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    Inside with the S-2P



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    The S2 is not a bad mono camera....



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    Continuation of the S2 retrospective...RED AND GREEN

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    A couple of detail shots...


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    A bit more organic....


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    here is one with S2 + Mamiya A 120/4 @f/5.6


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    Newb to the S. So for so good...

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    After receiving a new CS45/2.8 and wanting to give it a quick whirl, I wandered out into our yard that's in process of being liberated from the most brutal winter I can recall.

    To my surprise, a few stubborn fall leaves had held on through the gale force winds and bitter blizzards that beat every thing else into submission. Brave little leaves that just wanted one more whiff of sunlight and warmth before being ejected by the fresh buds of Spring.

    Wonderful lens with its' perfectly round OOF specular highlights. A candidate for most favored focal length in the S pantheon. Full shot and crop: S2-P @ 1/750; CS45/2.8 @ f/3.4, ISO 320

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    Marc,

    Stunning light and drawing of the 45...just added it to my want list.

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    What doc said...leagues above me.

    I have the 70mm was thinking of getting a wider angle. 30 vs 35mm? I hear the Elmarit is a better lens than Summarit, but of course a 1/2 stop difference. Any insight from those in the know? Architecture, landscape etc. is the target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reflectedlights View Post
    What doc said...leagues above me.

    I have the 70mm was thinking of getting a wider angle. 30 vs 35mm? I hear the Elmarit is a better lens than Summarit, but of course a 1/2 stop difference. Any insight from those in the know? Architecture, landscape etc. is the target.
    "Better than" is splitting hairs at the nano level. All these lenses are superlative.

    How wide is a personal call. I have the CS35/2.5 because I shoot mostly people and do not like to get any wider than that (28mm in 35mm format terms) when photographing groups. The 30mm (24mm in 35mm format terms) would be a touch wide for that, and distort people on the end a bit too much for me.

    The 30mm may be good for your applications you could shoot a little loose on the crop and allow room for PC corrections in post.

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    I really do love the rendering of the CS45, very cool FL too. Beautiful light, very nice pics Marc.

    Robert, I have a special affinity for the Stearman biplane as I'm rated to fly one. It's a gentle, forgiving aircraft with loads of character. I can smell the castor oil now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    I really do love the rendering of the CS45, very cool FL too. Beautiful light, very nice pics Marc.

    Robert, I have a special affinity for the Stearman biplane as I'm rated to fly one. It's a gentle, forgiving aircraft with loads of character. I can smell the castor oil now...
    Almost bought one in the late 80's ... succumbed to reason...nothing like a PW/Jacobs leaking oil on the tarmac.....

    Great plane one of my favorites...now the Beech 17 Staggerwing....

    Another life perhaps....

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    Here is a picture of a rose taken with my S2P and 120mm Lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reflectedlights View Post
    What doc said...leagues above me.

    I have the 70mm was thinking of getting a wider angle. 30 vs 35mm? I hear the Elmarit is a better lens than Summarit, but of course a 1/2 stop difference. Any insight from those in the know? Architecture, landscape etc. is the target.
    I own boths (bought the 30 used after I had the 35 from beginning) and my plan was to decide for one. Its still hard. I prefer the 35 as a flexible lens for indoors handheld and for people shots when 70 is to tight.
    The 30 however is IMO the more interesting addition to 70 for landscape showing a little more wide abgle chracter and fitting the scene in a frame.
    I would assume 30 being also better for architecture. As Marc said it would also allow to do some cropping for perspective correction.
    optically I am happy with both and also with the 45 a lot.
    I might sell my 35 since I now have 45 for that enviromentel portraits and people stuff.
    The problem is I often bring the S outside on hikes and walks and usually dont like carrying more than 2 lenses. One normal or tele lens and one wideangle.
    ans sometimes I feel I could need both , 45 and 30. And for those times I still sometimes bring the 35.
    Ma fav focal length however is 45 at the moment.
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    Have started using the S2 again a bit more, after about a year of taking the M with me everywhere. This is a panorama stitch made from 5 images, using the 70 mm Summarit. Wolfgangsee in Salzkammergut, Austria.

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    All the CMOS to CCD discussions are playing out and the usual sky is falling for the future of MF mindset is being suggested...I suspect that many hope to reinvigorate this segment of the market with the new new CMOS units.

    Higher ISO, Liveview and I have heard more robust files are in store for those who make the change.

