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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesK View Post
    Bob, My favourite are the last two shots, and more so the last shot...
    Thanks Charles...I keep finding deeper layers in subsequent pics to explore.

    I have just gotten back to read this thread after three days.

    Tom and zoomstop...wonderful pictures!

    Tom is that first a relative of a Grebe? Striking looking bird.

    Zoomstop, At first I was not so sure about the brown but the depth of dynamic range makes it work for me.

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    Fun on the ice:










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    First ice on the lake (last week) and my two assistants waiting patiently for me to pack the tripod...



    And one of the first images I made with the S2 - some "Spätlese" still hanging on the vines at the beginning of December.

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    Just returned home after a couple of weeks...thought I would add a couple more pictures from a previous shoot.




    Fence Line at Lakes Edge






    Tree Detail in Browns






    Mallard Near Lake's Edge






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    Love this picture David!

    Great contrast and point of view.

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    Out this morning with the S2-P and P67 100 Macro


    Those Trees at Lakes Edge






    Tree and Fallen Branches





    Buildings Past Lakes Edge







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    Little Different Perspective With These



    Hard Times at the Lake








    Green at Lakes Edge





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    Closer to Home...S2-P/P67 100 Macro

    Yellow Blossoms Over The Fence 1







    Yellow Blossoms Over The Fence 2





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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    With all of the talk about how 35mm is now the new medium format ... I thought that I'd post a few recent shots in defense of the diminished quality of the S2.

    Kurt






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    Really nice Kurt. Love that second one... here, and on the MF thread! Great shot, and great processing.

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    Thanks Lloyd!

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    With all of the talk about how 35mm is now the new medium format ... I thought that I'd post a few recent shots in defense of the diminished quality of the S2.

    Kurt





    Kurt, these are amazing photos with the S2!!!! Looking at these photos, you have got me itching for the S2, I think I will have to sell the Noct + more to fund this.

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    Time to "Scratch The Itch" ... which will indeed require a lot of scratch ... but worth every penny IMHO.

    Kurt and others keep proving that this camera does a lot more than it seems.

    BTW, I sold my Nocta 0.95 and while it was fun, I found I was using the 35mm DSLR and M9 less and less after getting the S2.

    In fact, save a few rare applications, the only camera I really would need is the S2.

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Uh oh....

    Went to Photo Village and played with an S2. Best viewfinder I've ever seen. With glasses, I can see everything except the most extreme corners without moving my head around. Unprecedented on 35 or MF (except for waist level finders, of course).

    VERY comfortable to hold. In fact, strangely difficult to let go of . Much better balance with the 70/2.5 than a Canon 1Ds with, oh, anything.

    Now I'll have to rent one and see if the absence of shifts is a problem for landscape and architecture, but damn, that's a fine piece of gear.

    To be continued,

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    PS. You guys aren't helping! Beautiful work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    To be continued,

    Matt

    PS. You guys aren't helping! Beautiful work...
    Too late--looks like you reached the point of no return.

    Off to Sri Lanka on Sunday for 12 days with the S2. Looking really forward to that.

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    There has been a whole lot of noise about MF and the new kids....

    Here are a few from the S2-P






    Small Lake Old Tree





    Tough Being a Poikilotherm





    New Growth





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    ok, in the middle picture the turtle seems the focal point; was that with AF?

    Bob, did you need to over-ride? or was this MF? In the last, you picked a nice FP, and the AF COULD have done it but only with center weighted or spot focus.

    I have been waiting for Leica to offer cenetre or spot focus; they have the mechanism, as I understand that, with different FL lenses there is an algorithm that changes the weighting of the focus for different distances. They just need to write the software to offer a spot/center as they play with the focus photosites anyway.

    Maybe it is just me, but when I tried the S2 vs the Contax AF, it was better, but stilkl not good, especially with a very detailed background; always the great focus on the trees in the background while the deer is nice and fuzzy right in the center! LOL

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    Hi Victor,

    No all three with MF and actually a P67 300 lens on adapter.

