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    Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Hi There
    Well, when I decided not to get the S2, I consoled myself by ordering a Noctilux and a 24 summilux. Two boxes arrived on Friday, so, according to the rules of new camera equipment, it's rained ever since.

    I've had to take pictures where it's possible (dying tulips in the kitchen and the grey rainy woods) - I have to say that both lenses are a real experience. Here are a few shots -


    24 lux


    Noctilux


    Noctilux


    24 lux


    24 lux


    Noctilux


    Noctilux

    After a long wet walk in the woods, there's only one place to go!

    Noctilux

    there are some more woodland shots here:

    If you go down to the woods today

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Looking good, Jono
    Congrats with your S2 replacement and happy shooting !

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Looking good, Jono
    Congrats with your S2 replacement and happy shooting !

    Kind regards.
    Thanks Bart - the return of the noctilux coincided with the arrival of the summilux . . . .and the rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

    After a long wet walk in the woods, there's only one place to go!

    Noctilux
    Old Speckled Hen is fine...no Old Peculier?

    Would love to walk every weekend and end up in such a place.

    Maybe my M9 will suffice.

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    Good luck with the new lenses Jono...looks like an auspicious start! I assume the Noct is the new 0.95? By the way, if this is how one consoles themselves, then I need some consoling

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Really great shots, you will very much enjoy the lenses!

    Have great fun

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    PS: maybe I need to console myself with an M9

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Jono

    Fabulous additions to the M9. I will have to now make another resolution NOT to look at your work with these lens again so that I can keep myself from extreme temptation.

    Again ....

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi There
    Well, when I decided not to get the S2, I consoled myself by ordering a Noctilux and a 24 summilux. Two boxes arrived on Friday, so, according to the rules of new camera equipment, it's rained ever since.

    I've had to take pictures where it's possible (dying tulips in the kitchen and the grey rainy woods) - I have to say that both lenses are a real experience. Here are a few shots -


    24 lux


    Noctilux


    Noctilux


    24 lux


    24 lux


    Noctilux


    Noctilux

    After a long wet walk in the woods, there's only one place to go!

    Noctilux

    there are some more woodland shots here:

    If you go down to the woods today

    Jono, rainy day shots or not, these are astounding captures...great use of your 2 new buddies! Did you not have the Summilux 24 mm when it first arrived a couple of years back, or am I mistaken?
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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Good strategy Jono - fill out the M9 kit ..first and then...

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    Jono,

    When I get back to the home Isle, we need to meet up for a pint or four.

    Good stuff.
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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    error error error.
    Late night postings are always dodgy!
    Many thanks to eagle eyed Arjuna, who quite rightly pointed out that the first post was taken with a 28 'cron and NOT with the 24 'lux.

    This was the picture from the 24 lux which I meant to post!



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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Old Speckled Hen is fine...no Old Peculier?

    Would love to walk every weekend and end up in such a place.

    Maybe my M9 will suffice.

    Regards,

    Bob
    Hi Bob - no old peculiar I'm afraid - we have to take what Sean and Alina have to offer . . . together with the Satie on the piano (played by Alina) and the general great atmosphere.

    You might not like the weather so much though - same again today, raining and 4C euch.

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Good luck with the new lenses Jono...looks like an auspicious start! I assume the Noct is the new 0.95? By the way, if this is how one consoles themselves, then I need some consoling

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    Hi Dave
    That's the one - it's certainly in interesting approach to buying madly expensive lenses without a guilty conscience . . . think about an S2 with 3 lenses, then look again! (Emma thought it was a good idea too!).

    I was dithering whether to get the 21 or 24 'lux, but in the end, as I already had the WATE I plumped for the 24. I'm really pleased, as it turns out to be quite useable without an external viewfinder (wouldn't be so easy with glasses I guess).

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Jono, rainy day shots or not, these are astounding captures...great use of your 2 new buddies! Did you not have the Summilux 24 mm when it first arrived a couple of years back, or am I mistaken?
    Hi Ashwin
    Thank you!
    I didn't have the 24 before - I've hadn't bought a lens for over 2000 until the 35 'lux asph II last summer - so this was a pretty major departure!

