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    M9 for sports? Yes!

    Thought you'd like to know I used my M9 with the new 35 lux to take the official team photo for this year's Washington Stealth pro lacrosse team:

    http://www.stealthlax.com/team/roster

    I shoot for the team using my Canon gear (mostly a 1D Mark IV with the 70-300 f/4 IS) averaging about 1500 shots per game, posting about 150 keepers.

    When it came time for the poster shot, I needed the best image quality I could get so out came the M9. This got printed at 16"x24" for the fans.

    So yes, you can use the M9 for sports, as long as the players hold perfectly still.

    -Brad
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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    Group photos are a sport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    Thought you'd like to know I used my M9 with the new 35 lux to take the official team photo for this year's Washington Stealth pro lacrosse team:

    http://www.stealthlax.com/team/roster

    I shoot for the team using my Canon gear (mostly a 1D Mark IV with the 70-300 f/4 IS) averaging about 1500 shots per game, posting about 150 keepers.

    When it came time for the poster shot, I needed the best image quality I could get so out came the M9. This got printed at 16"x24" for the fans.

    So yes, you can use the M9 for sports, as long as the players hold perfectly still.

    -Brad
    Done well!

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    Warning, shameless plug:

    http://blog.leica-camera.com/guest-b...-state-part-i/

    In the right circumstances, I have found the M camera to be an outstanding sports camera.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPlomley View Post
    Warning, shameless plug:

    http://blog.leica-camera.com/guest-b...-state-part-i/

    In the right circumstances, I have found the M camera to be an outstanding sports camera.

    Cheers,
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    Beautiful work. Makes me want an M9. Well, I already wanted one!

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    Cheers Mike.

    Sounds like you are torturing yourself...if you can swing the coin, I can assure you will not be disappointed.

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    I shot motor racing with the M6TTL once upon a time... :-)

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    Took this with the 0.95 shot @ 0.95 & 0.6X ND

    Just have to pre-focus and wait for the right time + a little bit of luck

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by normanchoi View Post
    Took this with the 0.95 shot @ 0.95 & 0.6X ND

    Just have to pre-focus and wait for the right time + a little bit of luck
    Excellent! This is probably the first Noct sports photo I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPlomley View Post
    Cheers Mike.

    Sounds like you are torturing yourself...if you can swing the coin, I can assure you will not be disappointed.
    I could swing the coin -- it's just very hard (for me) to assign that much cash to one camera body. I also have no false ideas about it getting me results like yours. They came from your vision and skill. Again, super work!

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    But I will add that yes, the Ms can be used for sports (within limits). M8 + M-Hexanon 90mm:






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    Mike, these could not have been trivial to nail the focus with a 90mm lens. Nicely done!

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    Impressive shots, guys. Kudos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPlomley View Post
    Mike, these could not have been trivial to nail the focus with a 90mm lens. Nicely done!

    Thank you. We all know digital cameras have at least one huge strength: there's no cost to taking lots of shots . I had plenty of OOF shots from the session!

    I am very happy with the ones that worked out, though. A friend of mine saw these shots and sent me an email saying "I'm not getting good sports (swimming) shots from my Canon -- should I buy one of those Leica cameras?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by normanchoi View Post
    Took this with the 0.95 shot @ 0.95 & 0.6X ND

    Just have to pre-focus and wait for the right time + a little bit of luck
    Impressive! Now be honest, how many shots did you fire to get this one?

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    Thank you Brad & dannh!

    I got to be honest, I only took 2 shots (P.S. I was with the wife and we just happened to see the game on our way to a shopping mall). Actually, the other shot didn't turn out too bad either. The luck was with me that day.

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    M8,Elmarit 2,8/21..

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    resurrecting an old thread, but once again I did the team shot with the M9 and 50 lux asph. The printed poster is 30" wide and you can see the 5-o'clock shadow on the players' faces and how well they brushed their teeth that morning.

    I continue to be amazed with the M9 and 50 lux combo.

    Here's the link to the photo page:

    Roster | Team | Washington Stealth

    Here's the full image (reduced) and a 100% clip (click to see):
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    Brad I think Leica needs to improve the process quality I find the images blotchy to say the least the fine details are mush...

