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    Ashwin, I am just loving what the MM does with skin tones, especially with the 105/2.5 Nikkor. It isn't an accident that lens was a cult lens both on the Nikon F and on rangefinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Can I issue an appeal to those folks who have the MM for sometime now but have not shown any pics to post a few?

    I still do not have one, yet...
    Per your request:


    Leica Monochrom



    Looking at You







    Antlers







    Leica Monochrom Visoflex III


    Antlers II







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    Autumn Holiday Theme


    Leica Monochrom



    Duck Decoys on Glass







    Autumn Setting 1







    Christmas Kitten







    Leica Monochrom and Visoflex III



    Christmas Cookies





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    A Few Random Pictures


    Leica Monochrom



    A Good Read







    My Own Space







    Out the Back Door







    Old Oak Distant Bridge






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    All: Great work!

    Bob: Great photos! How do you like that headphone amp? I'm looking for one.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Per your request:





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    Thanks, Bob.

    I consider you one of the regulars here. There a few who have had their MM and have not posted a single picture.

    Hi Matt, Have you got yours back? Is it fixed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    All: Great work!

    Bob: Great photos! How do you like that headphone amp? I'm looking for one.

    Cheers,
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    Matt,

    The upper end at Headroom is superb - dead quiet with wonderful transients and dynamic range ... I use one of their DACs with optical in from a Airport to wirelessly stream music to my main system.

    The desktop is fed balanced in from my Apogee Duet.

    I have and can also recommend the balanced portable amp from Ray Samuels Audio (SR-71B). It is about the size of a deck of cards...use an old iPhone with RSA's dedicated LOD for travel and the gym.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Thanks, Bob.

    I consider you one of the regulars here. There a few who have had their MM and have not posted a single picture.

    Hi Matt, Have you got yours back? Is it fixed?
    Vivek,

    I agree. I love to look at the divergent ways the files get interpreted...wonderful latitude.

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    Where to start. After a fair amount of effort I've sorted out a 1933 Carl Zeiss Jena "black nickel" 5cm f2.0 Sonnar. It took some sorting because because it's a Contax RF lens and the focusing helicoid for Contax/Zeiss 50mm lens is part of the body of the camera. There was a Contax to Leica screw mount adapter that was made in the 1950s by Orion - I actually found one of those on ebay (it turns out the Metabones makes this adapter currently). The focus cam couples fine but focus goes the opposite direction from Leica so the focus spot moves the wrong direction. It takes two hands to change the f-stop and there is no provision for threaded filter.

    Why bother?

    Well this thing is just amazing. At f4.0 it is remarkably sharp corner to corner (really) but has much lower overall contrast than modern lenses. This means that images look finely drawn but flat. Flat is ok on the MM because the the files tolerate a huge amount of abuse so you can paint on dynamic range with local adjustments in post. The rendering is just lovely. Well worth the effort. It makes mundane subjects sing. Contax/Zeiss was clearly ahead of Leica in the mid-1930s.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    More

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    More 1933 Sonnar.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    More of the same

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    More. Three frames stitched

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    Finally - also three frames stitched.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Up in Jenner, California. 50mm rigid summicron with yellow filter. All processing done with iPad apps including PhotoForge 2 and or SnapSpeed.

    The town has a population of about 100. Here, looking towards the mouth of the Russian River and the Pacific.

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    As Woody says, "same." In Tom barnheisel's cow pasture above town, looking east up the river valley.

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    Same gear. The town is minimal. Unincorporated, with post office, bed and breakfast, gas station, cafe, souvenir shop, park service visitor center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erudolph View Post
    Same gear. The town is minimal. Unincorporated, with post office, bed and breakfast, gas station, cafe, souvenir shop, park service visitor center.

    Sign me up!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Two more, same gear, that seem to go together.





    The banding on telephone pole shot is an artifact of some ham-handed ipad app processing. As is the general look of this series. :-)
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    Gas station/convenience store tucked between the river and hill

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    The black and whites POP when you nail the exposure in 'good light'. This is one heck of a light capturing device - if you are into B&W Street - you are lucky - because the contrast between Darks and Lights enhances appreciation of tonality.

    I am getting a kick out of just snapping away at interesting plays of luminance using this camera - I love printing Street shots glossy - no Matte for this fella when it comes to B&W..

    Yeah I am hooked - so glad I bought one - I have my neutral density filters and Noctilux on order!
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    Stitched from Litchfield with the 1933 5cm Sonnar.

