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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Throw in a dash of Dierk, Steve, a hint of Matt, John Black, and Thrice, a spritz of Kurt and Lloyd, a Dash of DavidE and Jeff, a smidgen of Jaap, Knorp, Roan, Osman, Unclearconcept, and a good dollop of everyone else, and I would need no other inspiration!

    You guys all rock.

    P.S. If I am missing any of you, it's my oversight. Just recalling all of the amazing posters here recently...just amazing
    I seriously started lurking here in the weeks (really months) leading up to the arrival of my camera, you have all inspired me to look for the images around me without having to go far from home. (even though strange new locations are always a great inspiration too!)

    I am so excited to just begin my participation in such a great community of folks!

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    another from my walk between work and home, 90/2.0

    nice flat light on the verge of raining tonight - makes it hard to focus though still getting used to the RF way of things, but i love it
    Unclearconcept: Nice detail. The focus is pretty precise with that 90 Summicron. Cheers, Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Campbell View Post
    Today's post. Grand Central Terminal. One for my icons project. I'll be exploring this further on rainy days over the next few months. M9 + 24mm lux at f1.4.

    Woody....Off The Charts! Love This!
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    A couple to share from my archives:







    All Stupendous My Friend!!!
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    another from my walk between work and home, 90/2.0

    nice flat light on the verge of raining tonight - makes it hard to focus though still getting used to the RF way of things, but i love it
    Whew...S W E E T!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    And a few more from the Cascades. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Matt


    2. M9; 24mm f/1.4; 1/90s @ f/2; ISO 160



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    There are too many fantastic shots here, I'd spend too long if I congratulated everyone individually, outstanding work everyone. Roan, you're right about the 35 summilux, I'd love to see how they manage to 'improve' upon that lens with a new design, the focus shift has never been a problem for me.

    I received the tiny 50mm ZM C-Sonnar today, from Tony Rose @ Popflash.com, what a great guy to deal with. I'm almost embarrassed to post a leaf picture but it's just what I was able to find to shoot whilst walking the dog. I'll give the lens a workout this friday. I also got the 35mm ZM C-Biogon which I have yet to mount on the camera. The Sonnar is SO SMALL!

    Wide open, my lens is optimised for f/1.5


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    Re: The All New More and More Fun With Digital M Images

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    More artistic goodness, and this one, is to me the "goodest" of them.
    Yess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Unclearconcept: Nice detail. The focus is pretty precise with that 90 Summicron. Cheers, Matt.
    Yes indeed. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    There are too many fantastic shots here, I'd spend too long if I congratulated everyone individually, outstanding work everyone. Roan, you're right about the 35 summilux, I'd love to see how they manage to 'improve' upon that lens with a new design, the focus shift has never been a problem for me.

    I received the tiny 50mm ZM C-Sonnar today, from Tony Rose @ Popflash.com, what a great guy to deal with. I'm almost embarrassed to post a leaf picture but it's just what I was able to find to shoot whilst walking the dog. I'll give the lens a workout this friday. I also got the 35mm ZM C-Biogon which I have yet to mount on the camera. The Sonnar is SO SMALL!

    Wide open, my lens is optimised for f/1.5
    Nice. That lens certainly produces impressive bokeh. Looking forward to more.

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    First Matt rocks the house with some gorgeous 24lux shots and then Woody adds to the mix. Sigh, somewhere down the road adding a 21lux or 24lux would be fantastic ... but how could one be expected to choose?

    Jeff, love the non-conformity of the yellow poppy.

    Ashwin, you have such a sensitive eye for all that surrounds you ... especially with regard to different places and cultures. Lovely shots.

    Unclear, keep shooting with the 90mm and show us the results.

    Daniel, I want to see more of your excellent Aussie landscapes.

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    Re: The All New More and More Fun With Digital M Images

    These shots could probably be named Saturday Night, Anytown, USA.




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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    These shots could probably be named Saturday Night, Anytown, USA.
    Yes. Sort of Mel's Diner, 2010, eh?

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    Lonely, sad, alluring and familiar all at the same time ...

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    Kurt,

    First thank you for your kind words. Equally importantly, thank you for your inspired shot. They definitely have that Hopper-eque charm, a bit sad and lonely, a bit nostaglic, and filled with melancholic wonder....I can tell that the 0.95 is really a muse for you. It's amazing what you have produced image-wise in the short time that you have had it...
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    Kurt, im just shaking my head with amazement! Im seeing a "Twilight Zone" episode here...

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    Another one from the other day with 75 APO @ F2. The bokeh from the lens can be very smooth. In this case the background was pretty far away, so the lens really blurred the background. Many reviews / comments say the 75 APO is redundant if you already have the 50 Lux ASPH. In my years with the 50 Lux ASPH, I ain't never seen bokeh like this from it! LOL


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    Stay away for a couple days and come back to more great images. Beautiful color and black & white images.

