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    LOLOL! ...and I didn't know you were talking about your daughter, since when I first opened the thread to read and look at your posting, my eyes were solely on the stature. It was only as I was about to close out the thread that I realized who you were refering to (your daughter! Great "unexpected" capture. Is that "art imitating life" or visa versa?

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    Thank you for giving me a smile this morning Tom. All your daughter needed was a hat to perfectly imitate the statue. Was she intentionally imitating the statue?

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    Several shots while on my way to Death Valley, California ...




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    Kurt,
    I like the effect of the slight overexposure. Really makes me feel the heat in the desert. Thanks for posting.
    PS: a tad less saturation could perhaps help to convey this feeling even more.

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    I really like the first one Kurt. I look forward to seeing your Death Valley photos. That trip is on my short list.

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    Kurt,
    wow!
    "desert gold" (gerea canescens)
    I am looking forward to more photos from Death Walley.

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    Beautiful!!!
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    Several shots while on my way to Death Valley, California ...



    Very nice Kurt. Which lens were those?

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    Went to a polo match with my friend, Roger, this past week. Shot this with the 180mm which is not a long enough focal length for this sport... 400-600mm is far better. This crop represents approximately 10-15% of the original image.

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    Hi David,

    Can you stand the $64 question???

    Ok....was this AF

    and yes, I AM considering the S2

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    Went to a polo match with my friend, Roger, this past week. Shot this with the 180mm which is not a long enough focal length for this sport... 400-600mm is far better. This crop represents approximately 10-15% of the original image.
    Hey David

    Not bad for such a crop with horses in motion. The S2 is not ideal for this type of work (compared to say a D3S or X with a 500mm up)

    Still really good work

    Best

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    Three recent ones












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    Hi David,

    Can you stand the $64 question???

    Ok....was this AF

    and yes, I AM considering the S2

    best regards
    Victor
    All my shots on this day were AF but the S2 is simply not in the same ballpark as my Nikon D3S in capturing fast moving action shots. The best shots from the Leica were the background subjects, e.g. kids walking around the field, other photographers, etc. But when those horses are galloping towards you it's 35mm territory. The flip side is that the colors and overall look from the Leica lenses make the Nikon shots look watered down.

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    I have been following this thread for weeks and would like to post a few files from the S2-P / 70 F2.5 combination. Nothing profound...no large landscapes as yet...more of a process - learning the limits so to speak.

    Around the House:

    Bowl and Spoon:



    Decoys on Glass:



    Hurricane Lamps:




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    Very nice Bob. So... looks like the siren call prevailed, eh?

    Looking forward to seeing more.

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    A few more:

    Evening approaches:



    Mandarin and Amber:



    Wood on wood:



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    A few outside:

    Cross Vine:



    Morning Sun:



    Just Watered:




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    These are post processed a bit with Nik SEfex 2:

    Texas Skis:



    Serena:



    The following just a capture in a very dark garage.

    Garden Shade:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Very nice Bob. So... looks like the siren call prevailed, eh?

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    It has more than I expected...giving up the removable back and changing systems was a bit of a concern. Now that I have had a chance to work with the camera some of those concerns were alleviated.

    It is a camera that seems to succeed at both grand and small scale visions...

    I think that the AF is a bit underrated here...I was impressed with speed and the ability to fine tune your shots once I gained some facility with the AF lock
    button.

    I need to read up on A versus P modes ... camera seems to change without input on my part. I am sure that I am doing something I shouldn't with regards to this.

    I think you would find it to be an ideal companion to the D3s...all of my shots at 640 appear very clean. When things get very fast or too dark the D3s will catch the light.

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    from today


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    I like that a lot. Very sober.

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    A few outside:

    Cross Vine:



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    SO far the S2 fully meets my expectations. It works so well for me that I use it for many occasions were one could say MF is overkill and my DSLR(s) and the M9 collect dust.
    The downside is once being used to the IQ of the S2 the results from my other cams are judged with a diferent expectation level now.