    While the Leica AF is good I do find I need to tweak it...but I always shoot MF with the user button for AF. Just to get me close or when the eyes are tired. And yes the DOF on these lenses is somewhat limited so that you can be off by a couple of feet...but may as well be a mile.

    SO...I do bracket a bit when the subject allows it ...in hopes for a perfect focus point.

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    Ok, I thought so... the focus looked too good, and composed and I fear that AF would not have gotten the focal plane where you wanted. I too found that I could naver AF with a lens over 80mm.

    The 300 has a nice boket (is that the accepted spelling?) for mood images like these.
    I like the touch of green in the first; nice that you have it in the center of focus! The splash of color, in focus, really enhances the image.

    ..and focus bracketing!!! You bet. Leica, are you listening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    ok, in the middle picture the turtle seems the focal point; was that with AF?

    Bob, did you need to over-ride? or was this MF? In the last, you picked a nice FP, and the AF COULD have done it but only with center weighted or spot focus.

    I have been waiting for Leica to offer cenetre or spot focus; they have the mechanism, as I understand that, with different FL lenses there is an algorithm that changes the weighting of the focus for different distances. They just need to write the software to offer a spot/center as they play with the focus photosites anyway.

    Maybe it is just me, but when I tried the S2 vs the Contax AF, it was better, but stilkl not good, especially with a very detailed background; always the great focus on the trees in the background while the deer is nice and fuzzy right in the center! LOL

    regards
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    The AF of my S2 works very accurate in most cases. So if anybody has to correct manually (for uncritical subjects) I would recommend to service the camera.

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    I really need to stop looking that this thread. No, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    I really need to stop looking that this thread. No, really.
    Trust me DN, after spending a day shooting it and examining the files that evening and beyond, I was trying to look up the biggest lottery jackpots each week, ever since. That was the easy part, finding what the winning #"s are going to be is another story...LOL! Too bad I just missed last weeks record Poweball. I was only 6 numbers off (out of a total of 6 numbers). Think I even have a chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    I really need to stop looking that this thread. No, really.
    Skip a few lattes a week, save your lunch money, and it will only be a matter of time before you will have the money.

    Then you just need to figure out how to afford the lenses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post

    Then you just need to figure out how to afford the lenses...
    And how to justify it to the wife!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    And how to justify it to the wife!!
    I think it is rather a big assumption you would still be married by then...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    I think it is rather a big assumption you would still be married by then...

    So true!

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    LOL, you guys are too much... And so right.

    Well, I might give the Canon 5D3/1Dx a chance but I'm starting to debate if it's even worth it. I've been unhappy with Canon's bodies for a couple of years now. I like my L glass, but now spoiled by the "good stuff." Might end up selling the whole enchilada. Hey, it would cover an S2 body... Then I'll have to use my Hassy lenses for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    LOL, you guys are too much... And so right.

    Well, I might give the Canon 5D3/1Dx a chance but I'm starting to debate if it's even worth it. I've been unhappy with Canon's bodies for a couple of years now. I like my L glass, but now spoiled by the "good stuff." Might end up selling the whole enchilada. Hey, it would cover an S2 body... Then I'll have to use my Hassy lenses for a while.
    It of course all depends what you shoot and your requirements. Until the D800, the Nikon DSLRs (same for other 35mm DSLR systems) would be necessary for the very fast moving and/or low light stuff, the MF digtial for the high resolution requirements, eespcially for detailed large format prints and the Leica rangefinder when absolute decrete and small body camera/lenses were requried without exception. Unfortunately each system was employed for specific requirements that at best could only be partially fulfilled by another. Once some of those strict requirements are relaxed or not necessarily needed, some of these systems could be employed for double duty and at least one system can be let go of . It always comes down to "decisions, decisions"...LOL!

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    +1.

    The Pentax 645D is my all-round camera for landscapes, documentary, low-light, and studio photography. I have always used large cameras and I have found they are just as discreet as their smaller cousins. I actually replaced a bunch of stuff including my Mamiya 6s with the 645D. I think the S2 could be a similar move for you.

    Arn't you glad we are here to help. I would not even think about getting married...

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    120mm - A stich out of 31 pictures.

