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david.kize

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  • Birthday 01/09/1940

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    david.kize

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    Male
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    Texas--Houston and Austin
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    Photography, Travel, Boating, Reading, History, Computers and Internet, Casual Restaurants, Asian Pop Music, Language Study (at which I am bad), following the news--especially politics and science. I still work full time as a lawyer and law professor, with no intent or desire to retire for a long time. I started out developing film in a commercial photo lab and working to set up professional photos of office interiors (preventing reflections, arranging furnishings etc.), but I have been an amateur ever since.
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    Houston and Austin, Texas, USA
  • Job
    Attorney; Law Professor
  • Your Leica Products / Deine Leica Produkte
    M10 body (silver)
    Summicron M 35mm f/2.0 (black) MFR # 11878
    Summilux M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH (black) MFR # 11891
    APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH (black) MFR # 11637
    APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 )black) MFR # 11889

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  1. Thanks for your suggestion. I will look at it. I would never have thought of another lens denominated as 50mm, because I already have a 50mm Nikorr and a 50mm Summilux. On my Leica, I use the 50mm lens quite a lot. My only Zeiss lens is a 21mm F2 that I use on my Nikon D800. I like that lens quite a bit, even though I had to return my first one for vignetting; the dealer immediately sent me a new one. However, since buying my M10 several years ago, I rarely use Nikon bodies or lens with Nikon mounts, except the longer lenses or Zoom lenses for wildlife.
  2. It must have gotten dirty during shipment. It was fine when it left our shop. But don’t worry. We’ll take care of it. Put it through a car wash (leave it taped on top of your car), and the dirt will come right off.
  3. If you are considering two camera bodies, for 28 and 50, and already have an M body holding the 50, rather than buy a Q2 right away, you might already have a DSLR with a 28mm lens (although it will be heavier than the Q2). It would be interesting to travel or try some other photographic opportunity to see how often you really use 28 rather than 50. I have bought a lot of equipment only to find that I rarely use it.
  4. Maybe I will buy a 40mm Voightlander for my M10. My most frequently used lenses on the M10 are the 35 Cron and the 50 Lux. But for routine, amateur photography I like focal lengths in the 40-46mm range. This is because as a teenager in the 1950's, I owned a Kodak Signet 40 rangefinder camera and used it exclusively for about 20 years. It had a built-in 46mm lens. I learned to "see" images in that focal length. I own a Voigtlander 40mm lens mounted on my Nikon D800 camera body. It produces excellent images with renditions that are satisfying to me. David
  5. I agree with grahamc's comments above. My own view of "mint" may be different from the seller's view, even assuming complete honesty. I view "mint" as being the same as the lens was when new, and probably with the original packaging. Any scratches or other defects, and it's not mint. "Mint+++" is just advertising puffery and should be a warning. Personally, I have had bad luck with eBay and won't use it again; others seem to have had better results. I derive comfort in buying from recognized Leica dealers such as Leica Miami (to name but one). I have bought several that way, and each was received in mint condition even though not advertised as such.
  6. In July 2018 I bought from Leica Miami a used APO Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 for $1,795. I determined from the serial number that it was one of the earlier ones, but it was in mint condition and has perfomed flawlessly except for my own shortcomings. Even today, I cannot tell its condition apart from Leica lenses that I have purchased new. Even so, I don't use the 135mm very often and prefer (because I am lazy) to use it handheld and with the M10's normal rangefinder. I don't look at the LCD screen or use a magnifier. I think that if I did find more uses for the 135mm, I would need to use some of these other things in order to have more shots in better focus. I just find that if I am after wildlife, it's too easy to use my Nikon D500 or D800 with a telephoto lens, instead. David
  7. For travel where weight and size are considerations: M10 with 50mm 1.4 lens; iPhone 12 Pro Max; Nikon D500 with 18-300mm zoom (only if wildlife or other moving or distant subjects will be involved). Sony RX-100 if there will be many night photos. Likely to leave at home: other Leica lenses that I own (35mm, 75mm, 135mm); Nikon D800 and many fixed focal length and zoom Nikkor lenses. My favorite Leica lenses: 35mm 2.0 and 50mm 1.4 (a tie). I like having just one Leica lens available--I concentrate more on the shot and gain a better feel for control of the lens and camera than when I am switching lenses frequently. In general, I work with what I have. On a 2018 New Zealand trip, my Nikon D800 had an electrical problem, and my only working "camera" was my iPhone X. I have to say that my photos were as good as my other trips with better equipment.x
  8. I have used my Leica half case for about six months during the past 2-1/2 years in humid areas, with no problem. I have used the camera for about two years with no case, with no problem. My camera still looks new. I recently reverted to the half case, but I don't know for how long. I never thought about the mold problem until reading this thread. Makes sense. i will be more careful.
