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    Washington, DC
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    Leica Q2, Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH FL, Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f2 ASPH

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  1. Personally I prefer B&W because that's what I grew up on. Unfortunately when I started shooting for clients 80% of what I did; I did for the money with the balance for the love of the art which there wasn't a lot left at the end of the day. Moving forward I will go whichever direction my future clients want me to go when I'm able to start shooting for myself again.......which I'm precluded from doing until March 2, 2022 because of contractual obligations and the retirement that the pandemic "forced" upon me. Once that contract concludes I'm going to hit the ground running which
  2. Thank you for the compliments. Yes that Leica 35mm Summilux-M is one excellent lens. I'm finding that even after 30 years in the business to be as precise as possible these lenses have a learning curve. You are also correct about the NEF and the Monochrome setting made in camera as the Monochrome setting only affects the jpeg; but what I did do with the contrast globally was match the color NEF file to the jpeg for my final image. I'm sure that if I work with the Adjustment Brush in ACR I can selectively make the image pop more but these tests are just the beginning as I've only
  3. I owned an Angenieux 35-70mm as well for a number of years prior to Nikon finally getting theirs out.
  4. I will agree with you that Nikkor lenses and Nikon cameras have made some notable and very high quality equipment. I will also agree that the Leica film gear that I used early in my career (30 years professional) as I started in the early 80's was outstanding; but unfortunately it was difficult to afford early in my career. I'm looking forward to learning which Leica equipment will give me the unparalleled quality I want for my imagery going forward.
  5. Thank you. I know that some the older Nikkor lenses have very desirable "flaws" or so say the younger generation of up and coming photographers. I too have collected some older Nikkor glass as well and am looking forward to adapting it and using it on mirrorless as well. Currently, I'm primarily interested in getting the best bang for the monies invested with the ability to shoot wide open and these Leica lenses seem to rise up that level of quality.
  6. I did some tests using a Nikon Z5 and the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH FL (11663) adapting the lens on the camera using Novoflex and FotoFox adaptors. In my tests I found that the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH FL is an incredible lens even when used on a low end mirrorless camera. I'm not too worried about the vignetting as i plan on shooting this and the Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f2 ASPH that I also purchased all the way open. Most of the imagery I will use these lenses for will likely never see f/8 or smaller. The reason for my tests was to decide if I will purchase Lei
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