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    Incredible detail, boy I'm too lazy to calculate how large a print from this file would be, but I reckon it's gonna be huge.
    All that being said, I appreciate the colors, detail and composition of this photograph. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petster View Post
    120mm - A stich out of 31 pictures.
    I very much like this but wonder what you mean by a stitch of 31 pictures. Is that a stitch in the "traditional" sense (i.e., shots with overlap) or focus stacking, or a combination of both. I own the 120 myself and have shots flowers with it, including roses. At the closest focusing distance, one shot with 120 covers the entire flower of a rose (just did a test with the lens cap, which I think is bigger than a rose flower). Thus, no need to do overlaps, certainly not 31 shots. OTOH, depth of field is very shallow, so one would have to do focus stacking in order to get everything tack sharp, as in your shot.

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    S2 180mm, wide open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMB View Post
    I very much like this but wonder what you mean by a stitch of 31 pictures. Is that a stitch in the "traditional" sense (i.e., shots with overlap) or focus stacking, or a combination of both. I own the 120 myself and have shots flowers with it, including roses. At the closest focusing distance, one shot with 120 covers the entire flower of a rose (just did a test with the lens cap, which I think is bigger than a rose flower). Thus, no need to do overlaps, certainly not 31 shots. OTOH, depth of field is very shallow, so one would have to do focus stacking in order to get everything tack sharp, as in your shot.

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    You are totally right Georg. I stacked instead of stiching and the shot is a crop, so you are right regarding the 120mm.

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    Thanks for clarifying. It it a very cool shoot!

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    finally spring is coming...even though the weather doesnt show it.
    with the 120mm:

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    Taken with S 70mm near Coal Creek Space Reserve, heavily cropped. Lovely flowers with fresh scent, and I'm glad it stopped raining

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    Here are a few more recent shots. Thanks for looking.

    Don't want to bore anyone here with too many S2 posts. Lots more on my tumblr feed: boots on the street








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    Kurt, you have so many beautiful images in your blog. Very inspirational.

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Ocean View Post
    Kurt, you have so many beautiful images in your blog. Very inspirational.
    +1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    The AF of my S2 works very accurate in most cases. So if anybody has to correct manually (for uncritical subjects) I would recommend to service the camera.
    Not true ....the AF system has limitations like any AF system . Leica had to decide how large to make the focusing spot ...make it too narrow and you miss to easily ...too large and where inside the circle will it focus .

    The AF system will focus on the highest contrast edge that is inside the focus circle . Obviously if you get familiar with this you can see when it misses . (Actually it doesn t miss the photographer does but same result).

    But when shooting landscape with a lot of detail and at a distance ...the AF can give you false focus points .

    This is different than an AF that doesn t consistently focus when give a perfect target .

    The best example I know of is shooting a bridge or a pier with repeating struts. If you have multiple high contrast vertical lines inside the circle ..you will not get consistent focus points .

    Accurate ..yes .....prone to missing the focus point yes ...photographer can adapt yes.

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    Kurt

    You blog is really great ... you are a long way from Milwaukee in many ways.

    Roger

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    Thanks Ocean, Marc and Roger.

    Roger, you are right, it is a long way from Milwaukee. My time in SE Asia has greatly influenced how I think about myself, the world and (I believe) positively impacted my photography. I've always felt most comfortable in situations that require extemporaneous shooting ... so Manila is the perfect opportunity to shoot, shoot and shoot some more. There are countless new streets to walk and moments to capture.

    I'm also meeting some fascinating new people. On Monday, for instance, I have a small exhibit at a local hospital here in Manila that features the portraits of cancer patients and their family support networks. Here's a picture of Paul, who after his 34th of 35 radiation treatments was outside an hour later running around with his children.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    Here are a few more recent shots. Thanks for looking.

    Don't want to bore anyone here with too many S2 posts. Lots more on my tumblr feed: boots on the street
    Wow Kurt - I like those a lot. Full of life
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    Not true ....the AF system has limitations like any AF system . Leica had to decide how large to make the focusing spot ...make it too narrow and you miss to easily ...too large and where inside the circle will it focus .

