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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Leica SL + Vario Elmarit 24-90
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    Leica SL + WATE @21mm

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    Leica SL + WATE @16mm
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)



    Cooke City, MT, a Northeast Gateway of Yellowstone NP
    Leica SL+Vario Elmar 24-90mm

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    Leica SL + Summicron-R 90mm f/2
    ISO 125 @ f/2 @ 1/80

    enjoy!
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)


    Leica SL + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH
    ISO 800 @ f/8 @ 1/50 @ 16mm

    enjoy!
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Seen on a walk around the neighborhood...


    Leica SL + Super-Elmar-R 15mm f/3.5
    ISO 400 @ f/8 @ 1/60

    enjoy!
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Processing a few images from my last road trip through Maritime Canada before I sold my SL. Amazing camera, already missing it.

    All images made with a 50 lux ASPH.









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    Re: Roots

    On a recent trip to Glacier Nat'l Park, I shot with both my SL and with a Fuji X Pro-2, generally using the lighter Fuji for long hikes. Both performed well.

    DSCF1957 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    Leica SL + Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH
    ISO 50 @ f/5 @ 1/160 @ 90mm

    Remember: Tomorrow, Friday, August 19, 2016, is World Photo Day 2016!

    enjoy!
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Bougainvillea at home, just after sunset. Using my "vintage" 35-70 vario-elmar-R, probably in its "macro" setting at 70mm:

    S1020352 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    ISO 6400, [email protected]/250

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    A Day's work

    S1020362 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    for three people.

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    Lines and dot

    ...because sometimes details make for good landscapes, too! With the Leica SL and the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6, on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.



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    Re: A Day's work

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    for three people.
    You must have been really desperate ...
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    Re: Another Day's work

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    You must have been really desperate ...
    No, but now Montana is a long way away. Here's another puzzle, only 500 pieces but much harder because there were no objects with unique colors. Took 2 people only half a day. A nice picture, which I wish I had seen and tried myself.

    S1020416 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Close-up with the APO-Macro-Elmarit 100-R (about 3:1, on the second turn of the focus scale).

    S1020435 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Probably f/5.6, ISO 50 1/320 sec.

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    Re: Lines and dot

    Quote Originally Posted by vieri View Post
    ...because sometimes details make for good landscapes, too! With the Leica SL and the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6, on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

    https://vieribottazzini.com/wp-conte...s/SL_00431.jpg

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    Just spent a bit of time looking at this photo again, Vieri. Have to say it's one of my favorites from the work you've posted. Really nice, beautiful lines and feel to it. Inspiring!

    Thanks for letting us see it here!

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    Re: Lines and dot

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Just spent a bit of time looking at this photo again, Vieri. Have to say it's one of my favorites from the work you've posted. Really nice, beautiful lines and feel to it. Inspiring!

    Thanks for letting us see it here!

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    Godfrey,

    thank you very much for your comment, very much appreciated I am glad you enjoyed it! I love Arran's coastal landscapes and the opportunities it provides, found them very inspiring and I am happy if this is reflected in this image. Thanks again!

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    Fossil Landscapes, III

    Fossil Landscapes from my beloved Isle of Arran, in Scotland. With the Leica SL and the Tri-Elmar 16-18-21mm.



    Enjoy! Best,

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    From my office window, dawn, Saturday morning:


    Leica SL + Elmar-R 180mm f/4
    ISO 6400 @ f/4 @ 1/400

    I'd been feeling pretty crummy for a few days, minor fever and achey joints all over, poor sleep. I woke Saturday morning about an hour before dawn and couldn't bring myself to go for a walk, basically just moped around at my desk. Then a flash of light caught my eye and I saw colors through the blinds. I quick grabbed the 180/4 and the SL, opened the blinds, opened the window ... dang, fly screens, no time to remove them. Wot the 'ell, cranked up the ISO to 6400, focused on the telephone poles, and made four exposures, slightly different each of them.

    The above is the result. Oh yes, it's a crop to about 1/4 of the full frame (3000 x 4000 or something like that in the original). Wish I'd had the time to pull out the 250 and the 2x doubler... Oh well.

    I think it's most impressive when you see the full resolution: full rez: September Sunrise

    The SL performs to my satisfaction.

    enjoy,
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    Re: Fast rail to the airport

    Well, sometime next year, they claim.

    S1020514 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    and underneath in the valley, a village rendered uninhabitable -- but still visited frequently -- during the Independence War over 60 years ago:

    S1020528 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Both with the SL and APO-Telyt-R 280/4.0

    scott

    PS: I made a 12-shot panorama of the whole valley with the 280. It's viewable at my university site:http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~kirk/testf...20Panorama.jpg. It's an interesting compilation of land uses -- from a cemetary, to several suburbs, both Israeli and Palestinian, a mosque or two, and of course the new bridge.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Another neighborhood walk.


