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  1. I returned mine for credit because the sharpness was very disappointing. My Super Elmar 18mm is way sharper than the Tri Elmar at any of the three available focal lengths. Mechanically, the lens is excellent with typical Leica build quality, however, after shooting Leica primes, the Tri Elmar was not cutting it. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  2. My vote is for the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020. To carry more stuff, but not often, my next favorite is my Billingham Hadley One. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  3. An updated version of the Tri Elmar 16-18-21 would be my ask. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  4. I've owned the M10, M10-R and now M11. I still have the M10-R. Each version has been an upgrade, but I believe that the M11 is the best of the bunch. The image detail using my APO Summicron 35mm (my "daily driver") or my APO Summicron 50mm is insane! The flexibility of M11 is fantastic. The ability to "zoom" by cropping with the M11 is a welcomed benefit. I use CaptureOne Pro for all of my image processing needs works very well with Leica M images. If you have an M10-R, I think that the M11 is a very worthwhile upgrade. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  5. My vote for a newer updated version of the Tri Elmar 16-18-21 WATE. I own this lens and it's been disappointing compared to my various Leica primes used in my M10-R and M11 bodies. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  6. I was traveling in the UK and Holland for 9 days for vacation with my Leica M11 and APO Summicron 35mm lens mounted. Two persons, separately, commented on my camera. Both were asking if it was an old film camera. I don't think the Leica dot made any difference, but the camera shape is very distinctive in today's multi-buttoned variable zoom cameras that most people travel with these days. BTW, I'm 6'5", 240 lbs. and a fifth degree Master black belt, so I'm not too concerned about someone picking me out of the crowd as an easy target. However, you always have to be on guard and situationally aware on the street. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  7. This shot is inspiring me to shoot with more with this lens. I have not shot my Nocticlux 50mm /0.95 on my M11 yet. I've been only shooting it with my SL2 because of the focusing ease. I'm going to try on my M11 with the Visoflex this weekend. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  8. I own both the M10-R and M11. Now that I have shot for 6 weeks with the M11, including a 9 day vacation in the UK and Holland, I really appreciate the features of the M11. The M11 battery lasts all day long and the ability to charge it via USB-C is fantastic. I get to leave my battery charger at home - one less thing to pack. The increased resolution of the M11 is crazy, especially when shooting with my APO Summicron 35mm, my favorite travel lens. All good. I think that I will be selling my M10-R soon. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  9. If you want an APS-C camera, I suggest that you look at the Fuji X series. The Fuji XT4 is excellent and the Fuji primes are great. Way more affordable than Leica. I owned previous versions of the Fuji XT and several Fuji primes and zooms. I never had any problems with the gear and I have many excellent images in my portfolio from the five years that I shot with this system. In late 1997, I sold off my Fuji kit to buy a Leica M10 and a few Leica primes. Since then I upgraded the M10 to the M10-R and I also have the new M11. Although I love the Leica M and primes, 2 primes that I bought with the M10 were miscalibrated out of the box. I had to send them to the Leica repair center in Avondale, NJ and it took them 6 weeks to get them back to me. I purchased the APO Summicron 50mm and after a short time the front of the lens came loose so it had to be sent in for repairs. Then, the Summilux 50 that came miscalibrated from the factory developed a loose front element so it had to be repaired a second time. My M11 had hot pixels in shadow details at ISOs above 2500. I sent the camera in and Leica replaced the sensor. I bought the Leica Tri-Elmar 16-18-21 as a demo from Leica SoHo. The resulting images just didn't look sharp so I sent it to Leica a few weeks ago. They are replacing the the front elements and mechanism which they told me will take another 4-6 weeks before I get my lens back. My point is that although I love my Leica M (I also own an SL2 with Leica zoom lenses), Leica quality control is lacking. In 30 years of shooting a variety of pro Canon film and digital SLRS and then 5 years shooting Fuji-X, I never had to send any item in for service. In contrast, Leica has been sadly disappointing in this regard. Again, check out Fuji-X if you are looking for a reliable APS-C camera with excellent glass. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  10. Fuji has done very well with their excellent series of APS-C sensor line. I shot Fuji-X for five years before switching to Leica in late 1997. Fuji lenses are great, particularly their prime lenses. I think that Leica has decided to focus on its core strengths, the M and SL lines. The good news is that they can direct all resources to their current lineup. Good for us M and SL shooters. BTW, I received my M11 5 weeks ago and took it on a 9 day trip to UK and Holland. It is awesome! Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  11. I got my M11 (black) about 5 weeks ago. I just got back from 9 days in the UK and Holland visiting my daughter who lives and works in London. As I worked through my images in Capture One Pro 22, I became very impressed with the "depth" of detail in the images and more accurate metering system of the M11. My other M is the M10-R, which was an upgrade from the M10, my first Leica. Although I took my APO Summicron 35mm and APO Summicron 50mm lenses with me, the 35mm never left the M11 body. I love this combination. It's a shame that my Leica M10 half case doesn't work on the M11 because of the position of the tripod mount. I was able to buy the black M11 half case in the Leica Mayfair store in London. Here a few images reduced in size to upload. The full size images are spectacular. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  12. Oh, I didn’t get that by the question. I’m don’t know as I never used the in-camera perspective control. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  13. I received my M11 about 4 weeks ago. I still have my M10-R. I really like the M11. I just got back from a 9 day trip to the UK and Holland. I'm still post-processing the images shot with my M11, but so far, I'm very happy with the results. I shot 1,300+ images with the APO Summicron 35mm lens. I took my APO Summicron 50mm lens, but it never left my camera bag. The resolution of the M11 is insane with this excellent lens. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  14. The latest version of Capture One Pro 22 provides perspective control and a host of other cool features, HDR, etc. I switched from LR to C1P about 6 years ago because I was unhappy with the RAW conversion of Fuji X RAF files. Then, C1P was a marked improvement without fussing with the software. In 2017, I sold my Fuji gear to buy my first Leica, the M10, and a few Leica lenses. I stuck with C1P because it was way more capable than LR and eliminated my dependence on LR plug-ins from third parties. Now I all in on Leica and C1P just keeps on getting better and better. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  15. I shoot with an M10-R, M11 and SL2. For a prime M lens that works on all of these bodies very well, I use my APO 75mm and APO 90mm. The 75mm is preferred for travel because it weighs less and is more compact. With the 60MPX of the M11, I can “zoom” by cropping and still have plenty of image data to work with. Both lense are razor sharp, even wide open at f/2. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  16. I tried what you suggested, but it didn't work for me. After saving the thumbwheel setting to no action, the thumbwheel still controls exposure compensation. Definitely a bug. Bud
  17. The WPO would have to pay me to read their trash. Bud
  18. Another bug is that I can’t change the function of the depressing the thumb wheel. No matter what I set it to, it always stays set on exposure compensation. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
  19. For shooting with my SL2, I own the Leica 24-90, 16-35, 90-280 and the very excellent SL 35mm APO. Cheers, Bud James
  20. My vote is for Billingham. I own several, but the Hadley Pro 2020 is my goto travel bag. It’s with me right now in the UK holding my new M11 in black. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto
  21. Unfortunately, the M10 half case does not fit the M11 because the tripod socket is not in the same position. Bummer, because I have 2 M10 half cases in black and the M11 black half cases are on back order. Bud
  22. I sold my M10P (factory-converted M10) to KEH to free up some cash for when my M11 arrives. I also own the M10R, which is my main camera, and the SL2 with all three Leica zoom lenses. I use them for different applications, but the M10R with the APO Summicron 35 is my goto set up for 90% of of my shooting. I have the M11R on order in black. If it works out, I will probably sell my M10R after getting comfortable with the M11. I will not sell my SL2 because of the zoom lenses and the fact by using the M-adapter, I can finally reliable nail focus with my Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 lens. If I had to chose only one camera, I would definitely keep the M10R and my APO Summicron 35mm and 50mm lenses. Great to have choices. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto
  23. I shoot with my M10R most of the time, but I love my SL2 too. It’s a different tool, but also a very pleasurable shooting experience. One of the best uses for my SL2 is shooting with my Noctilux 50mm f0.95. I can finally reliably focus wide open. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto
  24. I hope that you meant to say “M” and not “R” lens for IBIS to work on the SL2. Bud
  25. I was in NYC today. I stopped into the Leica SoHo store to speak with owner, Eli. He had a black M11 on display. I got a change to play with it and the new Visoflex2. It seems very impressive. The shutter is very quiet. With the new Visioflex2, it seems more responsive than the Visoflex on my M11R. I'm on the list for a black one in the next shipment, hopefully, in the new few seeks. Regards, Bud James Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.
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