    The AF system will focus on the highest contrast edge that is inside the focus circle . Obviously if you get familiar with this you can see when it misses . (Actually it doesn t miss the photographer does but same result).

    But when shooting landscape with a lot of detail and at a distance ...the AF can give you false focus points .

    This is different than an AF that doesn t consistently focus when give a perfect target .

    The best example I know of is shooting a bridge or a pier with repeating struts. If you have multiple high contrast vertical lines inside the circle ..you will not get consistent focus points .

    Accurate ..yes .....prone to missing the focus point yes ...photographer can adapt yes.
    Roger,
    yes it can miss if I shoot one branch in front of others at different distance.
    I dint think any AF would.
    At least the AF point has a size that I constantly get good shots when I want to focus on an eye in a portait, and for maybe 90% of the images I shoot.
    Still I ordered the microprism screen for those times when I want to focus manually.
    The big viewfinder is a big plus to control focus.

    The AF of the Pentax K5 I had serious problems with the size of the AF point so I know what you are talking about. I also had serious problems with 2 Canon 7d AF. In both cases so much I decided the system was not for me.
    I also had some slight accurancy problems with the Hy6.
    For me the S2 AF was a positive surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    Roger,
    yes it can miss if I shoot one branch in front of others at different distance.
    I dint think any AF would.
    At least the AF point has a size that I constantly get good shots when I want to focus on an eye in a portait, and for maybe 90% of the images I shoot.
    Still I ordered the microprism screen for those times when I want to focus manually.
    The big viewfinder is a big plus to control focus.

    The AF of the Pentax K5 I had serious problems with the size of the AF point so I know what you are talking about. I also had serious problems with 2 Canon 7d AF. In both cases so much I decided the system was not for me.
    I also had some slight accurancy problems with the Hy6.
    For me the S2 AF was a positive surprise.
    I think we are in complete agreement . It always depends on a number of variables ..which most photographers learn and master over time .

    If you are used to a Pro body nikon d3/4 etc you had 3 AF modes . I shot sports with my nikons ... a D3S used on the wide area method will 90% pick the right focus point and you can lock on it so if the subject moves the camera will refocus . When you shoot polo you focus on the ball and wide open it will stay sharp thru about 6 frames with the horses coming straight at you . With the moveable focus points you can place a focus point on the eye and it will be perfect . This is in a totally different league than the S2 . So if you were coming from a D3x for example ..the S2 AF frustrates until you get used to it .

    But once the S2 focuses on the correct point ..I find it extremely accurate . I don t get front and back focus .....I get plan misses because I didn t use the AF correctly ... Like a spot meter would be for exposure .

    I think you follow this but the topic keeps coming up .

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenerrolrd View Post
    I think we are in complete agreement . It always depends on a number of variables ..which most photographers learn and master over time .

    If you are used to a Pro body nikon d3/4 etc you had 3 AF modes . I shot sports with my nikons ... a D3S used on the wide area method will 90% pick the right focus point and you can lock on it so if the subject moves the camera will refocus . When you shoot polo you focus on the ball and wide open it will stay sharp thru about 6 frames with the horses coming straight at you . With the moveable focus points you can place a focus point on the eye and it will be perfect . This is in a totally different league than the S2 . So if you were coming from a D3x for example ..the S2 AF frustrates until you get used to it .

    But once the S2 focuses on the correct point ..I find it extremely accurate . I don t get front and back focus .....I get plan misses because I didn t use the AF correctly ... Like a spot meter would be for exposure .

    I think you follow this but the topic keeps coming up .
    I have owned Nikons for many years, right now a D700 is left.
    The AF speed is faster than the S2, and the continues AF of the pro Nikon bodies is great.
    Thats the reason why I still own a Nikon. If I would shot sports more often again I might use the Nikon more often.
    I have made very good experience with Nikon AF, once the right correction settings for the lenses are found.

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    A few examples to illustrate the versatility of the S2 as a travel camera. All from a recent trip to Sri Lanka. More on my website, which is still under construction.











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    I really need to stop looking at these amazing pictures. I saved enough for a M9 but I know that S2 is the one I really want - although I cannot afford one.

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