    Leica SL + Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4
    ISO 400 @ f/4 @ 1/2500



    Leica SL + Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4
    ISO 400 @ f/3.5 @ 1/1600

    I think I'll print these as a diptych. :-)

    enjoy!
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    Re: Working with the 21-35 Vario-Elmarit-R Asph

    Faces in a restaurant:

    S1020575 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    And a simple synagogue, with a tree growing through its antechamber:

    S1020614 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Pictures from around 1950 show this little stone box sitting alone on a bare stony hill, but a neighborhood, initially populated by refugees, now somewhat gentrified, has grown around it:

    S1020622 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    A small tortoiseshell, one of a dozen or so feeding greedily.
    Kit zoom at 90mm, f/7.1 (cropped)

    Sláinte

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    90-280 at 280mm (cropped)

    Sláinte

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    S1020688 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    APO Vario-Elmar R 21-35, probably at 21

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    90-280 at 280, f/9 cropped. The plant is Sedum spectabile.



    with a small tortoiseshell

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Leica finally opened an east coast store in Boston. Yesterday was their grand opening. I went there this morning. I did get to play with Leica SL with a Noct mounted on it. Very nice combo. The SL is much better in real life than the photo. Ergonomics is really great especially when focusing a manual focus lens like the Noct. I am very impressed with how nice the EVF is. After playing with it, I now want one. Here are some shots with the Noct and SL

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    Re: Watching the Israeli Equivalent of Saturday Night Live

    It's a show called "Eretz Nehederet (lovely land)," and naturally it runs on Friday night, not Saturday, as it has now for 13 years:

    S1020722 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Vario Elmar 21-35 asph at 21 ISO 2000, 1/125, probably f/3.5 (from the vignetting)

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by VINCET View Post
    Leica finally opened an east coast store in Boston. Yesterday was their grand opening. I went there this morning. I did get to play with Leica SL with a Noct mounted on it. Very nice combo. The SL is much better in real life than the photo. Ergonomics is really great especially when focusing a manual focus lens like the Noct. I am very impressed with how nice the EVF is. After playing with it, I now want one. ...
    Nice photos!

    It's a much nicer camera in the hand than any reading of spec sheet or punditry can relay. And a better performer than any web-resolution photo can show.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Scott I think maybe you should consider downsizing your posted shots somewhat - they take forever to download...

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    Nice photos!

    It's a much nicer camera in the hand than any reading of spec sheet or punditry can relay. And a better performer than any web-resolution photo can show.

    G
    Godfrey

    You are absolute correct. This is one camera that I hated, never thought I would ever buy and yet, I am not thinking about getting. In fact, I am even considering selling my M 240 to replace it with the SL. The size is not too big. Might even be just right without the lens. The lens is big but not bigger than a Nikon or Canon lens. But I like the feel and most especially the EVF. I can really focus well even with lens like the Noctilux. I love to try it with my Noct Nikkor given the chance. I love the idea of the EVF in the M 240 when M was first introduced. The issue is the speed of the EVF in the M is just too slow. With the SL, amazingly quick and the image is very good. I knew it was a mistake to go to the store

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Amusing moment yesterday:

    My car was smashed last week by a careless driver, and it's to expensive to repair (16 years old and high mileage nets salvage... sigh). So I hunted up a replacement, pretty quickly, and bought it yesterday. After completing the deal and paperwork, I drove the car to my friends' house since we'd planned to have dinner.

    "You bought a Mercedes today? Just like that? I'm shocked!! ..."
    "Um, it wasn't 'just like that'. I did have my mechanic go through it rather exhaustively, got a very fair price, etc. And it's not all that expensive."
    "NOT 'all that expensive'?! Sheesh, it's $12,000! That's a lotta money!"
    "Hmm, well, I ordered my Leica SL and lens without even seeing one yet. It cost me a couple grand more than that, after taxes. And it's just a darn camera..."

    The sound of his jaw hitting the floor was most amusing. He's not a photographer...

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Nice photos!

    It's a much nicer camera in the hand than any reading of spec sheet or punditry can relay. And a better performer than any web-resolution photo can show.

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    , but this goes for the S, too.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    @Godfrey -- You really NEED a car, so we don't talk much about CAS, the car equivalent of GAS. And if you compare a week to visit a reliable car lot or two, read Craigslist or whatever, get a candidate to the mechanic, that's probably less time than you spent while deciding to preorder an SL and its 24-90 lens. Sounds normal to me.

