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Old 03-27-2012   #1276
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Also, if your post uses a link to your picture located elsewhere, such as Flikr or PhotoBucket, and you later remove the photo from that source, that will break the link to the pic here, upsetting the flow of interaction for anyone looking back through the thread, with blank gaps where the pics once appeared.
Doug, is there a remedy for this broken link problem?
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Old 03-27-2012   #1277
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Doug, is there a remedy for this broken link problem?
I think the only solution is to avoid having the linked pic removed from the source. The break can happen inadvertently if the photo host deletes your pics or goes off-line.

Less likely if you have more control... for instance, your own web site or your area on a reliable hosting service (but even so if you delete the pic it will leave a blank spot wherever you linked it). Probably the safest is if you upload the pic from your own hard drive, then it's saved on RFF, pretty secure from deletion. (Max size is 600 pixels on the long side, scaled down automatically if larger.) In that case, it will show up in the thread as a small thumbnail that expands when clicked. It's possible at that point to "Go Advanced" again, editing your post, expand the pic in a new window, and drag it back to the same post to appear in the 600px size above the thumbnail.

Also better if your hosting source is on the same website as the destination... like posting a pic on an RFF forum from your RFF Gallery; if it all goes down nobody will notice little gaps in the threads!
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Old 03-27-2012   #1278
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Cool to see this thread so alive and well.

Olympus OM 180/2.8, maybe at f5.6 or so:



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Old 03-27-2012   #1279
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same light - different lenses, 29 years apart.

Fastest Leitz 35mm wide angle lens from 1938 − 3.5cm ƒ3.5 Elmar uncoated:



Fastest Leitz 35mm wide angle lens from 1967 − 35mm Summilux v2 infinity lock:



Roland, I didn't use your 90 Elmarit yet - this will be one of the upcoming lenses, to shoot extensively ;-)
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Old 03-27-2012   #1280
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And just, to add the Noctilux ƒ1 wide open:

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Old 03-30-2012   #1281
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Chris, which lens?

Here is 5cm ƒ1.5 Summarit + XOONS bokeh on a sunny, but over clouded day:

aperture was ƒ2



and a crop - watch that funky Summarit bokeh!



some swirly bokeh from the Summarit:

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Old 03-30-2012   #1282
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I am really digging the 5cm ƒ3.5 Elmar, since I found out about it's beautiful, beautiful, soft bokeh - watch that background far away (especially the transitions from bright sky to dark background - modern lenses murder any beauty in such things)!





Most pleasant background rendering, when focussing further away:





I am really into these old lenses now, who would have thought !
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Old 04-02-2012   #1283
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Roland, I didn't use your 90 Elmarit yet - this will be one of the upcoming lenses, to shoot extensively ;-)
Looking forward Dirk. Here are a couple to bridge you over, taken with your lens (90/2.8 M-mount Elmarit):







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Old 04-11-2012   #1292
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Roland, thanks a lot for the 90 Elmarit reminder ;-)
Yes, yes, it's still unused … I promise, I'll change that in some time …

Beautiful bokeh it does in my opinion - not so crazy, as some of the older lenses (the Canon Sonnar tele lenses for example), but also not as smooth and edge-less, as the most modern lenses.
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Old 04-24-2012   #1296
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75 Summilux bokeh - how can you not love, what this lens does with backgrounds?


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I have to say, it appears as if most Leica M-mount lenses produces considerably ugly (harsh) bokeh, except for a few very special ones (e.g. 75mm f/1.4 Summilux).

Thank you so much everybody who has contributed to this massive thread - never has such a collection of images been available in one place to draw such a distinct conclusion from. Since more than 50% of the Leica M images really do show what is undeniably ugly bokeh, there is no longer any denying this fact:

Leitz may be able to make some really sharp, small, well-made lenses, but not even they can make lenses that are guaranteed to produce good bokeh.

Bokeh "style" is actually not that important to myself. At least now we have a giant image collection to point to.

I myself have come to a conclusion: 99% of lenses made cannot be all of: fast aperture, high resolution, and have good bokeh. "Slow" lenses always produce the best bokeh (e.g. if we're talking M-mount, nothing that I have seen beats the Voigtländer Heliar 50/3.5) but they produce "less of it", which is why slow lenses on medium- and large format will always beat 35mm lenses when it comes to quality (and quantity, due to larger film size / physical aperture size for the same f-number) of bokeh.

I am not stating the above as facts, just my experience. But what is indeed a fact is: statistically speaking - with a reasonable sample size (this giant thread) - Leica M-lenses produce bad bokeh, just like most other 35mm lenses.
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Time and Space

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A photo speaks more than a thousand words
Your post before could have easily understood as a Leica rant, but backing it with this beauty of bokeh makes your point clear.

I fear though, the issue with bokeh is not a Leica made one, but generally a smaller format issue.
Only when one goes the efforts, to use the fastest of lenses or specific designs, that make background smooth, like the latest ASPH 50/1.4, 75/2 or, as you stated certain slower lenses (a 135/3.4 APO can do real magic in this regard), you will get smooth bokeh, as you like.

For some though, certain specialty lenses have something going for them for their crazy bokeh (take the 50/1.5 Summarit for example or in a milder dose the 50/2 Summitar, …).

I love the Leica stuff, but in regards of truly outstanding background rendering, it is limited to certain special lenses (unfortunately those are getting costly nowadays) or to move to a larger film format entirely.

But then again, isn't it sometimes the flaws, that we feel so dearly about something, that makes them unique and special ;-) ?
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