It seems the WATE Leica does work for some I have seen. 16-81-21 on that lens could be interesting to say the least.
Just a couple of frames wide open from this lens. I haven't taken any serious test shots with it but some casual frames imply that it won't be sharp to the sides until F5.6 or 8 and even then not at all 'surgically' so. But for softer work, or work where the edges don't matter but you want good sharpness at F1.4 it seems very nice. I have done no colour shading tests yet.
Boy, seeing what these M lenses do on the A7R really makes me realise what a feat the M240 sensor designers pulled off!
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I hope you're well!
Tim is very scrupulous - but the colour shift the 28 'cron shows across the frame is hardly a marginal problem - cornerfix would certainly help here . . but of course it won't help with any smearing.
If you're going to take snaps of skies, then I think you can expect that you're going to need to do some work with anything wider than 35mm in M mount though - but perhaps that's part of the fun?
all the best
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You could always send it to me Jono though I slightly felt when I had one that the 16-18-21 range would be better covered with an 18 and a pair of feet. But if it's the only one that works on the A7R then it will be very useful… at least until Sony delivers a high quality 18mm.
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It looks like 2 years. Still, if they do that I think it's pretty exciting. But if Sony Rumors think it's a fake . . . . . .
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Forgot to ask if the RAW image sizes of the a7r have been compressed? If so, what size are they in RAW? Thanks.
Too bad my A7R hasn't arrived yet.
I am certainly itching to try out my WATE!
More and more postings of WATE results ... are showing up on the web.
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That post did not show the 21 unless I missed it. Have you seen where all 3 FL settings work with the WATE? If so, then I will think that will be the Leica WA I would use most often.
Then I am anxious to see if the MATE works on all 3 FL which would give one from 16 to 50mm. Add a Leica 75 and someone is all set. I am starting to like this if the MATE now works as well as the WATE.
Let us know when you hear something about the MATE.
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@VIVEK: does the camera come with a hot shoe cap ?
Bas Schweitzer called me already Wednesday expecting the camera today, but apparently the whole lot got caught by customs or so Sony told him.
The shipment is now due for tomorrow (Friday), but not holding my breath.
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I've been notified that my A7r on order from WEX is ready but there is now way I am taking up the opportunity until the 55/1.8 I also placed on order is ready.
Maybe I'm missing something here but releasing a body without the lenses to go with it (I already have a RX1 so I am not going to purchase the 35/2.8) is a bit strange.
I'll probably miss my allocation this time and have to wait until the planets align and a A7r body and 55/1.8 lens are available at the same time.
Anyone know when the next blue moon is set to occur?
That lens does very well, Vivek! Wasn't it produced for half frame?
I did take out my Canon 50/0.95. It is delicious on the A7R. Practically useless for my shooting but reserved for the "bokeh" shots.
Thanks for the excellent photos with the 60 mm pen F lens.
Will you be testing the 40 1.2 and 1.4, 100 mm, and 150?
This will become my carry around set. (including 60mm)
And then there are the R's starting at fish eye????
Almost all Leica lenses need to be stopped down to at least f5.6, on both the M9 and M240, if critical sharpness is required across the frame.
Here's a couple of quick test shots with the M9 / 28 Summicron combo shot at both f2.0 and f5.6.
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The 60/1.5 is very rare. I was trying sell it off last year (it is boxed and "mint") for a small price to fund the Leica MM. Luckily, for me, no one bought it! [It is a pity that I have to sell 3 of my prized Zeiss lenses though.. ]
The 42/1.2 falls short (painfully close). The 40/1.4 is no go.
The 38/2.8 (two lenses and both of them) , 70/2, 100/3.5, etc are fine. The 38/3.5 Macro, unfortunately, because of its recessed nature vignettes badly. I might put my sample to the knife to try to make use of it.
I only have 50/2 and a 28/2.8 R lenses. Wait for Lou (algrove) to get hold of an A7R. He has everything R if I am correct.
Okay, I had the A7R in hand for a few minutes thanks to GetDPI member Marke Gilbert.
I'm mostly a people shooter, so I made him the victim of my quick fumbling attempts with one objective in mind ... how well/quick could I focus the Leica M 0.95, M75AA, and M90/2.8 shot wide open ... especially in low light ... the 50 Nocti being my most used M lens followed by the 75AA.
Importantly, how well when shooting wide open and close to an off-center subject (like Marke's "crazy person" Exacto knife to the eye shot on his cell phone). That sort of image has always been a bit tricky with a Nocti and Rangefinder camera.
Focus Peaking worked exceedingly well for my first attempts ... once I practice with the camera a bit more it should do quite nicely as a travel companion to the M Monochrome ... which I prefer for Rangefinder photography.
The A7R B&W shot was the 0.95 wide open in a dark room @ ISO 1,600 1/25th shutter ... (I corrected the ISO to 1,600) after double checking the exif info) ... and the EVF "gain" helps a lot in such dim shooting conditions.
Not certain about my post work quite yet ... that'll take a little time with files from different conditions and situations ... but I need the camera for that. Soon hopefully.
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They look pretty darn good to me. Thanks.
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Here is a test snap from the Canon 50/0.95. Apologies for not showing the typical airy discs which so common for such fast lenses.
A few things to note: An improper (72mm) hood was used which results the extreme corners, also no geometric corrections or crops made.
Test by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr
Sony A7R, Canon 50/0.95, f/0.95, ISO1600, 1/400s
As you constantly remind me I have too many R lenses, but at least I do not have all of them. On the wide end I will try the 15/2.8 and 19/2.8. Assume the 60 macro (are you listening Jono?) and 100 macro will be fine. Also curious how the 28-90 will work out. I don't have the 80/1.4 which I suppose will be great. (Just joking Vivek) Enough for now.
If you happen to have one of these, consider yourself very lucky. To all others, my apologies.
Sony A7R, Fujinon 50/1.2, f/1.2
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I've gotten used to an EVF Bob. I've been using the Sony SLT-A99 to shoot weddings. This EVF seems a wee touch better than the A99's, but I didn't do a direct comparison.
The real advantage is the view finder gain in really low light. Gets a bit grainy but the subject is clear for composition and timing.