    As one who is not sensitive to commercial trends - shoot for enjoyment not income I fall into the camp that has favored the present CCD look. From the Nikon D 70 to a Canon 1D through the Leica Ms and Phase one/Hasselblad/Leica S2-P backs I have learned how to work with the look and texture of the files ... and I do have CMOS cameras which perform well also.

    Assuming that the newer S camera from Leica to be an adequate upgrade from my previous S2-P I took advantage of the discount and now am learning the new Leica S Type 006. Should the newer CMOS version match this then I may think about changing in the distant future...the only thing that would make me run to the bank would be a Monochrom S...


    So here are a few shots from the camera after unpacking it this afternoon...nothing special just getting reacquainted with the system. Did I mention that I like the color?




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    And a couple outside....



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    Bob
    you take wonderful photographs
    Just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Bob
    you take wonderful photographs
    Just sayin'
    I am humbled that you find something in my posts that is of value!

    Pray that the grand baby is well and you all are enjoying a blessed Spring.

    Thank you for the gracious comments ... and your joyous presence on this site...

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    Chasing the light in the garden this morning....



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    The following are at ISO 1600....


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    Here are some shots I have taken in Feb while beeing in Namibia. I wanted to find out if the S2 can go for wildlife. All shots were taken with a LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:2.8 280MM on the S2.











    Who is interested in a more detailed report can do this here.
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    Very nice photos and interesting (and for me relevant) write-up.

    Did you also consider using the Zeiss Apo-Tessar 350/4 (for Contax 645) on the Leica S - Contax 645 adapter (introduced last year)? That combo would have preserved autofocus and automatic aperture control and the 350/4 is a superb lens in my recollection (used it for a short while on the C645 with a Sinar Evo 75 back). It is a very heavy lens though, does not travel well at all (almost 4 kg).
    I am going to Uganda in July, taking the 180 as my longest FL for the S2 and will crop if needed. Last time I went I had the 120 as my longest lens and ok, it was short, but I still got a lot of good shots by cropping and I avoided most of the stabilisation problems that you describe in your write-up. Or I just shot the animals that were closer and enjoyed watching the more distant ones through my binos. Alternatively, I tried to take "landscape shots with animals in them" which was often more satisfying, as I avoided the "encyclopaedia" detailed shots of individual animals, which became boring after a while. Coincidentally, I use exactly the same tripod that you have for the S2; so far have found it stable enough, but haven't tried the longer FLs on it. Taking it with me, we'll see if it can cope (I also use the more stable wooden Berlebach Report tripod but it is a full kg heavier, so likely to stay at home, as our trip will include a 5-6-day trek in the mountains).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petster View Post
    Here are some shots I have taken in Feb while beeing in Namibia. I wanted to find out if the S2 can go for wildlife. All shots were taken with a LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:2.8 280MM on the S2.
    Hi Peter,
    exceptional images. Sometimes I wonder if the big sized and expensive and slow (compared to smaller sensor systems) S system makes really sense for me ... and then I look at images and tell myself that there is quite a difference in the look and quality of images.
    Very realistic and 3d - great images you took and worth the effort IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    Very nice photos and interesting (and for me relevant) write-up.
    Thanks. I thought about the Zeiss in the first place but it is much harder to get and more expensive. As this was a test I wanted to keep an eye on the investment. But the main problem is still the same, to keep the combo sturdy, whether you have AF or not.

    I guess your approach makes sense, especially as you are afaik not allowed to take a monopod to the Gorillas, right?

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    Correct, not allowed to take a monopod to the gorillas; they might think it's a spear. The 120 actually worked quite well there; the 180 may have been even better in terms of magnification, but of course a bit more difficult to handhold in the dark forest. We are still deciding between doing a Ruwenzori trek + gorillas in July (I've seen the gorillas but my travel companions have not) or a Mt. Elgon trek + Kidepo Valley. The latter would be a steppe, similar to what you shot in Namibia. I guess one option is to take a smaller mirror less camera as a back-up plus a longer lens, to supplement the S2.

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    Choice is always a problem.

    Here are some shots with the 30mm.





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    Some black & whites that will look very black & very white after all those beautiful colors :-)

    Shot with 24mm Super-Elmar, just an A-ma-zing lens,















    By the way, I'm still surprised by how easily the S2 can handle high contrast scenes.
    No HDR in the photos here above and still deep blacks and highlights in the sky are in range.
    My Sony A7r is more in trouble in such conditions !
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    Petster: outstanding photos, truly outstanding! The colors are beyond belief.