  9. After 15 months with my M-10, I am still unsure whether my photos with it are any better, or often as good as, either of my Nikon DSLR cameras. Some of my Leica shots are so good that I don’t know if the DSLR’s would have matched the Leica image quality or not—I haven’t done any controlled testing of the same shots with different cameras or lenses. For some of my photography—birds and wildlife—only the DSLR with a zoom or long prime lens can produce the results that I want. Yet, I far prefer my M-10 whenever it’s use makes good sense to me. Here are my personal reasons, not in any order of importance: 1. The M-10 is a throwback to the simplicity of cameras in the era in which I learned photography. I like paying attention only to composition and artistic efforts, while dealing only with aperture, speed, ISO and manual focus. (I know that I can set all these manually on a DSLR, but rarely do I fiddle with all the controls to achieve that result.) 2. I like the rangefinder and the control that I have over focus. 3. I like the reduced size, weight and feel of the M-10 compared to my big Nikons. 4. I like the quality of Leica prime lenses (at least I hope they are better, given their price). 5. Unless I use my Nikons regularly, I am frustrated by having to ensure that all the switches, buttons and options are set properly. For example, I failed in some shots with a DSLR yesterday until I discovered that two switches on the zoom lens (manual vs autofocus, and vibration reduction) were not set to what I wanted. Even shooting whales at a distance with an M-10 and a 35mm lens (since my longer Leica lenses were not with me at the moment) would have produced good shots compared to blurry DSLR shots with some of the many electronic options improperly set.
  10. I have kept and used all my straps. But for quite some time I have been using the black Rock & Roll strap without any half shell.
  11. I use my 75 Summicron a lot, and I have not had any focus difficulties or other problems with it. I often use it interchangeably with my 50 Summilux. I get good results with both. Probably in order of frequency of use, I probably use my lenses in this order: Summicron 35, Summilux 50, Summicron 75 and--a very distant fourth, an APO Telyt-M 135.
  12. In my first four or five months with the Leica M10, I have used my Leica-branded half case (together with its matching Leica vintage brown strap) most of the time when just walking about in my home-city locations, and also on one driving trip, taking essentially just snapshots. However, on a trip to the South Pacific--when I spent a lot of time hiking and in various outdoor settings--I reverted to not using any case. I also switched to a wide, padded, Eddycam leather shoulder strap that afforded more comfort and stability (less likely to fall off my shoulder, since I do not find using a strap bandolier style to be comfortable). (I have an M-10 Rock 'n Roll strap but have not yet used it other than to try it on inside my house. So far, it seems too big and bulky compared to what I had expected.) So, in terms of total number of shots, I have probably used my half-case about half the time, and I have still not decided whether I will end up mostly using a case or mostly not. Likewise, I haven't decided on the type of strap that is most comfortable for me. The Leica thin leather strap looks the best to me, but I will opt for comfort over appearance. That said, I am still happy at having been told that I had a nice-looking camera by two very unlikely people to have made that observation. And both of those times, I was using the Leica half-case and strap. I haven't yet used the half case with the LCD cover removed. I should try this, because one of the things I like about using no case at all is the easier and quicker access to the LCD screen. I used just the rangefinder 99-100% of the time, and I don't remember why I wanted to see the LCD screen during shooting. Maybe it was to check battery charge or to determine if the camera was in standby or sleep mode. I did have one experience where I took about ten photos in a row that all came out plain white. Maybe the camera had not come out of standby. Since it didn't happen to me again, I haven't tried to troubleshoot this.
  13. I use the rangefinder on my M10 almost exclusively. A large part of this is that I learned photography in the 50's through 70's with a rangefinder, and it is very intuitive to me. I have no problem focusing my 35, 50, 75 and even 135 with the rangefinder. Conversely, I haven't used the LV enough to be sure that I know what I am doing as to focusing, time delays if any, etc. As I get more used to LV, I probably will use it more. I bought my M10 at the end of April, and probably have taken about 4,000 shots with it so far. I yearn for my DSLR only when I need a telephoto beyond 135. Here's an example: in a recent trip to French Polynesia, I was in a small group in the jungle when someone saw a spider in a huge web spanning between trees. Everyone else was having focusing problems with their cell phones, pocket cameras, bridge cameras and DSLR's. I had no problem focusing with my RF exactly on the spider and exactly on the web itself, even at wide open aperture. I suppose someone who knew what they were doing could have done a good job with the LV, but I am nowhere near familiar enough with it to use it as a tool, especially when I don't have time to experiment.
  14. Good idea for the unlimited budget; just add water. I might take a camera in an underwater housing while I snorkel, but it will not be my Leica. Maybe my Sony RX100 or RX100v in an underwater housing designed specifically for that camera. However, I am happy to spend my time watching out for sharks and barracuda, while letting others be the photographers.
  15. Great picture and brings back memories of my zodiac times in the Antarctic in 2013-14. I didn't have a Leica then, and I think that I probably had at various times a Sony RX100 or a Nikon D800 in a sealed bag when not in use. In Australia, my Nikon took lots of splashing without damage. But I do not plan on taking my Leica in a zodiac this summer in the South Pacific except when it is in a sealed bag in transit between ship and shore.
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