Feb 072014
 
Turn your Leica M into a compact kit with the Leica/Leitz Elmar f/3.5 50mm vintage lens

Leica M cameras are reknowned for their great full-frame performance coupled with the pure luxury feeling using precision tools for advanced manual photography. Prior to the new Sony Alpha A7/A7r the Leica M happened to be the smallest full-frame system camera in the market. Featuring comparatively small sized manual lenses does indeed make a luxury package Leica kit possible that fits into a medium size bag, but small does not necessarily mean compact. There is one lens however, that can make this dream come true – a vintage collapsible Leica (or rather Leitz) lens that still is readily available on the secondary market. It can can be found for as little as 100-300 $/€ depending on the condition it is in. Very often you can […]

Nov 262013
 
Quick Snap: Leica Super-Elmar 21mm on Sony A7

The Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH just happens to be my favorite wide-angle lens. Actually, this is probably the best wide lens I have ever used. IMHO nothing can compare to what can be achieved using this lens on a digital Leica. I had loads of fun putting the little gem to use with my Leica M9 and Leica M Typ 240. The results were nothing short of spectacular.  I was pretty happy when I heard Sony was introducing a full-frame mirrorless ILC (camera with interchangeable lenses) which would let me mount my Leica M lenses using commonly available adapters. But would the results be adequate? Previous tests with the Sony NEX 7 did not work out the way most people thought, so there was always […]

Jun 052013
 
Lens Review: Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH FLE

“Perhaps the most versatile M lens.“ This is a quote straight from the Leica site. And that about sums it up. The Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH FLE was designed to be even “more compact” with even “higher performance” than its predecessor, which did not feature the floating element and was available from 1994 to 2010. I have not yet had the opportunity to try the previous model but I have had the newer version on loan from Leica for a couple of weeks and want to share some of my findings. For the past few years I have been using the Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH with my M9 and only recently with the Leica M Typ 240. I was always glad to strap […]

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