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Leca M10 Goes to Cuba - by Thorsten von Overgaard

Havana visa travel Fuji X-Pro 2 Noctilux Leica M10 Cuba

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#1 Overgaard

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 23:26

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Armed with the Leica M10, a handful of US Dollars and my fedora hat I landed in Cuba and made this story and some photos. Enjoy!

 

 


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:07

Thanks; great photo journey!

Rob


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:44

Thanks Thorsten. Good stuff, and nice pictures.
But do wish you'd use other lens as well, not just a Noctilux.

cheers...
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:09

Thanks Thorsten. Good stuff, and nice pictures.
But do wish you'd use other lens as well, not just a Noctilux.

cheers...

 

 

 

I used the 50 APO a bit as well in Cuba. In recent months I've used the 50 Summilux APSH a lot.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:23

Very nice photos.

 

Just one comment on the Fuji being too complicated compared to the Leica (more menus and sub-menus). I have to disagree.

 

What I like about the Fuji is there are knobs and dials. i only use the aperture selection on the Fuji lenses, the ISO dial, the Shutter speed dial and the exposure compensation dial, just like when I was using a film camera 

 

Apart from the Film simulation function, I have no idea what is in the menus and sub menus and don't really care. How simple can a camera be to use? Just because it has a thousand and one functions doesn't mean that you have to use them. 

 

It is just like saying why buy a Ferrari (or any other super sports car) when the speed limit in Australia is 110km? All the extra speed going to waste :)


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:29

Beautiful project!

Albert  :)  :)  :)


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:33

Well that's right Ozy.

I have numerous cameras, and just set everthing to default really.

Just change ISO occasionally, and basic parameters. Otherwise a headache.

Everything in post really.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:34

I do like your tabulated comparisons.
And your general prose too.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:58

Thanks Thorsten. Good stuff, and nice pictures.
But do wish you'd use other lens as well, not just a Noctilux.

cheers...

Article includes pics using 50 APO Summicron and 28 Summilux.

Enjoyable essay.

Jeff

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:08

Very nice photos.

 

Just one comment on the Fuji being too complicated compared to the Leica (more menus and sub-menus). I have to disagree.

 

What I like about the Fuji is there are knobs and dials. i only use the aperture selection on the Fuji lenses, the ISO dial, the Shutter speed dial and the exposure compensation dial, just like when I was using a film camera 

 

Apart from the Film simulation function, I have no idea what is in the menus and sub menus and don't really care. How simple can a camera be to use? Just because it has a thousand and one functions doesn't mean that you have to use them. 

 

It is just like saying why buy a Ferrari (or any other super sports car) when the speed limit in Australia is 110km? All the extra speed going to waste :)

 

 

I agree on the possibility to "tame any camera" which I think is almost always possible with any camera. 

 

I disagree with the underlying philosophy of putting everything into a camera ... particulat at the moment where something goes south and you have to figure out what and where that control sits.

 

I disabled all buttons and dials I could. Only the Q button I couldn't get rid of. 


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:25

I agree on the possibility to "tame any camera" which I think is almost always possible with any camera. 

 

I disagree with the underlying philosophy of putting everything into a camera ... particulat at the moment where something goes south and you have to figure out what and where that control sits.

 

I disabled all buttons and dials I could. Only the Q button I couldn't get rid of. 

By the way I love your blog, your very informative articles and lovely photos

 

A very practical example to share here

With the Fuji I have never had any problems as the aperture, iso, shutter speed and exposure compensation dials are allclearly visible and ready to be used

 

I just bought a Leica CL (I also have the M10 and M9P) and last night everything was fine, Did a few test shots. ISO went from 1200 to 6400 without any issues.

This morning (without having touched anything) the ISO was stuck at 100 with a low shutter speed. I am still trying to figure out what is causing it, So even with a simpler menu system I am having more problems than the "complicated" Fuji which has the dials and knobs making it a simpler tool to operate.

 

A clear example menus system versus a fixed Dial system. On the Fuji i will not have this problem as I only use the dials and not the menus. Wish the CL had dials and knobs for the basic functions as stated above

 

Probably have to check the CL forum to see if there is an answer to my problem



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:24

In some pictures I see a color cast like in all pictures with Adobe Standard profile. Because of this I have made me this calibration setting, like I wrote in another thread:

 

"Here again my calibration values ​​for LR (to be set in the development module under camera calibration):

Primary values ​​Red: Hue +10; Saturation -5
Primary values ​​Green: hue 0; Saturation 0
Primary values ​​Blue: hue 0; Saturation -20

The hue of red could turn a bit higher, if it is only about the skin tone, but it shifts the other colors too much. The hue of green could turn a bit down, if you are used to Agfa green.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:17

Nice pictures, nice written story. I’m looking forward for more....
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 14:47

Happy to see so many wonderful pictures taken with the Noctilux !  They also tell me, that I need a lot more practice ....  ;)


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 20:35

Nice pictures, nice written story. I’m looking forward for more....

 

Thank you :-)



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 21:08

Great article and pictures. Love the old cars.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 05:50

Very good.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 14:17

Thanks for the posted images and text. The OOF rendering works for me for some of the images, but it would be good to also see some of the images with very wide angle lenses and at smaller apertures. Do you prefer the 50mm lens if you want to focus on photography with a single lens?



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:26

Masterful, as usual.

 

Cuba being a brightly-lit dilapidated locale, a MATE or WATE may even be good choices to partner with a Noctilux. 


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