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    Ditto.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    Stitched from Litchfield with the 1933 5cm Sonnar.

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    Talk about old lens glow! This one, and the shot you posted with the white lettering on the sign almost radiate!

    Great stuff
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    The glow is marred by spots and stripes (banding). Woody, Sorry if this is sounding repetitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Can I issue an appeal to those folks who have the MM for sometime now but have not shown any pics to post a few?

    I still do not have one, yet...
    Vivek, I received my MM back in December, but didn't have a chance to travel with it until earlier this month, when I went to Las Vegas for the CES tradeshow.

    I brought three lenses: an 18mm Super-Elmar, a 24mm Summilux, and a 35mm Summilux.

    Decided to shoot only with the 18mm while I was there. I wanted to get a good sense of how well it works with the MM.

    I was especially impressed with dynamic range on this shot from the Audi booth.

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    Another one from the show floor. The 18mm made this shot much more interesting (for me anyway) by bringing in the ceiling.

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    One more from the show floor. This was the DTS booth.

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    I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to enhance overcast skies, as I'm used to doing with an M9. There seems to be plenty of latitude to goose up an image, if needed.

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    I was also concerned about how I would be able to process MM images for contrasty shadows, as I occasionally would hollow out the middle grays. Seems that won't be an issue either. I was able to boost the extremes without sacrificing the mid-tones.

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    These two put it all together for me. They benefit from the broader dynamic range and higher base ISO. Both were shot at 320 ISO.




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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    I was also concerned about how I would be able to process MM images for contrasty shadows, as I occasionally would hollow out the middle grays. Seems that won't be an issue either. I was able to boost the extremes without sacrificing the mid-tones.
    You demonstrate that well with your pictures!

    Awesome, David!

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    I was also concerned about how I would be able to process MM images for contrasty shadows, as I occasionally would hollow out the middle grays. Seems that won't be an issue either. I was able to boost the extremes without sacrificing the mid-tones.
    After reading Sean Reid's review I upgraded my monitor in order to discern those middle grays....

    Nice picture and good demonstration of the range.

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    Obviously this is my favorite thread, thanks for sharing your pics!

    Here are some taken yesterday...







    with Hoya R72 filter:
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    A couple more from the kitchen at tonight's restaurant...



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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    The force is strong in this one ...
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    That is quite different and the "grain" from the MM files are just wonderful.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
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    Talk about old lens glow! This one, and the shot you posted with the white lettering on the sign almost radiate!

    Great stuff
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    Great to have two Woodys active here. I've shot this Church many times with varieties of equipment. Not surprisingly the "glow" tends to obscure the highlight details making the image more graphic. At least part of the glow comes from the slight haze on this lens - so there's more glow than the designers would have anticipated. If I could find a perfect copy of this lens I would buy it in a flash (especially now that I've invested in the Orion adapter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Campbell View Post
    Great to have two Woodys active here. I've shot this Church many times with varieties of equipment. Not surprisingly the "glow" tends to obscure the highlight details making the image more graphic. At least part of the glow comes from the slight haze on this lens - so there's more glow than the designers would have anticipated. If I could find a perfect copy of this lens I would buy it in a flash (especially now that I've invested in the Orion adapter).
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    I'll be much more active when I get my new MM. Scheduled for any day now!

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    Wonderful night time street shots Ashwin !
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    This thread is the devil... Great shots all!!!
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    Dave this last set is unbelievably good...love the mesmerized child in the last picture.

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    Dave, Your posts are turning out to be an epic in making! All the power to you!
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    Dave: Absolutely stunning series of pictures you are sharing here almost day by day, truly admirable.
    Particularly like the last one here, wonderfully captured atmosphere and tension. As in general your pictures of (playing) children are characterized by exceptional empathy.
    Best regards - Hermann
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    Echoing what everyone else has said, great work, Dave. You have mastered the MM and you have defined your look very well. That last shot rocks!!!
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    BIZ Bank in Basel - uncoated Summitar 50

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    an other one with the Summitar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Echoing what everyone else has said, great work, Dave. You have mastered the MM and you have defined your look very well. That last shot rocks!!!
    +1! Dave, all the accolades you've received are richly deserved and I'd certainly like to add my own. It's a combination of your photography skills and photographic eye combined with your mastering of B&W imagery with the Lecia MM thats so effective. It's a synergy thats truly enhances the imact of your images. Nicely done!

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