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    Seagull, Steel Water, and Horizon - Eastham, MA 2018
    Leica CL + Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4
    ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/320

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    From a beautiful day's outing in Provincetown:


    Oglers - Provincetown, MA 2018
    Leica CL + Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8
    ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/100

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    Two of my photos from the visit to the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan, NYC:


    Intrepid Transom - Intrepid Museum, Manhattan, NY 2018
    Leica CL + Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4



    Blackbird Business End - Intrepid Museum, Manhattan, NY 2018
    Leica CL + Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8

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    Fishing - Continental Divide, Western Side, CO 2018
    Leica CL + Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4
    ISO 400 @ f/8 @ 1/500

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    Last leg homewards...


    One Great Trip - Manhattan, NYC 2018
    Leica CL + Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8
    Polaroid framing by "ShakeItPhoto" app.

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    Early (or late) blooms

    In the hills of the north of Israel(all with CL 35/1.4):

    C1090338 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090344 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090349 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    This grows in several places. A particularly good crop is just above the Jordan river.

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    The "mighty" Jordan River, most of the time is not mighty at all. Here's a placid stretch:

    C1090358 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    but check out You Tube for some impressive spring flooding (downstream from this part).

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    Leica CL with the 55-135 wide open

    In a brief visit to the Hula wildlife reserve with a largeish group, late in the afternoon, we saw large flocks of cranes in their migration from Europe to their winter quarters in Africa. Conditions for photography were pretty bad -- shooting nearly straight into the sun and at a fair distance from the fields where the flocks settled down -- but the AF was right on target more than half the time using single shot spot focus, and there were lots of opportunities to shoot. One example:

    C1090514 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    Re: Early (or late) blooms

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    In the hills of the north of Israel(all with CL 35/1.4):

    C1090338 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090344 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090349 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    This grows in several places. A particularly good crop is just above the Jordan river.

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    What kind of a plant is that?

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    Re: Early (or late) blooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    What kind of a plant is that?
    I had to ask to get the right spelling of the name in Hebrew. We call it חצב or Hatsav, and the English seems to be SeaSquill. It grows from a very large bulb, starting in winter, reaches a meter or so high with most of its growth in late summer, and blooms in the last days of summer, when few other plants are in flower. It's common, but for most of the year you would never notice it. Here's the family tree:

    Urginea, named for an Arabian tribe in Algeria, known as Ben Urgin.
    maritima, growing by the sea.
    Drimia, Greek δριμύς, -εῖα, -ύ (adj). = acrid, pungent, referring to the bulbs which can irritate the skin.

    And it grows in all sorts of natural areas, but was traditionally planted in Arab graveyards.

    The Egyptians call the plant "Ein Sit", the god who resists the sun, since the plant only blooms in autumn.

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    C1090631 1 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    CL with 35/[email protected]/5.6

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    I'd been debating whether to buy the Leica APO-Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH because I like to shoot so much with a fast normal lens, and then I remembered that one of my all time favorite lenses on APS-C was the SMC-Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited, and that they made this lens in a special LTM mount for a couple of years. I hunted and found one at a reasonable price. It arrived yesterday... I took it on my bicycle ride, fitted to the Leica CL.

    It's every bit as lovely a lens on this camera as it was on my APS-C Pentax cameras in the FA series SLR version...


    Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm Limited
    ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/100

    (A full rez image: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1970/...3e802c8c_o.jpg)

    This is just a magnificent lens, a perfect long-normal for me on this format. Light, small, fast ... a perfect match to the CL, too. And I can use it on my M-D as well..!

    I've coded it as a Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 for EXIF and lens profile, that seems to work well. Since the RF focusing mount is limited to about .7m minimum focus, I used a step up ring to test it with Leica ELPRO VIIa and VIIb close up lenses. That gives me down to about 10 inches focus distance with superb quality results.

    Really happy.

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    On Friday evenings, I sometimes gather with a few friends at the club in San Jose downtown. I've taken to riding the bus there so I can look around and see rather than drive, and occasionally carry my camera with me on the bus to see what it may help me see.

    I took the bus this past Friday and carried the camera.


    Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Limited
    ISO 6400 @ f/1.9 @ 1/60

    enjoy,
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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

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    Meanwhile, I have the loan of a brash young assistant; she's here while her servant is off on respite for a few days. She does keep a very careful eye on things:



    60 mm Macro, f/3.2. 1/160, ISO 5000, uncropped.
    Sad to relate, the brash young assistant didn't keep a careful enough eye on the road, and is no more.
    Sláinte

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    Two more photos from the bus ride last Friday:


    Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Ltd
    ISO 6400 @ f/1.9 @ 1/60



    Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Ltd
    ISO 6400 @ f/2.8 @ 1/25

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    Sad to relate, the brash young assistant didn't keep a careful enough eye on the road, and is no more.
    I'm sorry, Robert. That's very unfortunate.