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    by the way...everybody who thinks a S2 with 3 lenses in a sling bag is too heavy to carry for 3 hours....I recommend to carry a backpack with a praglider and equipment (15-20kg)....afterwards the S2 feels really light

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    without commenting all images - many really nice ones...and interesting to see different styles of photography and many different applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    SO far the S2 fully meets my expectations. It works so well for me that I use it for many occasions were one could say MF is overkill and my DSLR(s) and the M9 collect dust.
    The downside is once being used to the IQ of the S2 the results from my other cams are judged with a diferent expectation level now.
    Tom--Seems you have as much fun as myself . I got the 180 on Saturday and now wait for the 120.

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    I like that a lot. Very sober.
    Thank you Georg.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    once being used to the IQ of the S2 the results from my other cams are judged with a diferent expectation level now.

    Any MF digital capture raises one's awareness of possibilities that other forms of capture can only imitate....which is why I returned so quickly after selling my H3D II.

    I almost traded up to the H4D 60...this thread helped me resist the urge - as an amateur I believe that the S2 will meet most of my needs.


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    by the way....I recommend to carry a backpack with a praglider and equipment (15-20kg)....afterwards the S2 feels really light
    The burden of carrying our children for a season is lightened by their smiles and the knowledge that one day they must carry us.

    Great pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    It has more than I expected...giving up the removable back and changing systems was a bit of a concern. Now that I have had a chance to work with the camera some of those concerns were alleviated.

    It is a camera that seems to succeed at both grand and small scale visions...

    I think that the AF is a bit underrated here...I was impressed with speed and the ability to fine tune your shots once I gained some facility with the AF lock
    button.

    I need to read up on A versus P modes ... camera seems to change without input on my part. I am sure that I am doing something I shouldn't with regards to this.

    I think you would find it to be an ideal companion to the D3s...all of my shots at 640 appear very clean. When things get very fast or too dark the D3s will catch the light.

    Bob
    Bob,

    Looks like you're off to quite a good start with the S2.

    The camera is changing from P to A because you are pressing in while turning the thumb wheel and the camera is set to "short press". Go into the Setup menu (lower right quadrant). Change the "Click Wheel Exp. Mode" to "Long Press". This will make it harder to accidentally change the exposure mode from P to A. In fact, to do so on the long press option, you will need to press and hold the thumb wheel in for 3 seconds.

    I'd suggest to watch our video instruction series on the S2, which covers all of the menu options and basic operations of the camera. They can be found on our YouTube channel at: http:www.youtube.com/user/DalePhotoAndDigital. We will be updating the videos soon to cover the changes in the latest firmware release like long exposure selection in Bulb and DNG compression.

    I'd also make a recommendation to set the AF-lock button to activate AF rather than use the shutter release. Just set the Focus Mode to MF and the rear button will be set to AF-on. Should help with focus and recompose.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    These are post processed a bit with Nik SEfex 2:

    Texas Skis:
    Hi Bob
    All of these shots are gorgeous, and chime with my soul exactly - grand shots of small things - really splendid.
    I'm jealous of your S2 - you're making wonderful shots already.
    Lloyd . . . . when does yours arrive?

    Just this guy you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfarkas View Post
    Hope this helps.

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    David,

    More than help...invaluable time savers.

    My H3D II was set for AF with button and MF otherwise...preferred way to focus.

    I doubt I would have uncovered the short press difference quickly....

    I did see your video on Custom Functions this weekend. I need to followup with the others, they all are very good.

    I have followed your blog since the intro in Germany....Savannah and the 35 segment are just stunning. One of the main motivators in my change. The 35 is the next lens on my "short-list."

    I hope to contact you tomorrow concerning the adapter.

    Thanks again for all the information and support that you have provided on the S2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Lloyd . . . . when does yours arrive?
    Seriously?

    I endorse the move....

    And Jono...I have followed you pics since your photo.net days...Venice with the D(xx) caught my attention. Thank you for the encouragement...I need to spend more time with the camera...these were from two mornings after I received it. Much to explore.

    My M series days are numbered as my eyesight is less than ideal...nice to have AF as a backup for those difficult days and times.

    I would love to connect the next time I am transiting through the UK onto W Africa or when our daughter defends her D Phil dissertation...the light in Cornwall and Suffolk looks to be stunning.

    My regards to Caspar....

    BTW Redgrave Church series during this Lenten season is stunning. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    David,

    More than help...invaluable time savers.

