - even more rare than the Leica M cameras and lenses that will be carried in it over the coming years.
    I am posting some images of my Last Waltz to show the beauty and craftsmanship of this unique creation, and to honor my commitment to Bee to post a few images of my Last Waltz on this forum.  It is small in size - 11.25 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches in outer dimensions (30 x 22 x 14 cm.) and light in weight at 32 oz. or 900 g.  This convenient size makes for a bag that is easily carried without being a burden.  Inside, the Last Waltz can carry one M camera with a lens attached and an extra battery for a day of light and fast shooting, or it can accommodate two M cameras with lenses attached, two additional M lenses and two batteries (see the images below).  This is a surprising amount of equipment for a bag of this small size to have room for, which is a result of the Last Waltz's design and layout.  Bee and Nigel both deserve much credit for a well thought out and executed design.
    With regard to the materials, craftsmanship and build quality of the Last Waltz, the images on the Fogg website do not mislead; when held in the hand, the Last Waltz is every bit the equal of the images presented on Bee & Nigel's website.  In fact, I would have to say the Last Waltz is even more beautiful in person than the photographs can convey.
    After years of deliberating on the Last Waltz, I am very happy to have finally taken the plunge.  I am more than pleased with this addition to my M camera kit.  I am now required by Mrs. Barnack to put my Last Waltz back in its box and wait till December 25th to finally have it, as it is my Christmas gift from her!  The next three weeks is going to seem like three years but the Last Waltz is definitely worth the wait.
     

     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from colint544 in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I cannot really see any difference between it and the GRIII, but for the focal length...if anything, the lens is a little better. Otherwise it is identical...it is even hard to tell them apart when they are next to each other.
     
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from 3oob in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson reacted to colint544 in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    These are really lovely. And I take my hat off to Ricoh for bringing out the GR3x. I've had the GR3 for the past two years, and I use it a lot more than I ever thought I would. It's so fast. If I ever have some spare cash in the future, I'll definitely consider the GR3x
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Sailronin in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from pippy in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Cobram in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Minolta TC-1 in OhOh, future of CL?   
    Another option is the Leica CL, haha. Sorry if we got so far off topic! But I do think all of these "small camera questions" are in a way related. The CL is a great camera, but if they were to update it, I also think that updating the lenses to support it would also be required. I suspect that this is also part of the issue...updating the CL also means updating several of the lenses to the standard of the other Leica primes. I know people are fond of them, but I for one never really liked the 23mm Summicron. Though it has nice bokeh and colors, the detail level was never great in my experience. The 24mm Sigma I now use on L mount is only slightly larger and significantly sharper over the APS frame. It seems the 18mm also has a less than stunning reputation. So in order to really show off the CL, you need better lenses, which in the current moment also means bigger lenses, which defeats the point of the system. So that is one area where I would have liked Leica to do better. They are certainly capable of it, given their M lenses.
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from Michael Markey in OhOh, future of CL?   
    Perhaps it is just my copy? But it seems clear in the MTF, as was shown above as well (somewhere back in the thread someone posted the MTF of the 23mm Summicron vs the 35mm APO SL.)
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    Stuart Richardson got a reaction from colint544 in I finally 'get' the enthusiasm for the 40mm focal length   
    I used to use the 40mm Summicron on the M, but given the frameline issue, I tended to stick to 35mm. I also had a 35mm 1.4 ASPH at the time, and it was just a better, faster lens. But the angle of view of the 40mm is lovely, as was the size.
    I am also spoiled by having had a Mamiya 7II and 80mm since 2002, and in that time I have taken many of my favorite photos with that combination. It is a true goldilocks combination, especially on 6x7, where the shallower depth of field allows for a bit more separation from the background as needed, but not so much as to make full DOF photos difficult. The Plaubel has that extra stop, which is oh so lovely. I am attaching a photo I made of my friend about ten years ago with a Plaubel and its 80mm Nikkor.
    Meanwhile, I just recently got the GRIIIx for exactly this reason. I love the focal length and it makes the ideal compact snapshot camera. The quick photos from it are really appealing. I only got it recently, and it is pitch black right now, so I do not have too many good photos yet, but I will share one or two. The BW is the Plaubel (clearly), and the two color are from the GRIIIx. One from yesterday on the way to work, and the other from a few weeks back, when the sun still cleared the mountains.
     

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