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    great stuff! after a while shooting rapid moving people I find you kind of get into a *groove* and you can anticipate the action , the large viewfinder is a big help too!

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    to ced...

    The M9 is not a MF camera, so I don't expect MF results, but in the 35mm class it has the best image quality period.

    The crop I showed is a very small portion of the overall frame. Printed at 30" wide this image is extremely good.
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    Brad neither is my G9 and the fine details are better.
    I think at the price of the gear they really ought to do some improvement regarding the data attached to the DNG info so the interpolation results give less clumpy looking results.
    If you are happy well that is all that matters I guess.

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    ced, I think all of the members here would disagree about the Canon G9 or any small sensor camera coming anywhere close to the Leica M9 for resolving detail. If you don't own an M9 I encourage you to borrow or rent one and prove it to yourself.
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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    I shoot MMA fights with my M9 and Noct.

    My work will be viewable at a gallery exhibition in April in Los Angeles with a book to follow.

    The M9 is fully capable of shooting sports and not just distant shots where focusing on infinity and f/8 gets the shot. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    Best,

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    Brad here is an example when I said the M9 details were "mush", it turns out the raw treatment in CS4 which I currently use and CS5 on another computer is like day and night in the conversion even the colour etc when the almost same settings are fed in. Hope others might find it useful.
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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    Godfrey, please post a few shots. I have a Sony a900 and the 135/1.8 lens for my kids soccer games and swim meets. I also have an M6 and old 50 / 1.4 pre-asph lux which I love and which I used to use to shoot for everything. My oldest is on the swim team so he is never that far away that I can't use an M6. Soccer is another story.

    Several years ago I shot my oldest playing football with a Mamiya 7 ll and 65/4.0 combo. Pretty interesting stuff actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Godfrey, please post a few shots. I have a Sony a900 and the 135/1.8 lens for my kids soccer games and swim meets. I also have an M6 and old 50 / 1.4 pre-asph lux which I love and which I used to use to shoot for everything. My oldest is on the swim team so he is never that far away that I can't use an M6. Soccer is another story.

    Several years ago I shot my oldest playing football with a Mamiya 7 ll and 65/4.0 combo. Pretty interesting stuff actually.
    My Leica sports shots were all made long before digital and few have been scanned. Finding the negs has proven difficult. But I did find two from the Isle of Man in 2000:


    Both were made with a 90mm lens. At Ballacrye he is moving at upwards of 130 mph as he hits the little rise ... You can see the rear wheel is still slightly airborne as the bike lands. Sulby Bridge is of course a pan shot, a hard right hand uphill bend at 70 mph plus. Here he's on the way into he apex, you can see the forks compressed as he brakes and prepares to pitch the bike over for the turn about another second or two up the road. unfortunately, there was no vantage point to catch the corner apex from with a 90mm lens.
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    Godfrey, thank you. Love them.

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    Re: M9 for sports? Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by ced View Post
    Brad here is an example when I said the M9 details were "mush", it turns out the raw treatment in CS4 which I currently use and CS5 on another computer is like day and night in the conversion even the colour etc when the almost same settings are fed in. Hope others might find it useful.
    Very interesting! I think you'll like the RAW capabilities of Lightroom 3.6 and 4 as well. Thanks for posting.
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    Can this qualify as a sport?



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    Quote Originally Posted by nowherean View Post
    Can this qualify as a sport?

    Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowherean View Post
    Can this qualify as a sport?

    Wow. That's incredible... as a shot and as a demonstration of balance and strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prosophos View Post
    Wow. That's incredible... as a shot and as a demonstration of balance and strength.

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    Thank you, Peter. Love your site and your reviews btw.
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    Sometimes. Nr2 is cropped.
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    COLLISION: Fashion meets Fighting

    Want to see action sports shot with an M9?

    Come to my Exhibition:

    COLLISION: Fashion meets Fighting

    At the:
    Hatakeyama Gallery

    905 S Hill St
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    April 12 at 6:30 PM

    Jump Start Art Walk LA and
    See kick *** fighting photos shot with an M9

    The exhibition will be up for a month but the free food and drinks are one night only!!

    Best,
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