    Here's a couple images from the Casa Grande Ruins not too far from home. I decided to go for a slightly different effect while processing these.











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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    A couple to share from my archives:


    Cool stuff. I've yet to figure out how to do this "on-demand" without just totally cooking part of the frame. Was this a scan from film? I noticed some specks which made me think it might be a scan.

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    Hi John,
    No, those specs, which I missed, are dirt on the M8 sensor....I have yet to figure how to reproduce the same look. Got lucky on this one, as I was able to expose the woman properly (well, amybe slightly underexposure), while the rest of the image was cooked uniquely....There must be a way in Photoshop, but I'd rather have fun straight out of the camera.
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    J.B. that bokeh is Creamy & Incredible! Beautiful Image Too!

    Don, Nice Set! Really like the first & last one!

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    Had it metered "correctly", then the bright spot would be blown out, most likely in a harsh manner. It's a very delicate nuance between having a hot area gently blown (or partially blown) as in your picture, vs totally blown out and have a harsh, digital look. I've had some "accidental" shots where it worked out okay, but when I intend to do it on purpose, it becomes a chimp-fest! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    J.B. that bokeh is Creamy & Incredible! Beautiful Image Too!

    Don, Nice Set! Really like the first & last one!
    Thanks. When I first got the 75 APO, the quick test shots around the house did not go well - "nailing" focus was very difficult. Focus was accurate, but if the plane of focus was not placed perfectly, then the shot looked obviously OOF'd. So this past weekend was more or less a validation to make sure I wanted to sell the lens. I purposely shot F2 just to see if I could hit focus. To my surprise, out of ~15 shots with the 75 APO, probably 11 or 12 were in focus. The rendering was great too. Needless to say, no immediate plans to sell the 75 APO

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    m8, elmarit M 28

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    M9 Summarit 90



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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    M9 Summarit 90

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    very nice clarity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    J.B. that bokeh is Creamy & Incredible! Beautiful Image Too!

    Don, Nice Set! Really like the first & last one!
    +1 +1 I agree, on both counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endre novak View Post
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    This is brilliant, Endre. Beautiful composition. Just a great image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
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    Just pops off the screen, Don. Gorgeous to behold.

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    These shots could probably be named Saturday Night, Anytown, USA.




    fantastic mood, as already mentioned.
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    here is a fun one

    90/2.0 @ 2.8 and 1/4000
    Last edited by unclearconcept; 30th March 2010 at 17:55.

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    here is a fun one

    90/2.0 @ 2.8 and 1/4000
    MMMM, made excellent image you have!

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    Much bokeh I sense in you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Much bokeh I sense in you.
    Yes, strong the bokeh in this one it is! Use the bokeh you must!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Yes, strong the bokeh in this one it is! Use the bokeh you must!

    hahah...Loving this, I am! Fun, having am I......

    Post a picture, I must....Silly, we are...the force is strong in us....




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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to SLRs....
    Resist laughter, I cannot.

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    Yikes, I spend a day at work and away from this thread, and it gets away from me.

    Ashwin, I love shot of the woman with the blown highlight/flare. Great!
    Kurt: Definitely Anytown, USA, but also has a distinct midwest feel to me.
    John: I love my 75AA. It's tricky to nail focus, especially at MFD, but its got bokeh like no other lens, and a really crisp rendering. It's also a good "near macro" and has the highest native reproduction ratio of any Leica lens.
    Don: I like those B&W's of the ruins. Well done.
    Endre: The shoe shot is well-seen and well-imaged. Great geometry.
    Ashwin: great shot of the photographer. What lens was that?

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    Steve: Thanks.
    Thrice: Nice "Leaf" photo. The rendering of the bokeh is very interesting (oops, that's what Lloyd said). Well captured.
    Kurt: Thanks. The McDonald's shots do evoke a late night, lonely, sort of depressing mood. No people and one of those odd little boxes on wheels. Well done.
    John: Beautiful portrait. That lens is one of my favorites. Glad you got the measure of it.
    Don: The warm tone to the B&W's of the Casa Grande really convey a strong impression of the original color without diminishing the monochromatic impact of the photos. Very archeological.
    Endre: Great "shoe" photo. The isolation of the display and the angled perspective are very cool! Shoes lost in space!
    Don: Love the cactus! The color's not too intense; slightly faded greens, hint of magenta; yellow; all work very well in this fine photo
    unclearconcept: Only in california would you be able to walk by a statue of Yoda! Nice composition and focus.
    Ashwin: Great night photo. Processing for that 3:00 AM after the bars close look! "...hate leads to SLRs..."? did you get hit by that hail the other day? You notice that the last posts are usually yourself, Jeff and myself as the day moves into the Pacific.

