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By Herr BarnackHere's a question for M camera photographers (film or digital): If you were to choose to work with just one M lens, which would you choose and why?
Which focal length?
Which maximum aperture?
Is the one camera, one lens approach a valid approach or is it an unnecessary limitation?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! 😉
By LanarkI just watched this video by Tony Northrup about full frame vs smaller lenses.
He makes some good points about the larger lenses collecting more light due to 'basic physics'
But this also has me wondering about M series lenses which traditionally have very good quality ratings despite their small size - where is the trade off?
I feel like I am missing something in the way that lens size applies to a rangefinder?
By wbabbott3Back then, at the end of R camera and lens production, we were promised a "new" R camera to replace that well-loved camera and its lenses.
The SL can mount R lenses and it can help you focus a MF R lens with Live View and the joy stick enlargement. But mounting an R lens on an SL is only half of providing an equivalent R camera.
The MF experience is a two-fold hand and eye operation: focusing the lens by hand AND using a split-field viewfinder to focus it. That latter step is not now available for the SL, but could be furnished very simply.
In AF mode, the SL sensor gets light through the mounted AF lens, detects the degree of un-focus (the error signal), and issues commands to the lens's motor to focus it.
With a MF lens attached, everything is the same except that the commands have no where to go and are not used.
To me there is a simple way to use that degree of un-focus (the error signal) with a MF lens.
Let it drive a computer- generated image of a split-field viewfinder.
As the MF lens is focused by hand, in lieu of a motor, the state of focus would be displayed as if there was a real, split-field optical viewfinder in use. Thus the eye-hand manual focus of the R camera would be preserved in the SL, or other AF cameras that can mount a MF lens.
Think about it this way:
Simply replace the motor focusing an AF lens with a hand focusing a MF lens, guided by a synthetic computer-generated split-level display in the Electronic View Finder.
With this bit of digital skullduggery, any AF camera with an EVF which can mount a MF lens can be used exactly like any MF camera with a split-field rangefinder.
I hope Leica will provide this feature in the near future so that R lens fans can use their MF lenses with an SL body just the way they used them on an R camera body.
By didierDear all,
I maybe the latest GAS syndrom victim
Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!/uploads/emoticons/converted_l%C3%A4cheln1.gif"> I am wondering how you set your SL when using manual lenses (M lenses in my case) ?
On the CL, I use the wheel to quickly zoom in, nail focus and shoot. I came to like that method.
But on the SL ? I found the default setting quite cumbersom (thought I've been playing around with the camera for 1/2 hour only...)
How do you set your SL to be efficient and fast at focusing using the zoom-in possibility ? Is it possible to set a kind of automatic 10* zoom when you frame ?
thank you for your answers !