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    I forgot what the M8 can do.

    Until I used it for a shoot today. I have mostly been using the D3 or the Hy6 for the past few months, using the M8 only occasionally. I did a casual shoot today with a 15 year old girl (and her parents), so I did not want to bring a large, intimidating camera like the D3 or the Hy6 and 110/2. I used the M8 with the 50/1.4 ASPH and the 75/2 ASPH. My M8 focuses perfectly with these two (unfortunately, not so with the 35/1.4 and 75/1.4, my two favorite lenses), and I forgot how sharp these lenses are. These are all shot between f/1.4 and f/4, mostly at f/2.8. I tried a number of different processing effects, but not too much in the way of sharpening. Several of them are pretty tight crops.











    I think it was too cold to get a real smile out of her! All the smiles were fairly forced.
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    Nice pics. As to a smile, if she is like my 15yos, there is no such thing as smiling for a camera. Kind of like that commercial of the mother trying to get a pic of her daughter enjoying herself on the cruise line.

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    Re: I forgot what the M8 can do.

    Is the color photo an example of the 75/2?

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    Re: I forgot what the M8 can do.

    Thanks Art. I guess I was more impressed with the technical aspects of the shots than of the shots themselves. I like the third one and the last one, but the rest are take it or leave it. I am not really used to working with people, so it is something I am trying to get some practice with.

    Elvis -- no, that is a pretty tight crop of a 50mm shot. The third one and the last one are with the 75mm (odd that I should like those...it does not have to do with the lens I don't think).

    Here is a crop from one of the 50mm ones...the color one you thought was the 75. I am showing 100% detail (standard sharpening) and the full frame. I had cropped it as well as rotated it:





    That was around f/2.8 I believe. I think it is crazy that you can see individual clouds and buildings reflected in her eyes. Just 10 megapixels, it will be interesting to see what they do with 37!
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    Best damn little digital camera there is!
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    Stuart: Thanks for sharing that. That 50 Lux is something isn't it? Which lens do you like/use more, the 50 or the 75? I need to settle on a portrait lens to go with my 35 cron (which itself takes nice portraits). I was thinking the 75 for a little more reach but think I would use the 50 more for general purpose.

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    On the M8, no question, I prefer the 50mm. On a film body, my favorite lenses are 35 and 75, so the 50mm is much closer to that field of view. The 75mm on the M8 is a bit too long for my tastes...also the framelines on the M8 are horrible (at least they are on the M8.1...I have not seen the new ones. So while it is a staggeringly good lens, I think the 50mm is more useful on the M8 -- it is smaller and has an extra stop as well, so I think it is a bit more useful. Someone who likes 90mm's on film will likely have a different opinion.
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