    My H3D II was set for AF with button and MF otherwise...preferred way to focus.

    I doubt I would have uncovered the short press difference quickly....

    I did see your video on Custom Functions this weekend. I need to followup with the others, they all are very good.

    I have followed your blog since the intro in Germany....Savannah and the 35 segment are just stunning. One of the main motivators in my change. The 35 is the next lens on my "short-list."

    I hope to contact you tomorrow concerning the adapter.

    Thanks again for all the information and support that you have provided on the S2.

    Bob
    Bob

    I promise that you will be blown away by the 35S. The lack of distortion and the razor sharpness of this lens puts it in a class of its own. (At least for AF lenses. I have never used Schneiders or Rodenstocks so can't comment on them)

    Keep having fun. The S2 just seems to get better and better as you use it more and more.

    Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post

    The S2 just seems to get better and better as you use it more and more.

    Congrats

    Woody
    Woody,

    At our age it is nice to find something that gets better and better...other than my wife I have not seen this to a great extent.

    Looks like the 35 may be a bit of a wait....none seem to be in the US at present.

    But I have a lot to learn with the present system.

    Thank you for the encouragement for the 35...I am excited to see all the upcoming lenses.

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    Very nice work Bob. Congrat's on the kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMB View Post
    Tom--Seems you have as much fun as myself . I got the 180 on Saturday and now wait for the 120.

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    Yes Georg,
    lately I have used the 120 and 180 a lot, the 70 only occasionally and the 35 very seldom.
    How do you like the 180 so far?

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    Congratulations Bob!

    and a lovely set of 'real world' shots. What I have found is that I use the S2 just like I would use the M9 - for a lot of snaps which my other MF gear I could never get enthusiastic about - except for the files..now the S2 gives us the IQ and much improved ergonomics. the auto focus is handy for sure..i'd like to see a split screen viewfinder to help with the V lenses I am using.


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    Tom--I only used the 180 for a day at the beach in Holland. I like it a lot, but have to get used to the focal length, as for the past 5 years I shot almost exclusively Ms and seldomely used something longer than a 75. One thing I noticed that when I took shots of my wife (full body) from about 8 m, her front shoulder was in focus and the face already slightly out of focus (at f 6.8). Depth of field is so thin that you have to be spot on with your focus. I also tried to shoot our dog running into and out of the sea but this showed the limites of the autofocus, which is too slow for such an excercise. As others have noticed, this is clearly 35mm territory.

    I also try to "learn" all lenses and sometimes go out with the intention to shoot one lens (eventhough the others are in the bag). I did the same with the M9, where I also went out with maximum 3 lenses.

    One thing I need to work on is my lens changing technique. Still takes too long. I also need a proper bag but have not found the ideal solution yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMB View Post
    Tom--I only used the 180 for a day at the beach in Holland. I like it a lot, but have to get used to the focal length, as for the past 5 years I shot almost exclusively Ms and seldomely used something longer than a 75. One thing I noticed that when I took shots of my wife (full body) from about 8 m, her front shoulder was in focus and the face already slightly out of focus (at f 6.8). Depth of field is so thin that you have to be spot on with your focus. I also tried to shoot our dog running into and out of the sea but this showed the limites of the autofocus, which is too slow for such an excercise. As others have noticed, this is clearly 35mm territory.

    I also try to "learn" all lenses and sometimes go out with the intention to shoot one lens (eventhough the others are in the bag). I did the same with the M9, where I also went out with maximum 3 lenses.

    One thing I need to work on is my lens changing technique. Still takes too long. I also need a proper bag but have not found the ideal solution yet.

    Georg
    I am still quite happy with the Sling-o-matic from think-tank.
    It takes the S2 with one lens attached and 2 additional lenses plus somesmall things.
    For a slingbag it carries pretty good (at least on my shoulders), it has a nice and big opening to get lenses and camera in and out, its pretty compact for what it carries, it feels like good protection, due to its rectangular shape you can also put it on the fllor and it stands pretty safe.
    The only downside is that the 180 on the body does only fit in the bag when the hood is reversed.
    I know that a normal backpack carries better but I feel so much easier to change lenses with a (rugged) sling back.