    Stellar photos all. Cheers, Matt

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    The sun showed up today just as i was leaving my office. New old lens. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Matt.

    1. M9; 90mm Elmarit F/2.8; 1/125s @ f/11; ISO 160


    2. M9; 90mm Elmarit F/2.8; 1/250s @ f/8; ISO 160


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    Thanks for the previous comments, Ashwin, Steve, Endre, Jeff and Matt.

    John, gorgeous subject and background bokeh. It looks like you are getting on real well with the M9.

    Don, I like the black and white treatment you've shown. Ready to abandon that Phase back yet?

    Endre, you have such a unique view of the world. You keep us all waiting to see what you'll show us next.

    Ashwin, your last image is the essence of what being a photographer is all about ... a world in front of you twinkling with infinite possibility (and great bokeh).

    Nice shots Matt. I did hear a rumor once that Leica lenses do go past f2? It's like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and the car salesman never stop for gas as they live on the exhilarating edge seeing how far below E they can drive the car before it will run out of gas.

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    Like a character from one of my daughter's Stephanie Meyer's books, I'm becoming addicted to night shooting.


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    Two days away, and there are already many, more great photos from Endre, Dierk, Jaap, Ashwin, Matt, TRSmith, Jeff, John, Roan, Woody, Kurt, Steve, unclearconcept, thrice, and Don.

    Incredible photos, and they represent such diverse styles.

    Here are some of my favorites over the past two days:
















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    More 18mm shots from my recent trip to Vegas.















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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    More 18mm shots from my recent trip to Vegas.
    Great stuff David. I'm telling you, Leica should give you a commission... I have a feeling they'll see a few 18mm lenses sold because of the great images you've posted.

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    Great stuff David. I'm telling you, Leica should give you a commission... I have a feeling they'll see a few 18mm lenses sold because of the great images you've posted.
    Thanks, Lloyd. Of course, I'm not posting any of my awful photos with the 18mm (mostly due to me still learning how to use it on an M9). Being highly selective makes it look like a winner every time.












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    Thanks, Lloyd. Of course, I'm not posting any of my awful photos with the 18mm (mostly due to me still learning how to use it on an M9). Being highly selective makes it look like a winner every time.






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    excellent set my fav this time.
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    Like a character from one of my daughter's Stephanie Meyer's books, I'm becoming addicted to night shooting.

    a realy favourite. beautiful mysterious softness here.
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    M8, Elmarit M 28

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Thanks, Lloyd. Of course, I'm not posting any of my awful photos with the 18mm (mostly due to me still learning how to use it on an M9). Being highly selective makes it look like a winner every time.
    More good ones, David. I especially like that first shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    Thanks for the previous comments, Ashwin, Steve, Endre, Jeff and Matt.

    Nice shots Matt. I did hear a rumor once that Leica lenses do go past f2? It's like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and the car salesman never stop for gas as they live on the exhilarating edge seeing how far below E they can drive the car before it will run out of gas.

    Kurt
    Kurt: Thanks. I just discovered the other day that the aperture ring turns!

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    Like a character from one of my daughter's Stephanie Meyer's books, I'm becoming addicted to night shooting.

    Kurt: Nice. Be careful out there.

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    Great stuff David. I'm telling you, Leica should give you a commission... I have a feeling they'll see a few 18mm lenses sold because of the great images you've posted.
    David: +1. Great images. That lens has been available at my camera store. What's put me off was the f/3.8. Clearly doesn't affect your excellent photos. You probably already said; but, do you use a viewfinder?

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    Thanks, Lloyd. Of course, I'm not posting any of my awful photos with the 18mm (mostly due to me still learning how to use it on an M9). Being highly selective makes it look like a winner every time.

    David: This one really seems to pick up the sense of the large space. Your viewpoint and the 18mm really do it well.

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    M8, Elmarit M 28

    Endre: Good eye. The reflections at the bottom really populate this image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    David: +1. Great images. That lens has been available at my camera store. What's put me off was the f/3.8. Clearly doesn't affect your excellent photos. You probably already said; but, do you use a viewfinder?
    The 3.8 can be limiting, especially at night. On the plus side (for me, anyway), because you can't shoot at 1.4 or 2.0, you do get a better DOF. Since I have a 24 lux now, I figure I can use that at night, unless, as on this trip, I want to push the envelope and see what the lens can do. Mostly I shot at ISO 160, but did bump it up as high as ISO 1000 occasionally to see how much grain would show up (not very much).

    I sprang for the 18mm Leica viewfinder last year when I purchased the lens. It wasn't cheap, and there are less expensive alternatives. I could get by on the M8 without using a viewfinder, but with the M9, you really need it. Since I used the built-in viewfinder only for focusing and checking the meter, I kept a Leica 1.25x magnifier on all the time to help me focus.
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    More 18mm shots from my recent trip to Vegas.













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