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    PS and it is certainly less time than you waited for the SL to arrive.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL and APO Macro-Elmarit R 100

    S1020787 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    S1020808 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    The light was nice this morning around dawn. I pulled out the SL and its zoom, parked the new car in the church parking lot across the street, and snapped a few baby pictures... Here are four of the ten photos, nearly straight out of the camera.









    All: Leica SL + Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH OIS

    Gallery of ten images:
    Flickr: Mercedes-Benz SLK 280

    enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Wow, I am overcome with envy. How much did you say you paid for that lovely ride?
    LOL! Thank you! I think it's a beauty too. :-)

    As is, it was $12,300 out the door inclusive of taxes, fees, and licensing. It drives beautifully, and feels totally different compared to its 2000 SLK 230K predecessor.

    I have a list of things it needs that will cost me an additional $1500 or so (just normal maintenance stuff for a car of this age and mileage, plus a full service). Then I'll dump another bit of money into upgrading the stereo system for access to modern iDevices for music, audiobooks, telephone, and navigation. If there's any money left over, I'll upgrade the wheels to the 2006-optional 17" and fit fresh tires. The payout on the 2000 was a bit more generous than I expected so I've got a bit more cash leeway to play with.

    The little six makes beautiful music when it revs up... :-)

    To return to photography for a moment: I chose to use the SL and SL24-90 when I photographed it. Most of the photos were made with the lens between about 60 and 75mm focal length, between f/5.6 and f/8, at ISO 400-1200. I tweaked the EC downwards on a couple to prevent highlight blowout. The photos posted in the gallery are pretty much raw brought into Lightroom, cropped to 10:16 format, and the borders added; that's it. The camera and lens performed flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    LOL! Thank you! I think it's a beauty too. :-)

    As is, it was $12,300 out the door inclusive of taxes, fees, and licensing. It drives beautifully, and feels totally different compared to its 2000 SLK 230K predecessor.

    I have a list of things it needs that will cost me an additional $1500 or so (just normal maintenance stuff for a car of this age and mileage, plus a full service). Then I'll dump another bit of money into upgrading the stereo system for access to modern iDevices for music, audiobooks, telephone, and navigation. If there's any money left over, I'll upgrade the wheels to the 2006-optional 17" and fit fresh tires. The payout on the 2000 was a bit more generous than I expected so I've got a bit more cash leeway to play with.

    The little six makes beautiful music when it revs up... :-)

    To return to photography for a moment: I chose to use the SL and SL24-90 when I photographed it. Most of the photos were made with the lens between about 60 and 75mm focal length, between f/5.6 and f/8, at ISO 400-1200. I tweaked the EC downwards on a couple to prevent highlight blowout. The photos posted in the gallery are pretty much raw brought into Lightroom, cropped to 10:16 format, and the borders added; that's it. The camera and lens performed flawlessly.

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    Well, if it were mine, I'd do the service, get the big wheels and new tires, leave the top down and not worry about the stereo system, since it's a bit hard to hear that on an open windy road. Like Highway 1 all the way to Santa Barbara.

    BTW, I saw in one of your other posts that Keeble and Shuchat is closing. That's really sad. I've always stopped in when I have any free time in the west bay. What will happen to the collection of classic cameras that ran all the way around the top of the display cases?

    scott

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Well, if it were mine, I'd do the service, get the big wheels and new tires, leave the top down and not worry about the stereo system, since it's a bit hard to hear that on an open windy road. Like Highway 1 all the way to Santa Barbara.

    BTW, I saw in one of your other posts that Keeble and Shuchat is closing. That's really sad. I've always stopped in when I have any free time in the west bay. What will happen to the collection of classic cameras that ran all the way around the top of the display cases?

    scott
    Service done (three minor things to go, just not quite enough time on the first shop visit), 17" wheels and tires ordered (hopefully installed on Friday). I've been checking out the existing sound and navigation system: radio works fine, CD changer works fine, GPS works fine. It's surprisingly easy to hear music and audiobooks even with the top down, a testament to well-thought-out aerodynamics. Improved over the prior SLK series too. Exactly how to update the system to Bluetooth streaming remains a bit of a question; there are several possible options, haven't decided which is best yet. It works well enough while I figure out what I want to do.

    Took my first joy ride around the peninsula the other night. A lovely machine to drive, in every way. :-)

    Yes, KSP is closing. :-(

    The owners' classic camera collection could fill an entire museum; what's there is just a part of it. I said hello to Terry yesterday and thanked him for his years of service to the photographic community, then asked what would become of the collection. He just smiled and said he had plans.

    It's very sad to see the only remaining decent brick&mortar*camera shop in the area closing down. A casualty of the modern era in business..

