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Old 11-13-2015   #41
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A readily available adapter would let you use it on a Sony, Fuji etc etc
I don't have any interchangeable lens mirrorless but a Pentax K-01.

Been thinking about getting an X-Pro1 or X-E1 for legacy lenses but haven't gotten one yet.
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I don't have any interchangeable lens mirrorless but a Pentax K-01.

Been thinking about getting an X-Pro1 or X-E1 for legacy lenses but haven't gotten one yet.
I'd get something like a Sony A7 for that (if you don't want a Leica). The Fuji's would apply a crop factor to the lenses. 50mm become 75mm etc
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I'd get something like a Sony A7 for that (if you don't want a Leica). The Fuji's would apply a crop factor to the lenses. 50mm become 75mm etc
Good point but I don't think I can afford an A7 at the moment. They are still kind of expensive used.

I can wait a few years
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Good point but I don't think I can afford an A7 at the moment. They are still kind of expensive used.

I can wait a few years
Another option, in the Fuji vein, is the Sony A6000. Excellent sensor that is 24mp vs Fuji's 16 (?). Those are cheap used.
Personally I'd pick up an M mount film camera to use it on.
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truly the lens you never imagined for your Leica M.

Lomotize your Leica M camera up to the high bar of the art experience with the lens you never dare imagined for your german Leica, a true Russian Lomo lens! This fabulous Russian export is so amazing it defies description - so good luck with this proletariat Karl Marx inspired optic. The black Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 32mm f/2.8 Art Lens rangefinder coupled M mount lens optics are made with real glass mounted in a real metal lens barrel for your very own real Leica M experience. Focusing with your full daily ration of Vodka is highly encouraged. If your pics are not sharp, have a few more Vodka shots. The more Vodka, the better your pics will look. FREE SHIPPING

also adaptable to just about any of the so called ILC cameras via a Leica M adapter, including Fuji X, Sony E, EOS M, Samsung etc

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Some samples of this lens on a Fuji Xpro-1.
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What is interesting is how this lens varies its look depending on lighting and of course aperture setting. None of these images were 'cooked' in pp.
All from the same roll of film.











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Minitar on an M-E & M2

I just got my M-E back from New Jersey. I thought I'd try out my new Lomo lens I picked up from Cameraquest. Its a tiny little lens and a bit quirky in handling and results, but its supposed to be. Thankfully I dont see as much color cast as some other examples online
These M-E allshot at f8 @ iso640


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First batch back from the lab, love this lens. M5, CineStill bwXX pushed to 800 Lomo Minitar:




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Old 02-20-2017   #52
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I had to apply distortion correction manually to straighten things up, but it worked out well.
Today was a rainy day, and this lens allowed me to carry my camera under my jacket maintaining a very low profile as it is the size of a body cap. If I didn't have this lens, the camera would have been left at home.
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Nice. I guess you have gotten over your aversion to using it on a digicam?
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Nice. I guess you have gotten over your aversion to using it on a digicam?
Yep in as much I wanted to use my M240 today, and as it was raining this was the only lens that would allow a flat profile and make it easy to carry under my jacket.
On the digi M you have to play around to get rid of the coloured edges. On film you don't. But I had a lot of fun w it today.
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Really like the look of those photos Huss. Nice work. Both the B&W and colors especially are really lovely.

Is there an annoying amount of post required on a digital M to take away obvious flaws? The thing about having the camera with me vs leaving it home really resonates with me as do the images.
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Really like the look of those photos Huss. Nice work. Both the B&W and colors especially are really lovely.
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Is there an annoying amount of post required on a digital M to take away obvious flaws? The thing about having the camera with me vs leaving it home really resonates with me as do the images.
There was some work required, but pretty much there is PP required with all my images using any lens if I want to get the end look I desire, so I am used to it.

B&W is much easier, as I do not have to deal with the smearing colour borders (especially on the right side). All I do is apply distortion correction (-8 in LR) and adjust exposure/contrast.
With colour I initially was happy that LR had a profile for the lens but after using it a couple of times realized it was junk. All it does is bleach out the border areas removing colour and detail. So if I want to remove the pink tone, I use the adjustment brush in LR and just desaturate it. Works every time. Then it is -8 on the distortion, adjust exposure/contrast. Everything takes maybe a minute.
On film there is no colour smear, so it would be just distortion and exposure/contrast. What is interesting is that this lens has a wavy distortion pattern, with emphasis on pin cushion. So you can fix it somewhat, but this is not an architectural lens, but more for people and 'stuff'.

Anyway, I do not see any of this as a fault of the lens. Every single lens I have 'needs' correction - you can see this by clicking on the profile in LR (if it has one) and watch the image change. For me I finally found the true calling of the Minitar lens - and that is to make the camera as discrete and pocketable as possible. So yeah my Summicron 35 is much much 'better'. But is is about 5 times the size (and the Summicron is a small lens!) so you are not comparing the same thing. If the Minitar gave the performance it does, and was the same size as the Summicron, then yeah I would maybe have reason to complain. Before I realized it is still a $350 lens, new, versus $2500+!

