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I have been a long time Digital Leica user.  Started with a Digilux 2 then a dlux 2, then an M8, followed by an X-Vario, a dlux (type 109). A Q and an m240.  I know I change cameras a lot...just talk to my wife!! 

Now I have a CL with the 18-56 lens.  I am very happy with  the photographic results I'm getting. The 18-56 really meets the sweet spot of how I see, and want to photograph.  My question is, I have a Leica m-adapter L, an old 40mm Summicron-C and an older Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Summaron f=35cm 1:3.5. Which are both really sharp, and I like the results I have gotten from them when adapted to other cameras.

When I go into the Leica CL main menu, level 3, lens profiles,  I am given the option Auto, Off and M-Lenses.  When I go to M-lenses neither the Summicron-c nor the Summaron are listed...So...How do I get the best results, Auto, Off, or pick a m-lens that is close.  If it is pick a M-Lens that is close, which one do I pick.

Happy with my purchase, perplexed with my choices when using old (but really sharp and not fogged ) adapted Leica lenses.

Jim

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Welcome to our side of the board! I still have my Q, but since getting the CL, have to remind myself to use it. The 18-56 is a really nice lens.

jaapv is the Summicron-C guy around here. I'd be curious to read his response.

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I apply no profile to my Summicron-C 40/2 and Elmar 35/3.5 because none of the ones i've tried did any significant difference to me. Otherwise, closer profiles could be resp. Summicron-M 35/2 v3 and Summarit-M 35/2.5

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I have several lenses that are not coded and for which no direct code is manually selectable. I just set up a test for each of them, shoot some test frames without a profile at all, and then shoot a few tests with profiles from lenses that have similar focal length and lens design. I pick whichever profile nets any improvement. For instance, the Voigtländer Color-Skopar 28mm f/3.5 obtains a small degree of improvement with light falloff when I use the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 profile with it. 

If you see no improvement at all and don't care whether the EXIF data includes a lens name and focal length so you can identify which exposures were made with a particular lens in a DAM, just leave it to Unknown. Also, if you choose a lens profile, all of the features in the AutoISO setup are applied, and they're not all available without a lens profile to guide the camera's operation. 

 

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13 hours ago, jpreisch said:

I have been a long time Digital Leica user.  Started with a Digilux 2 then a dlux 2, then an M8, followed by an X-Vario, a dlux (type 109). A Q and an m240.  I know I change cameras a lot...just talk to my wife!! 

Now I have a CL with the 18-56 lens.  I am very happy with  the photographic results I'm getting. The 18-56 really meets the sweet spot of how I see, and want to photograph.  My question is, I have a Leica m-adapter L, an old 40mm Summicron-C and an older Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Summaron f=35cm 1:3.5. Which are both really sharp, and I like the results I have gotten from them when adapted to other cameras.

When I go into the Leica CL main menu, level 3, lens profiles,  I am given the option Auto, Off and M-Lenses.  When I go to M-lenses neither the Summicron-c nor the Summaron are listed...So...How do I get the best results, Auto, Off, or pick a m-lens that is close.  If it is pick a M-Lens that is close, which one do I pick.

Happy with my purchase, perplexed with my choices when using old (but really sharp and not fogged ) adapted Leica lenses.

Jim

I pick a Summicron 35, to approximate the focal length in EXIF. Actually, my lens is coded as such.

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I used a summicron c 40mm for a while on my CL.....it worked fabulously and as far as profile went , I set it for a 'cron 35 as it gave the most pleasing results to my eye...the 'C' is hugely underrated as is the 90 'c'   wonderful lenses and the 90mm is available for filter money these days...perhaps one of the best value lenses around!

 

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