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    Do Androids dream of these?*

    S1020959 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    SX 28-asph M, probably f/5.6

    S1020951 1 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Vario-Elmar [email protected] probably f/8

    *from the title of the novel by Philip K. Dick, that became Blade Runner

    I was just comparing lenses.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Hi Scott- could you please use a smaller size photo to link to from Flickr - your photos take forever to download and makes looking at this thread a real pain.

    Thanks Pete

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Hi Scott- could you please use a smaller size photo to link to from Flickr - your photos take forever to download and makes looking at this thread a real pain.

    Thanks Pete
    I render them at 50% (which means 3000 x 2000) and those are my only copies. When Flickr is behaving itself, I see them downloading into this site and into the LUF in about 1-4 sec each. I'm about to post some higher resolution studies to compare two lenses -- I'll put the big version in as a link only or maybe shrink it to 25%.

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    Comparing the Vario-Elmar 21-35 R with SX 28-M

    The Vario-Elmar-R Asph was only made from 2002 to 2009. It is smaller and less expensive than the new SL zooms (and reaches 21 mm focal length, which the SL set doesn't offer until late next year), and I've liked the results I am getting with it. So I set up some tough distant scenes to compare it with one of the best M lenses in its range, my Summilux 28-M. They both do extremely well, but the newer lens is a bit contrastier and pulls out a bit more of the near pixel-level detail. I think even the nicest of the R lenses are hitting their limits at 24 MPx. First the entire scene, rendered at 25% reduction:

    S1020964 1 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    taken on the [email protected]/5.6

    Then a 100% crop from the top of the frame, focused on the Hollywood-style sign, which translates into something like "Agriculture Roolz:"

    S1020964 copy by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    with the SX-28 M, and next the same section with the R lens:

    S1020962 copy by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    Vario-Elmar-R Asph @ f/8
    The R lens renders a little warmer, and in a web-scale rendering like 1800x1200 there is no detail lost. Both files seem robust.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Service done (three minor things to go, just not quite enough time on the first shop visit), 17" wheels and tires ordered (hopefully installed on Friday). I've been checking out the existing sound and navigation system: radio works fine, CD changer works fine, GPS works fine. It's surprisingly easy to hear music and audiobooks even with the top down, a testament to well-thought-out aerodynamics. Improved over the prior SLK series too. Exactly how to update the system to Bluetooth streaming remains a bit of a question; there are several possible options, haven't decided which is best yet. It works well enough while I figure out what I want to do.

    Took my first joy ride around the peninsula the other night. A lovely machine to drive, in every way. :-)
    Pardon my returning to current obsession for a moment:

    • All the mechanical niceties are now sorted.
    • New 17" wheels and tires to be fitted tomorrow.
    • A good bit of listening and experimenting with the existing audio system lead me to an inescapable conclusion: it works, but the sound quality actually does suck, big time. :-( This is an expensive conclusion, it has to at least 'not suck.'


    Aside from the sound system, the car is brilliant. Fixing the sound system will cost a few thousand dollars. I'd rather have that right now than another lens ... priorities.

    Sorry for the intrusion.
    My left leg is almost healed from the knee surgery, I'll be picking up my camera again shortly. :-)

    onwards,
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    Re: Fun with the Leica SL (digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    I render them at 50% (which means 3000 x 2000) and those are my only copies. When Flickr is behaving itself, I see them downloading into this site and into the LUF in about 1-4 sec each. I'm about to post some higher resolution studies to compare two lenses -- I'll put the big version in as a link only or maybe shrink it to 25%.

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    You can choose what size from FLickR mate.

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    Does the SL recapture the fun of the SWC?

    Godfrey occasionally posts shots taken in a way that reminds him of shooting with the Hasselblad SWC Superwide, the world's coolest "point n shoot" film camera, whose distortion-free symmetric 38mm Zeiss Biogon when applied to the 85mm diagonal of 6x6 cm film is like a 19 mm lens applied to the 43 mm diagonal of 35 mm film. Of course the SL, with its very precise viewfinder and capable focus and exposure tools, has moved a long way from the days of the SWC.

    A good subject for wide angle shots is this sunshade/rain collector/architect's folly that is spread above a new archeological institute in Jerusalem:

    S1020588 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    SL 21/35 Vario-Elmar-asph @ 21 mm

    And for fun I went back to look at it with an SWC, with the M9 of digital backs attached. The chip diagonal on my P45+ is 61.4 mm, so the field of view is comparable to a 26.6 mm in full frame.

    CF001080 2 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    SWC/P45+ ISO [email protected]/5.6 (the last CCD generation of Phase One's backs)

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