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    AnGy,
    thanks for sharing the 24mm photo's. I'd love to see more samples! Perhaps with 100% crops from the corners. I think the 24 is such an interesting FL on the S.

    Pete,
    The second one from your last post is so HDR, it looks as if it's a CGI :-) I like it, I like it a lot!

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    Peterv,
    Here you can download a raw file of the 24mm @ f5,6.
    A boring shot but my usual wide angle test scene.

    The 24 Super-Elmar is amazing, better to my eyes than a Schneider Digitar 35mm on a Cambo with a Phase One P40+ back for instance (on sharpness & color homogeneity).

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    Went to the Vintage Flying Museum in FW this morning and brought back a few pictures....all ISO 800 on a monopod...very low light in the hanger.


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    Just love old planes....



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    A bit closer to home with these...



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    Leica S Typ 006 70 2.5 CS






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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Went to the Vintage Flying Museum in FW this morning and brought back a few pictures....all ISO 800 on a monopod...very low light in the hanger.


    Leica S Typ 006 70 2.5 CS


















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    Spectacular images Bob!

    My late father was a B-29 tail gunner in the Pacific theater toward the end of WWII. So, these images are quite meaningful to me.

    Being a gunner in a B-29 was a bit safer than previous bombers due to some automation and better accommodations for the gunner and it could also fly higher than others could.

    Probably the most well known B-29 Superfortress was the Enola Gay. The B-29 was said to be the "war ender" because it was the only US bomber capable of carrying the A Bomb.

    Due to movies and such, many people, (including me) think the Enola Gay flew that mission alone, but there were actually three B-29s one of them prophetically named "Necessary Evil."

    Another gruesome factoid of history is that Nagasaki wasn't the primary target of the second nuclear strike, Kokura was. The B-29 "Bockscar" made three passes at Kokura but it was far too obscured by smoke from fires from the bombing of Yawata by 221 B-29s the day before, so they diverted to the secondary target.

    Just history folks, nothing else meant or implied.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Spectacular images Bob!

    My late father was a B-29 tail gunner in the Pacific theater toward the end of WWII. So, these images are quite meaningful to me.


    - Marc
    Those guys came back with a much different view of life and the world than is prevalent today...our world would be much changed had they not sacrificed as they did.

    This plane is going on tour in May to the West Coast...

    Should you want the RAW files for these let me know.

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    Bob,
    These are great images, very well executed and of fantastic subjects. They are quite meaningful to me as well; my father was among the pilots who flew these planes and ultimately crashed in one. Thanks for sharing.

    Douglas Benson

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    If you have not read this book it is very enlightening...

    The Special Prisoner: Jim Lehrer: 9781586480424: Amazon.com: Books

    Debts that we owe and are still struggling to repay ... life sacrifice and honor are not words that resonate with most in this Post-Modern world.

    It was a good morning...and I was encouraged to see all the men who were maintaining the planes in their spare time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Those guys came back with a much different view of life and the world than is prevalent today...our world would be much changed had they not sacrificed as they did.

    This plane is going on tour in May to the West Coast...

    Should you want the RAW files for these let me know.

    Regards,

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    Yeah, he never talked much about it.

    As a kid, I recall rummaging through a big chest in the attic, and found a couple of Bomber caps; one tan and one black, which I assume were for daylight and nighttime. That is when I was told by my Uncle that Dad was a tail gunner in a B-29.

    Down in the bottom of the chest was a Purple Heart medal. He never said a thing.

    After the War he became a Detroit Firefighter, provided for six kids, and was a fireman until he retired due to on the job injuries.

    Some acts are hard to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Yeah, he never talked much about it.

    As a kid, I recall rummaging through a big chest in the attic, and found a couple of Bomber caps; one tan and one black, which I assume were for daylight and nighttime. That is when I was told by my Uncle that Dad was a tail gunner in a B-29.

    Down in the bottom of the chest was a Purple Heart medal. He never said a thing.

    After the War he became a Detroit Firefighter, provided for six kids, and was a fireman until he retired due to on the job injuries.

    Some acts are hard to follow.

    - Marc
    Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers makes the case for the ultimate success of an individual being dependent upon our families' culture sacrifice and history...their sacrifices underpin our subconscious worldview and our ability to adapt to the social/moral constructs and financial/work stresses that we must endure and overcome.

