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  1. From the album: Travel

    Leica M + Leica Telyt M f/4.8 280

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  2. Dear all, I will probably have a trip to Namibia and Zambia next August. I am a long time M shooter and shoot exclusively with my Ms. For Namibia and Safaris I plan to get a new body and longer lenses. From what I have read, I should go for a body allowing long telephotos such as 200-500m, 300m with 2* extender, ... and maybe even with an APS-C body (Nikon D500 ??). I'd like the idea to get a body that can also be used with my M lenses, but so far, the longest SL-zoom seems on the short side ? (and there is no extender, am I right ??) Thanks for any comments / point of vues ! Didier
  3. I have a 90 Summicron for my M10. I have been considering a 135 or longer. What experiences and recommendations do you have for lenses to consider? I have heard differing opinions on focusing the 135. Andy comments and suggestions on this would be helpful
  4. With the launch of the TL2 and the CL this year, Leica has boldly put its weight behind its APSC systems. The cameras look and feel great, though they would undoubtedly benefit from a richer selection of fast lenses to partner with. Personally, I see the TL / CL cameras filling an important void for M shooters. With rangefinders, lengths between 24-50mm tend to hit the sweet spot, and while the fast telephoto lenses render beautifully, manual focusing a 90mm Summicron on a rangefinder for candid street or action is borderline masochistic. In this respect, it would be great to see TL Summicron or Summarit prime equivalents of either the 75, 90, or 135 focal lengths, all with fast auto focus. I know we have the 55mm - 135mm zoom, but F 4.5 is not workable in low light, and the 60mm F2.8 Macro, while gorgeous, is a little too slow to auto focus. I would love to know what other people want to see on the TL lens roadmap. Let us build a little public pressure to ensure that these smart systems get the lenses they deserve.
  5. I am always thinking about new ways to use my Q ... The other day, I was mousing around the Leica Rumors site, and I accidentally came across an article written on Feb. 27 of 2017 about adding a Konica Minolta ACT-100 1.5x telephoto converter lens to the Leica Q. It caught my attention for several reasons - first, of course, it would be great to have some additional focal length flexibility on the Q (rather than just cropping!), second, because that particular teleconverter has a 49mm screw thread, which allows it to be directly attached to the front of the Q lens, third, because it has some serious glass - it weighs 1 lb. 2 oz, the front lens is 3 1/4 in. in diameter, and according to Konica Minolta it has 5 elements in 3 groups! Plus, I was able to purchase one in absolutely pristine condition on eBay for about $45.00! So when I got the lens, I tested it, and it screwed on perfectly - confirming a standard 49mm thread! But when I turned on the camera, even with the giant objective lens, there was major vignetting - I had to set the camera to 50mm crop just to get rid of the very dark edges. And worse, when I tried some photos, there was only a small sweet spot in the center third of the 50mm crop which had good optical quality - beyond that everything was smeared. I have attached a resized 50-mm crop of a landscape, plus the same landscape through the A-100. It may be harder to tell where the quality starts to deteriorate in these drastically-resized photos, but it is easy to see that there is still vignetting in the A-100 photo, and a closer inspection will show the smearing outside the sweet spot. Regretfully, I have to conclude that for an additional lens which weighs almost as much as the entire Q, the usable area of the enlarged image is just too small (sad face), but my next step is going to be attaching the Q to my real telescope, to see how that works Stay tuned - and let me know if you have any better results using other teleconverters! Sincerely, Richard
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