So much to talk about!Thanks for the gallery, Jono. Even at webscale that's a lot to absorb. I was struck by the fine performance that the 35-70 f/4 turned in. It held up well alongside the 28 and 38 Lux/FLE images. Looking at the specs on that lens that Puts reprints, it seems that it is very good at all focal lengths at f/4 and awesomely sharp at f/5.6. So did you shoot it stopped down a bit, and if so, how hard is it to focus? (Incidentally, how does the "macro" setting work on that one?) Same question with regard to the M-primes that you were using. E-Bay listed 4-5 shiny, little-used ROM 35-70/4s when I looked a few hours ago. I'll be curious to see how many are left in a few weeks.
It would be nice to see more pictures taken with the Macro-Elmarit-R 60. I have a real beater (1.5-cam, doesn't focus out to infinity), but it takes lovely garden pictures on an M.
Availability of lenses like the ROM 35-70 and the highly regarded 90, 180, 280 R telephotos makes it really desirable that the R-L adapter, when it finally comes out, includes the cam and actuator to stop down the lens as you shoot. I'm not sure how metering works in this case, but they must have figured that out in the R6-9 series. The only question is why Leica would see a benefit to them (besides making customers happy) since they won't sell more R lenses. Perhaps we should help them understand that there is a springboard effect: the SL will become the center of a cult, attracting great respect and a mystical reputation. Das Wesentliche, right?
Well the 35-70 f4 is great - the 'macro' mode is a push button beyond 70mm, and works really well. . . . the centre is excellently sharp, the corners a little less so, but it's a fine performer.
The R-L adapter isn't due (apparently) until this time next year, and it's functionality is very much under wraps. However, you can stack a T to M and an M to R adapter very well (it brings up a list of R lenses in the lens profiles). M lenses are automatically recognised on the T to M adapter.
Manual focusing on the SL EVF is really easy - without any of the focus aids, and personally I prefer to focus it stopped down (although I certainly agree that it wold be great if they produced an AASD adapter - auto aperture stop down) . . . but personally I feel it's more important psychologically than in actual fact. If you have a dSLR, then clearly you have to focus at open aperture or it's too dark . . which isn't the case with an EVF, and especially with this EVF!