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    Leica CL + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH
    ISO 250 @ f/5.6 @ 1/40

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    There is something simply delightful about the textural qualities of what this camera records with the WATE:


    Leica CL + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH
    ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/50 @ 16mm

    enjoy!
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    Filling the skies with cranes

    Jerusalem today:

    C1090842 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090820 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

    C1090760 Panorama by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr
    CL 60/2.8

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    Working my way through deciding whether to keep the Noctilux or not - so I figure the best way to make my decision is to actually use the thing...and then writing a review using photos...and maybe comparisons...

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    Another WATE photo...


    Leica CL + Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH
    ISO 250 @ f/5.6 @ 1/30

    enjoy!
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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    I am really enjoying the Leica CL - it matches as well with M lenses and SL lenses as the Sl does - and it is light /portable not as 'precious' as my M10...the apc 'boost' factor on my M and SL lenses gives me a 2 for 1 buzz too ! jpeg Straight out of C1 with saturation slider - down a bit.


    and below is a 100% crop using teh magnificent 90-280SL zoom - getting me 420 reach now - very pleased with results...

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    +1

    The CL was definitely a good 'replacement' for my SL. It does well with all the things I needed a replacement for and proves such a very capable adjunct to my other cameras that I use it a lot beyond that. It works well with R and M lenses as well, to the point that I haven't seen much need to buy any dedicated, native lenses.

    I do miss the 90-280.. I sold it when I sold my SL. I just don't use such a long lens enough to warrant having that expensive a piece of equipment sitting on the shelf. I make do with the R180/4 and a doubler when need be.
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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    No CL photo today, but an interesting observation. I spent a few days walking about with the M-D fitted with the WATE set to 21mm and the Universal Wide Angle Finder. For some reason or another, I hardly saw anything that I wanted to photograph. I put the same lens on the CL, set to 16mm, and did the same: nada again. Yesterday, I fitted the enormous (by comparison) Super-Elmer-R 15mm f/3.5 to the CL ... And the world came alive in the viewfinder!

    Am I really that sensitive to the handling feel of a lens that it can switch my ability to see on and off so dramatically? I'm fairly stunned by the thought.

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    I tried Godfrey's combination (CL + 15 mm old fashioned superwide angle lens) today. It does interesting things when you can get really close:

    C1090962 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr CL, R15/[email protected]/5.6

    or when you are surrounded by strong shapes

    C1100019 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    I'm not sure there's anything different about the images made with a Super-Elmarit or Super-Elmar R ultra-wide lens with respect to being used up close or with strong shapes, as opposed to, say, the Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm or WATE used the same way.

    Of course each lens has its individual rendering signature: it's that and the handling ergonomics that affect me the most. I find it a LOT easier to focus the Super-Elmar-R 15mm with the CL even at f/5.6 or f/8 than I do the WATE at f/4 or f/5.6. I once did a test comparison of the two lenses on the SL, and the WATE has much better edge performance and overall contrast on FF, but that is outside the boundaries of the APS-C frame.

    It's a bit of a mystery, but I'll go with what works for me. The SER15 is a big heavy beast of a lens: despite that, it proves to fit my hands and the CL beautifully, enabling me to hold it very steadily even at 1/10 second. And it produces lovely photos, with an effective FoV similar to a 22mm lens on FF.

    Fun stuff!

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    Rendering with a classic R 15mm

    One thing I don't think you will see with the modern 11-23 CL and 16-35 SL wideangles is goofy flare patterns like this:

    C1090978 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr], on Flickr CL, R15/[email protected]/5.6

    It's a look I remember from film shots with the old Angenieux zooms (e.g Easy Rider). The colors of the spots may be from the three color filters that are embedded in this lens.

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    Re: Rendering with a classic R 15mm

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    One thing I don't think you will see with the modern 11-23 CL and 16-35 SL wideangles is goofy flare patterns like this:

    C1090978 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr], on Flickr CL, R15/[email protected]/5.6

    It's a look I remember from film shots with the old Angenieux zooms (e.g Easy Rider). The colors of the spots may be from the three color filters that are embedded in this lens.
    Funny you bring up the flare issue - a lot of people are adapting anamorphic lenses to apc cameras and 4/3rds cameras not only for the cinematic effect but because they are able to get these lens flares in their videos and photographs...another example of one persons trash is another person's treasure. Unfortunately I can't get an 11-23 for the CL atm it is on back order- everywhere.

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    I think I have checked this before, but to make sure, I took out the 11-23, and checked for the line of blobs flare pattern at 11 and 15 cm focal lengths. I moved the sun from inside the frame to just outside the frame over half a dozen shots with both focal lengths and saw no flare. That's a good thing, I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    I think I have checked this before, but to make sure, I took out the 11-23, and checked for the line of blobs flare pattern at 11 and 15 cm focal lengths. I moved the sun from inside the frame to just outside the frame over half a dozen shots with both focal lengths and saw no flare. That's a good thing, I guess...
    It's great lens performance from the lens designer point of view.

    It's almost completely meaningless to me since I have never fixated on having the sun in the or at the edge of the field of view like that.