    Their acts and wisdom find fulfillment in our lives and that of our progeny and their environment. No better way to honor our family and culture than to incorporate the lessons they taught us into our own wisdom that can be passed on.

    Invariably the stresses in history have had a profound effect in forming character and refining our moral behavior...when our culture allows and supports this it prospers. Recent attempts to deny any cognitive relationship to the past in our culture will be very detrimental in the future.

    My father was on Saipan ... my step-father was on a Sub-tender in the Atlantic...Hawaii after Pearl Harbor...leapfrogged across the Pacific and ended up in Japan in the postwar occupation forces. Neither said much of anything about it...

    But the lessons we learned from them are the foundation of our drive industry and success.

    You are correct ... very hard acts to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Yeah, he never talked much about it.

    As a kid, I recall rummaging through a big chest in the attic, and found a couple of Bomber caps; one tan and one black, which I assume were for daylight and nighttime. That is when I was told by my Uncle that Dad was a tail gunner in a B-29.

    Down in the bottom of the chest was a Purple Heart medal. He never said a thing.

    After the War he became a Detroit Firefighter, provided for six kids, and was a fireman until he retired due to on the job injuries.

    Some acts are hard to follow.

    - Marc
    This is why they are referred to as "the greatest generation"

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    this is stunning!
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    Peterv,
    Here you can download a raw file of the 24mm @ f5,6.
    A boring shot but my usual wide angle test scene.

    The 24 Super-Elmar is amazing, better to my eyes than a Schneider Digitar 35mm on a Cambo with a Phase One P40+ back for instance (on sharpness & color homogeneity).

    https://www.transferbigfiles.com/749...pQyC0pDGqqevA2
    anGy,
    thank you so much for the speedy reply. I brought the file into LR and applied my usual S2 settings. The results look very familiair (I have the 70 and 120) just much, much wider.
    Corner to corner, sharpness is amazing. And this is @ 5,6 ... Contrast and color is very much what I've come to expect from the S lenses. At this aperture vignetting looks to be completely absent.
    The price is quite close to the 30-90, which makes it a tough decision, really.
    Thanks again, if you have the time, and feel like sharing some more, please do.

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    You're welcomed Peterv,
    I think this lens optics are exceptional. I've downgraded my system from an IQ180 with Cambo and Rodenstock 32mm. Very high level system but with annoying trade-off, even on the image quality side (color cast to be removed with sometimes color de-saturation issues, corner sharpness visibly lower than on center on large prints when shifting, etc).
    I've been very positively surprised by the S2 system. The 120mm is a gem, never saw such beautiful, pure, elegant image drawing before. And the outstanding corner resolution of the 24mm is another stunning surprise. Of course it's a lot easier to hold top resolution in the corner with a small, low resolution sensor than on a big high res IQ180. But this maybe shows how Leica was right in designing the S2.

    The 24mm is a 19mm equivalent and that's really wide. On the other side it's very useful for architecture (to reduce keystone effect I prefer to keep the lens almost leveled and crop the ground) and to create some dramatic view panoramas.

    It would be interesting to compare the 24 with the zoom lens although it's hard to imagine the zoom to hold its corner as well as the 24. And the new soon to be announced S will be more demanding for sure.
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    Some landscaping work I am doing at my farm - making a Pond and 'great lawn'

    Leica S Zeiss 40/4 CFE IF

    All the best
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    S45mm CS.. I've shot this image before but this is unusual as its rare to see the yellow lightbulbs on this bridge,apparently the last time they used them was four years ago..

    The bridge is called the "Skinny bridge" and is on the river Amstel in the Dam..

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    Rob, love the cool/warm contrast.

    I recently got the S45/2.8 CS and was stunned by the IQ of this lens. Since 35mm is my favorite focal length on a 35mm camera, this lens promises to become a "go to" favorite. Love it!

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    Usually don't share my portraiture ... but could not resist..



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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post


    Some landscaping work I am doing at my farm - making a Pond and 'great lawn'

    Leica S Zeiss 40/4 CFE IF

    All the best
    Pete
    Damn Pete,

    All the toys in OZ are big...and I live in the Republic of Texas.

    Love it.

    Here a pond and 5 head of cattle qualify for farm exemption of taxes...essentially a drop of a factor of 10 in property tax...many of my neighbors have cattle meeting the postman at the door.

    Want to see the finished project!

    And nice to see you back on the forum...been a while.

    Bob

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