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    I think I've made up my mind to replace my original M8 with an M9. I'd like to use my CV 15, ZM 21/2.8, 35 Summicrons (III, IV), and 75AA with it - this is my main motivator, to get rid of the crop. These are all uncoded. What should I do in terms of coding and adapters to get the most out of them with an M9? Is there anyone (DAG?) who will code the ZM 21 mount? Or is this lens destined to never do well on it and I should bite the bullet and replace it with a Leica? 21 and 35 are by far my favorite focal lengths.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    I have a 21 elmarit (for sale) if you need to make the switch. You can test it out with your 21 side by side.

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    Thanks Terry - I may eventually take you up on that offer once I have an M9 in hand!

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    DAG will code all of your lenses.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Hi Jan
    I'm sure you won't regret it
    But the CV 15 isn't fab on the M9. I don't know about the Zeiss, it's certainly worth trying with the different coding options. My guess is that it might work best with the coding for the 28 elmarit.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Brittenson View Post
    I think I've made up my mind to replace my original M8 with an M9. I'd like to use my CV 15, ZM 21/2.8, 35 Summicrons (III, IV), and 75AA with it - this is my main motivator, to get rid of the crop. These are all uncoded. What should I do in terms of coding and adapters to get the most out of them with an M9? Is there anyone (DAG?) who will code the ZM 21 mount? Or is this lens destined to never do well on it and I should bite the bullet and replace it with a Leica? 21 and 35 are by far my favorite focal lengths.
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    Thanks Jono - I use the 15 mainly in lieu of a 21 on the M8, and think it will be more of a novel^h^h^h^h^hspecial tool on the M9... Sort of like the CV 12 (which I have as well) on the M8 today.

    I did do the deed and ordered an M9 from Dale in FL. Doing a longer trip to Indochina in December-January, which gave me the final motivation for this. It's a scary lot of $$$$ though. Now I gotta sell off some unused gear (and a big pile of IR filters) and the M8 to pay for it. But FF and no IR problems, quiet operation...

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Brittenson View Post
    Thanks Jono - I use the 15 mainly in lieu of a 21 on the M8, and think it will be more of a novel^h^h^h^h^hspecial tool on the M9... Sort of like the CV 12 (which I have as well) on the M8 today.

    I did do the deed and ordered an M9 from Dale in FL. Doing a longer trip to Indochina in December-January, which gave me the final motivation for this. It's a scary lot of $$$$ though. Now I gotta sell off some unused gear (and a big pile of IR filters) and the M8 to pay for it. But FF and no IR problems, quiet operation...
    Hi Jan
    Honestly - despite the slightly anti atmosphere around here, if you like rangefinder the M9 delivers the goods!

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    One more question... I assume the M9 has the same internal geometry as an M8, and my 5cm Summitar can't be collapsed on it without hitting the shutter?

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Agree with Jono that the CV 15 is not a good performer on the M9.

    Originally traded in my M8 for the M9 in lieu of selling a kidney but bought an M8 again as a backup. Something to consider as the price of an M8 is very discounted now and will be a good backup for your trip. Then you can have a wide on the M8 like the CV 15 and have a normal on the M9 and just switch cameras when needed.
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    Yeah, it would be nice to keep it for backup, maybe I'll try to hang on to it...

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    The Biogon 21/2.8 looks great with the M9 manually set to 11134. The rendering is much more pleasant than on the M8 where it looked really harsh, almost brutal - never mind vignetting and color shift. It looks a lot like it does with E200 Pro on the M6. I need to shoot more, but think the plan for now is to simply get the Biogon coded alongside the 35/2 (IV) and 75/2AA. The 75 also is right back where it should be - reminds me why I love this lens so much. It's absolutely fantastic. The 35 looks wonderful. So this seems like the trio I'll be sticking with and will send to DAG to get coded. I may not bother with more rarely used lenses, like the 135 T-E.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Guys, I haven't coded any of my own uncoded lenses. For $125 each, I can keep manually setting them up the few times I need to use one, or find some less expensive way to code the EXIF information on import!

    Jan, welcome to the slippery slope. David at Dale is a great guy to work with. I bought my own M9 from him also.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Chuck, I'm sure you're aware of your part in this madness, due to letting me fondle your M9. Just reminding you of your corrupting influence.

    On a more serious note, I was trying out my assorted lenses on it last night and already forgot to change the coding manually several times. The 75 and 35's are probably fine without it, but the Biogon 21 definitely needs the correction; so I'll get that coded at least. Mainly so I don't forget. It really does look like a horse's behind without.

    The CV 12 on the M9 is utterly insanely wide... And not half bad, at least in shifts and vignetting. Correction needed is about the same as the 35/2 IV, i.e. very little.

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    Re: Migrating M8 to M9

    Got some time to dash out and about a bit with the Biogon 21... and also start up with LR3.





    The first one looks a bit garish, but I hadn't found the LR3 saturation dial yet.

    And I blame the poor framing of the second one on forgetting to put the 21 VF in the bag and winging it.
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