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    Rediscovering the WATE

    Hi There
    I had rather been considering whether I wanted to keep my WATE or not. The CV 15 does a grand job, and it's so tiny. I remembered it as having been a real fiddle to get right, and the finder as huge and ugly.
    So, with the idea of deciding whether or not to sell it I went out for a couple of hours this afternoon and concentrated on it.
    It's wonderful - f4 - f8 (which is what I mostly use for landscapes) it's spectacularly sharp - right to the corners, and with no vignetting. Using it wasn't so much of a hassle - it's just a case of getting a procedure for changing the focal length and sticking to it - it may be slow, but it's a damn sight quicker than changing lenses!
    As for the Frankenfinder - it's accurate and clear, and what more can one expect?
    So - I've fallen back in love with this lens, it may be bigger than the CV15, but it's hardly a tank, and it works so well.

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Jono,
    Very nice!

    I had decided against the WATE a while back, due to all the "issues", many of which are more reasonably resolved now, thanks to the efforts and skill of so many. I too have the CV 15, and love it for size and ease of use, an get a very similar look as your WATE 16 has delivered.

    My thinking about the WATE is starting to come around again, and especially IF (big word there) there is a FF sensor option possibility for the M8 at some point. I think the WATE would be an absolutely outstanding consideration at that point. If the entire UV/IR filter thing did not exist, this lens seems like it really could rule the wide end of the kit, frankenfinder and all.

    Thanks for sharing the shot and the thoughts.

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    I had bought the wate with finder with the 30% deal. While waiting for it I decided to get the cv15 and found it to be really great. I had decided to sell the wate when it showed up. When it did I made the mistake of trying it just to make sure it was ok before selling. I haven't used the cv since.

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    I have really enjoyed the WATE. The Frankenfinder has the most accurate frame lines I have seen on the M8. I also have the C/V 15 and it is great especially considering the size and cost. However, I haven't used it since I got the WATE, but can't bring myself to sell it because I can still see value in having such a small lens for light travel.

    Anyway, here are a few of my WATE photos from last summer.

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Mark: Beautiful work. Keep the lens. DR

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Thanks everyone for chipping in.
    Interesting that they do seem to be the only really reliable framelines for the M8 - of course, it's because of being able to change the distance.

    Nice examples Mark

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gowin View Post
    I have really enjoyed the WATE. The Frankenfinder has the most accurate frame lines I have seen on the M8.
    what's a Frankenfinder?

    by the way, jono and mark, may we see a few more shots here? your photos are beautiful.

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Quote Originally Posted by thegrumpymonk View Post
    what's a Frankenfinder?

    by the way, jono and mark, may we see a few more shots here? your photos are beautiful.
    HI There - I like your new avatar
    The Frankenfinder is the finder that comes with the Wide Angle Tri-Elmar. So named because it is so ugly - however, it's nicely made and has really accurate framelines - it'll do for the WATE on full frame as well!

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Jono, I love the second and fourth shots!

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    thanks!

    love color, but i'm a sap for high contrast black and white photos

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    A couple more WATE images which are a bit different. The first is looking up through a stairwell in the Bailey's Millennium Hotel in Kensington, London (to bad the ceiling isn't more interesting. The second is a fireworks show on St. Pete Beach, Florida put on for visiting corporate sponsors for the upcoming 2009 Super Bowl.

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    Re: Rediscovering the WATE

    Jonoslack: The fourth shot (B&W) is great. Show more. DR

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