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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Here is one for bokeh
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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    When I first read the reviews of the 45mm, I thought "underwhelming at that price". After seeing some samples wide open, I began to reconsider, based on my photographic interests and working habits. Eventually, I ponied up the cash and purchased one.
    I was an early adopter who went ahead and purchased the lens because of the potential versatility. It was in transit from Japan when Andy published his review on the other photo forum. I thought "Oh s**t!!!.....Why can't I embrace the TRAILING edge of technology?"

    I have had the lens for several months now and find it almost never comes off the camera. It just fits my personal POV and shooting style. It is my walkaround lens.

    Without it, I would miss shots like these at the Farmers Market.



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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Here is a copy of a slide (diapositive) Velvia, taken with the Leica R8, 35-70 when I worked in Rabat, Morocco, duplicated with the Panasonic Leica 45 f2.8 with the camera mounted on a enlarger stand , the slide on a color calibrated (5000 K) light table.
    The copy looks as good as the slide, the slide isn't that good to start with.

    The Panasonic Leica is a very good and versatile lens and well worth the money.

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    John,

    Your points are probably the same ones I have made in favor. Like you, because of the cost and the fact I have several MF lenses in similar range--and faster--I've hesitated. I expect, though, that I will buy one when they become available more generally.

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    lol ... I knew it would be a great lens, I only read reviews for entertainment purposes. ;-)

    My only issues are availability and the money to buy it...

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    I've been using the Olympus 50mm macro, and of course it's very good, but as in general in my experience with the 4/3 lenses on m4/3, it is clunky to use. The 90-100mm focal length is a perfect complement to the Panasonic 20mm lens I use most of the time, and shoot a lot of macro. So I'll probably get the Panasonic 45mm. Just wish it was less expensive (naturally). Taking the EP2, 20mm and 45mm around sounds like the perfect little kit.

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Yeah, the 20 and 45 make a good pair. Just like the Leica CL, launched in 1973 with 40 and 90mm lenses. How I lusted after that camera at the time. But, young and perpetually broke it was just a dream.
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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    How I lusted after that camera at the time. But, young and perpetually broke it was just a dream.
    And now I am just older......

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    I recall reading on dpreview that it's possible to "trick" this lens to take shots at a wider aperture than f2.8 (like f2.0 or so). I think it was possible because the mechanism opens the aperture wider than f2.8 to focus, so by unscrewing the lens slightly after focusing it keeps the lens from stopping down to capture. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Here are two shots of my dogs taken with this lens.

    45mm macro @ f/4 iso200

    Harris (Labrador retriever)




    45mm macro @ f3.5 iso100

    Jess (working Cocker spaniel)



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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    [QUOTE=tripper;168464]Here are two shots of my dogs taken with this lens./QUOTE]

    Beautiful animals and fine portraits.

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    Another shot of Jess & Harris with the 45mm macro. This taken with the GF1 and the FL360 flash (a strange combo ?)

    GF1 + FL360 flash f/3.5 1/30s iso100




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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Tripper, I just love your dog photos--and those 2 are dogs I could love LOL.

    I have the 45 coming next week from Monza. It was a surprise that he got them in the last day of the year--but I'm looking forward to using it.

    I want to get a flash--but likely will use it (I don't use a flash often--and have a great setup for my 5D--but--there are those times) on the G1 (well, I will look for an offcamera method). Are you saying the GF1 and it are a strange combo because its 'biggish' on the GF1??

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    Thanks Diane,

    My lovely dogs are long suffering, they know what to expect when they see the camera but also know 'treats' are not far away.

    " Are you saying the GF1 and it are a strange combo because its 'biggish' on the GF1??"

    Yes, that is what I mean, check back tomorrow and I will post a picture of the GF1 & FL360.

    Happy New Year to you

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    Ya...I'm happy with the 45 2.8 so far...












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    Love those first two macros, Teski!

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    Iso 800 f2.8
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    My Black Lab 'Harris' had his nose in the snow..... brrr

    G1 + 45mm Leica f/5 1/320s iso200



    G1 + 45mm f2.8 Leica f/5 1/125s iso200



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    Milkweed pods in winter:





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    Burned Cigar

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    Love the cigar, but I wish the entire burnt end was in focus.

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Couple of shots from a walk around the local park with the GF1+PL45 2.8.




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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Couple of shots from a walk around the local park with the GF1+PL45 2.8.
    THAT'S why I love this lens.......nice shots.

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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    Scho,

    The green window photo is excellent.

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    Love the window shot!
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    Re: Leica Macro-Elmarit 45 mm F2.8 Macro: field trial

    I like both of these shots and held off commenting for a bit because I wanted to think about it. I think these two shots could be the beginning of a series or project with this lens to do frame filling objects.

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    Thank you Rich, Seyhun, John and Terry for your comments. Terry, the full frame series sounds like a good idea.

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    I was taking a stroll and had my GF1 and 45mm Macro. handheld.
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    Great little lens - very sharp and I like the draw very much

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    .... and it makes a good landscape lens

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    Some from y'day (click on pics for access to larger sizes and EXIF info):








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    Spring Crocus with the E-P2+45mm PL f/2.8 macro. Nice flower lens.



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    More flowers taken with my 45mm Leica macro.

    G1 F/11 0.25s iso100



    G1 f/3.2 1/400s iso100



    GF1 f/11 1/13s iso100



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