    Even though I like shooting wide open I find myself also using f4 and f5.6 much more often lately and the images still show a really nice background blur (depending on distances).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Congratulations Bob!

    and a lovely set of 'real world' shots. What I have found is that I use the S2 just like I would use the M9 - for a lot of snaps which my other MF gear I could never get enthusiastic about - except for the files..now the S2 gives us the IQ and much improved ergonomics. the auto focus is handy for sure..i'd like to see a split screen viewfinder to help with the V lenses I am using.


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    Peter, good to hear you are getting on well with the S2. I've only been using it in studio mostly ... the weather here is just horrible, and unseasonably cold. Nothing much to shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Any MF digital capture raises one's awareness of possibilities that other forms of capture can only imitate....which is why I returned so quickly after selling my H3D II.

    I almost traded up to the H4D 60...this thread helped me resist the urge - as an amateur I believe that the S2 will meet most of my needs.


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    Bob, I can confirm your decision re: your needs. In addition to the S2, I also did upgrade to the H4D/60 mostly for demanding large work and commercial studio applications. It is VERY demanding of technique to realize all the resolution, much more so than the H3D/39 or H4D/40. Plus, the Dalsa sensor produces files that require a whole new approach to post work compared to my previous Hasselblad Kodak files. It represents a big learning curve that's going to take a concerted effort to master.

    Where in contrast, once customized, the S2 has been a more spontaneous tool, plenty of resolution and the optics are wicked good.

    -Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    Very nice work Bob. Congrat's on the kit.
    Thank you David.

    It is kind of fun to realize all that I need to learn to work with the new system. Enough is different in menus and functions that I need to figure out my personal preferences in regards to custom functions etc...

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Congratulations Bob!

    and a lovely set of 'real world' shots. What I have found is that I use the S2 just like I would use the M9 - for a lot of snaps which my other MF gear I could never get enthusiastic about - except for the files..now the S2 gives us the IQ and much improved ergonomics. the auto focus is handy for sure..i'd like to see a split screen viewfinder to help with the V lenses I am using.


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    Thanks Pete,

    I set aside the M9 for the present as my capture rate varied daily depending upon my sleep deficit and difficulty of subject with regards to distance speed and focus. My regrets have somewhat lessened now that I have had a weekend with the S2.

    I need to also look at the split screen viewfinder as I have acquired a couple of P67 lenses to use until I can find a 35S lens. I have no V legacy glass and the P67s are being thrown away at todays prices.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Bob, I can confirm your decision re: your needs. In addition to the S2, I also did upgrade to the H4D/60 mostly for demanding large work and commercial studio applications. It is VERY demanding of technique to realize all the resolution, much more so than the H3D/39 or H4D/40. Plus, the Dalsa sensor produces files that require a whole new approach to post work compared to my previous Hasselblad Kodak files. It represents a big learning curve that's going to take a concerted effort to master.

    Where in contrast, once customized, the S2 has been a more spontaneous tool, plenty of resolution and the optics are wicked good.

    -Marc
    Marc,

    It is great to have that confirmation. I struggled with the choice...did not want to commit but finally realized that I am not willing to give up spontaneity at this point. Locked down mirror up the resolution will be good enough for my needs.

    I do hope to live a bit vicariously through your acquisition as you post captures from the H4D 60. There is something about the color rendition from that camera and chip that is wonderful - a good example was Woody Campbell's harbor/Statue of Liberty capture.

    The weather here is not too conducive for photography with 15 mph winds gusting to 25 mph - golf ball hail last night and a 25 degree drop in temperature. I am surprised we did not have any tornadoes reported in the area. Good news will be the crystal clear blue skies if this blows over.

    Bob

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    I have had a chance to play a bit more with the S2 / 70S lens....

    Rail Yard BW




    Treasures in Same BW




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    Couple more from down the road:

    Old Firetruck BW




    Detail of Truck BW



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    Really nice Bob - love the first and last especially - nice B&W conversion.

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    Urs Fisher's giant teddy bear being installed in front of the Seagrams building. M9 + bokeh king. 2 frames stitched and perspective corrected in PS.


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    Big yellow bear faces off vs. Racquet Club. M9 + bokeh king.


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