    I certainly am loving them though.

    all the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Good strategy Jono - fill out the M9 kit ..first and then...
    Nice idea, but I fear that it really was one or the other . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Muelver View Post
    Jono,

    When I get back to the home Isle, we need to meet up for a pint or four.

    Good stuff.
    Hi There Jason
    Absolutely - grand idea - I didn't know it was the 'home isle' - it's a long way from North Chicago to Diss!

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Jono,
    images look great. I can honestly say that owning a 24Lux does not make you safe forever to not get an S2
    The 24Lux is one of my favorite M lenses.
    The Noctilux shots are beautiful and I think it is really something special. I am constantly telling myself that the 50lux asph is enough for me but the Nocti Bokeh is still clearly one step further with its shallow DOF.

    So at least the S2 did one good thing for you: it makes you feel to have saved money when buying a Nocti and a 24Lux lenses

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    Jono,
    images look great. I can honestly say that owning a 24Lux does not make you safe forever to not get an S2
    Hi Tom
    Well - I think it might make me safe, everybody's funds has some kind of a limit, and I think mine might have just got there!

    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    The 24Lux is one of my favorite M lenses.
    I'm really loving it - more than I expected, like other modern Leica lenses it seems to be a wonderful compromise between clinical and 'spiritual'. Fab.
    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    The Noctilux shots are beautiful and I think it is really something special. I am constantly telling myself that the 50lux asph is enough for me but the Nocti Bokeh is still clearly one step further with its shallow DOF.
    I had one of the old f1 noctiluxes, and I really did like it, but I felt that it was a bit of a one trick pony. The new one is great, in that if you stop it down a bit then it starts to behave much more like the perfect 50 'lux - and of course, there's minimal focus shift to worry about.
    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    So at least the S2 did one good thing for you: it makes you feel to have saved money when buying a Nocti and a 24Lux lenses

    To be honest, I did have the funds - but they were earning nothing as savings, and it seemed to me that they might as well be transferred to glass, which seems as likely to appreciate as most other things!
    I don't however have the funds to buy an S2 as well!


    This is one from this morning with the Noctilux - an impossible white balance situation makes for interesting colours on white walls - I rather like it!


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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Jono,
    Congratulations on the news lenses and your new ability to see in the dark. Should we send you some ND filters as well? .

    Love the last one that is almost seeming to be illuminated by blue neon.

    Have fun!




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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Jono,
    Congratulations on the news lenses and you new ability to see in the dark. Should we send you some ND filters as well? .

    Love the last one that is almost seeming to be illuminated by blue neon.

    Have fun!
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    You're reading my mind - do you have my address?
    ND filters are going to be necessary very soon! E60 seems to be the size.

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    Congrats, that's some beautiful glass.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Tom
    Well - I think it might make me safe, everybody's funds has some kind of a limit, and I think mine might have just got there!
    Now what kind of an attitude is that? A proper photographer spends on cameras and lenses more than s/he can afford!

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    Jono, I like your philosophy of "Taking The Bull By The Horns"! Big Congrats & Wonderful Images!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Bob - no old peculiar I'm afraid - we have to take what Sean and Alina have to offer . . . together with the Satie on the piano (played by Alina) and the general great atmosphere.

    You might not like the weather so much though - same again today, raining and 4C euch.
    We also have had no Old Peculier here for some 18 months as it is no longer imported...my fallback has been a couple of Porters but I bring home Old Speckled Hen on an irregular basis.

    Looking at your last post and pictures you have posted I think a S2 would get much less use than you present camera. MF calls for a fair amount of light and /or a large stable tripod. With captures like yours it might see a fair amount of use for 4-5 months a year and while you are on holiday but you seem to have found a most wonderful compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post


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    Another stunning portrait of Caspar....truly wonderful.

    Makes one want to sit in your kitchen for an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emr View Post
    Congrats, that's some beautiful glass.