    I'm sure the 11-23 mm lens is a stellar piece of kit. I'm just not inclined to buy one. I like what I have.

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    Filling the skies with cranes

    Godfrey, I certainly wasn't testing the 11-23 for you. I don't normally include the sun in the frame either, but yesterday there were some cases where that happened unintentionally, with colorful results. There was a nasty example of flare in the CL discussed a while back on the LUF, in which the reflection off the sensor caused an array of red spots to appear. I think that was with the 23 CL prime. I thought it was yet another reason to normally have the sun over your left shoulder, but one party to the discussion felt that the CL could be forever dismissed because of his need to shoot into backlight for the dramatic impact.

    Anyway, here is a more reasonable use of the 11-23, with the sun over my left shoulder at one of several construction sites within a few blocks of our campus:

    C1120024 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr CL, [email protected] ISO 320.

    The gentleman that you see cutting across traffic on the right is a guard from the Prime Minister's office, which is out of the frame to the right. He was equipped with a truly scary latest generation automatic rifle, not the US surplus M-14 that they give to recruits in training. He is coming to inquire just what I was doing taking pictures of important government buildings. I didn't get away until they had photographed my ID and I had flipped through a dozen or so pictures to show that they were only about the cranes. We'll see if this comes back to haunt me the next time I go through security at the airport.

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

    Scott,

    Since we're the only two people talking about these two lenses at the moment in this thread, I presumed that you were talking to me when I commented.

    I had the Super-Elmar-R 15mm lens on my CL last night and snatched a photo of my partner in our home office when he was reviewing a book that was misplaced. Just a grab shot: quick focus, ISO 3200 @ f/5.6 @ 1/30 second. The torchlamp didn't produce any flare (like it has with some other lenses) and, as usual, the CL's sensor showed its excellent ability to hold detail even at this elevated ISO setting in contrasty light.


    There's something about this lens that just inspires me. I don't pretend to understand it, or try to explain it in terms of flare, contrast, whatever. I just want to make more photos with it, and prefer it over the WATE and other potential lenses I might purchase. It's a big heavy beast of a thing that, curiously, fits my hands and eye just perfectly.


    Leica CL + Super-Elmar-R 15mm f/3.5
    1,557 grams
    A little over 15 cm back to front .. 150mm ruler provided for scale.

    Love it.

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    CL w R80 1.4 @ soccer practice
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    CL w SL 50mm 1.4

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    Re: Fun With the Leica CL

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    Leica CL + Super-Elmar-R 15mm f/3.5
    1,557 grams
    A little over 15 cm back to front .. 150mm ruler provided for scale.

    Love it.

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    Godfrey, that combination looks a bit unwieldy; the lens looks far too big and heavy for the body. Perhaps it's the double adaptors, but still...
    Sláinte

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    Godfrey, that combination looks a bit unwieldy; the lens looks far too big and heavy for the body. Perhaps it's the double adaptors, but still...
    It not only looks big and heavy, it is big and heavy: 1.5Kg (3.3 lbs) is a substantial lump. The fact that it feels so good in the hand, balances so perfectly, and works so well is surprising even to me, but I'll take it! The WATE is far smaller and lighter but just doesn't give me the same delight. Odd, I know.

    I've been snapping around the house and in the neighborhood with it and getting some lovely imaging, although nothing that meets my personal criteria for posting yet. (I've been concentrating much more effort on my Polaroid photos just at the moment, so the CL is being used more for technical stuff like copying the Polaroids and doing some negative capture... which are not the métier of this lens. )

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    CL w 18/56
    NYC Empire State Building
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    Went for a short walk downtown today and carried the CL + Super-Elmar-R 15mm combination to do some street sighting. It was a rather dull, gray day, unfortunately, and the photo opportunities were limited. I think I made one shot worth posting, I'll look at it later or tomorrow morning.

    There weren't many people out and about today due to the weather, but a couple of folks saw the lens and commented that the camera looked pretty cool. Young folks, probably taking photography*or journalism over at San Jose State University. At least it pleases "the crowds"...

    The CL with this big lens actually feels great to walk around with. Despite its bulk, it's very handy and easy to work with. Focus with it pops in and out rapidly and clearly, and it focuses very close (about 10" or so). You can set f/5.6 and ride a huge range of DoF, or be as precise as you want. And the CL fitted with this lens and the adapter fits snugly but easily into the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L, with room for one more lens on the side (plus spare batteries, etc).

    It's a pleasure to use. A two lens kit of this and the 43 or the 28 mm is a great kit.

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    These scooters stood waiting pensively for their next riders outside the cafe I visited in downtown.


    Leica CL + Super-Elmar-R 15mm f/3.5
    ISO 125 @ f/5.6 @ 1/30

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    First signs of Spring:


    f/5, 1/800, ISO 1250


    f/8, 1/800, ISO 4000

    Both with 90-280 handheld (!) at 280, both slightly cropped
    Sláinte

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    2 days ago in beautiful austrian mountains during a xc-tour
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