    Now what kind of an attitude is that? A proper photographer spends on cameras and lenses more than s/he can afford!
    Hey! I just spent a squillion quid on new lenses . . . and you're calling me a cheapskate

    . . . . and anyway, of course I can't afford it; should be in the pension fund!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Jono, I like your philosophy of "Taking The Bull By The Horns"! Big Congrats & Wonderful Images!!!
    Hi Steve
    Thank you! I didn't actually think they would both arrive together - but hey, it's certainly fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    We also have had no Old Peculier here for some 18 months as it is no longer imported...my fallback has been a couple of Porters but I bring home Old Speckled Hen on an irregular basis.

    Looking at your last post and pictures you have posted I think a S2 would get much less use than you present camera. MF calls for a fair amount of light and /or a large stable tripod. With captures like yours it might see a fair amount of use for 4-5 months a year and while you are on holiday but you seem to have found a most wonderful compromise.

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    Well, I'm sure I'd use an S2 (because it's lovely) - the reason not to go for the S2 was actually just as you say: I'd got clearance from the powers that be (wife / accountant / business partner). But I wasn't convinced it would have a good effect on my photography, which is definitely reactive and not pro-active; I don't need more time to think about pictures, I need more time looking at (if you see what I mean)!

    . . . . what is this tripod thing of which you speak?

    Glad you like the snapshot of Caspar - he's quite an item (we keep finding him sleeping on the kitchen table, and he sits on windowsills like a cat!)

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    This is one from this morning with the Noctilux - an impossible white balance situation makes for interesting colours on white walls - I rather like it!

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    This image is surreal...simply love it for its pastel like colors and glow surrounding the vase of flowers. The new Noct is a lens that's on my list when I find that darn winning lottery ticket

    Yes, it's a somewhat difficult choice regarding whether to go with the 21 or 24mm Lux....as close in focal length as they appear, although since you have the WATE, the 24mm was a natural. For some reason I find the field of view quite different with each, which lends itself to very different perspectives on subjects shot with each respectively. I would think the 24mm lens, with it's relatively "more normal" perspective, lends itself to more everyday subjects and can provide shallower depth of field...while the 21mm provides that purposely wide angle perspective. Since I didn't have a lens wider than the 35mm, I went for the 21mm, but each is quite remarkable.

    Lovely shots!

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Wait there is a pattern here . Expensive lenses purchased , Wife, Flowers , Dog and Beer.

    So let me play this out.

    Bought expensive lenses told the wife she was not to happy went to the brewery had quite a few came home with a lot of flowers and still not happy so now sleeping with dog. I get this now. Happens to the best of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Wait there is a pattern here . Expensive lenses purchased , Wife, Flowers , Dog and Beer.

    So let me play this out.

    Bought expensive lenses told the wife she was not to happy went to the brewery had quite a few came home with a lot of flowers and still not happy so now sleeping with dog. I get this now. Happens to the best of us.

    It all looks so likely doesn't it. But small as I am - there's no room for the dog and me on that chair!

    Anyway, it'd be more likely that the dog slept on the bed and I was relegated to the chair :sleep006:

    I can see Emma outside the window trying to start the tractor . . . . maybe I shouldn't go outside right now.

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Hey Jono, I just stumbled on this thread and wanted to congratulate you on your acquisition. You made a very good choice in lenses. They are both excellent as you have already shown.

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    Jono, wonderful photographs! Love the bokeh created by the noc in the second and third shots of the original series and the shot of the yellow & red tulips is stunning!

    . . . . . and thanks for sharing the walk in the woods! Hope you don't mind me posting one of yours from your site (in your thread), I just love it and hope others do as well.



    Love the B&W, lovely detail and bokeh!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Fast and Wide - my S2 consolation

    I think it's the smart photographer that knows what best suits him. Judging by the images you've picked the right tools for the job. Lovely shots and it's certainly not only because of the lenses. The two you just got are among my favorites in the M lineup... although I find myself using the 35mm focal length more.

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