One thing that was cool was that I left the lens cap at home (tiny little thing that needs to be unscrewed) so I wouldn't lose it or have to fiddle with it. The front element of the lens is deeply recessed so there was no issue of anything rubbing against it, so no worry there.
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Thanks for the detailed answer. Much appreciated.
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I'm sure you can make fine images (and some of the examples here are quite good). Like all things lomo, it's just too much money for what it is. The lens body reminds me a great deal of the Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens for micro 4/3 which is marketed as a toy lens at $50. I think the amateur on a budget would be better off gluing a lens from a Kodak point and shoot onto an m39 body cap with a hole in it and calling it a day.
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I'm sure you can make fine images (and some of the examples here are quite good). Like all things lomo, it's just too much money for what it is. The lens body reminds me a great deal of the Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens for micro 4/3 which is marketed as a toy lens at $50. I think the amateur on a budget would be better off gluing a lens from a Kodak point and shoot onto an m39 body cap with a hole in it and calling it a day.

You are comparing a fixed aperture f8 lens for a different camera mount/system with an M mount f2.8 lens multiple aperture lens? Ooookaaaayy....

As for your Kodak lens idea. Go ahead, make it. Remember it needs to be rangefinder focus coupled, aperture controlled and in the M mount. While your at it, give it a 2 year warranty and high standard of build.

Pop quiz, name all the other pancake M mount lenses, available with warranty, that are available? Next after Lomo is the MS Optical series that start at about $1000 and give 'worse' optical quality.

I get it, you don't like Lomo. But that's ok because Lomo Loves Leica.
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...I think the amateur on a budget ...
Since then using Leica has become "amateur on a budget" thing?
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You see Huss, you need an M10 after all.
It would be the same thickness with the 35 cron, as the M240 and the Minitar! lol
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Since then using Leica has become "amateur on a budget" thing?
A beater M2 with this attached seems pretty nice. Won't anger the wife as well!
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You see Huss, you need an M10 after all.
It would be the same thickness with the 35 cron, as the M240 and the Minitar! lol
Every mm counts!
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...Pop quiz, name all the other pancake M mount lenses, available with warranty, that are available? Next after Lomo is the MS Optical series that start at about $1000 and give 'worse' optical quality....

Not "worse", just different. Somehow I don't recall color smearing on digital...

They are a bit more expensive than the Lomo lens, though you do have a few more focal length options.

Great series of photographs Huss. I'm loving it.
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Thanks Pioneer. Yeah I should have used "different" but that was why I put "worse" in parentheses. As it is subjective. My point was meant to be that MS Optical lenses cost a whole lot more and (some) have similar quirks, but they tend to get a pass as they are not a Lomography item!

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Really like this series. Keep posting.
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I really like the Minitar on film, looks great!
Nice series Huss.
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Looks like it deals quite well with digital black and white too Huss.
Much pp for shading, or is that pretty much untouched?
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Looks like it deals quite well with digital black and white too Huss.
Much pp for shading, or is that pretty much untouched?
cheers/k.
I applied a yellow/green filter to the B&W conversion in pp. But in all honesty I pp'd it like any other file I use, no matter what camera/lens combo I may have used.

With this lens you put the stuff you want sharp in the middle third at wide apertures, and the middle 2/3rds stopped down. No edge to edge sharpness here! And the more you open it up, the more it vignettes so you use that to your advantage.
Just like a Leica Summaron 28 f5.6! Except much smaller, 2 stops faster and $2100 cheaper!
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I applied a yellow/green filter to the B&W conversion in pp. But in all honesty I pp'd it like any other file I use, no matter what camera/lens combo I may have used.

With this lens you put the stuff you want sharp in the middle third at wide apertures, and the middle 2/3rds stopped down. No edge to edge sharpness here! And the more you open it up, the more it vignettes so you use that to your advantage.
Just like a Leica Summaron 28 f5.6! Except much smaller, 2 stops faster and $2100 cheaper!
Nice, I like it! I've been thinking about either this one, or the perar 28 f2, tough decision...
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The Perar is an f4 lens, I think it's the Apoqualia 28 f2 you are thinking about?http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/camera-lens/lenses/
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Beautiful pictures here, well seen and well done, bravo!

Now, ...I do not need this lens, I do not need this lens, I do not need this lens, I do not need....

hmmm, I'll give a look at the (already bookmarked) Lomo site, just to give a look, I do not need... :-)

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The Perar is an f4 lens, I think it's the Apoqualia 28 f2 you are thinking about?http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/camera-lens/lenses/
Yes, you are correct, I'm not sure why I wrote Perar...
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Definitely a very special lens. In the right hand the right tool for impressive images, as we can see here.
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Thank you for the compliments people, much appreciated.

To reiterate, this lens does not stand up from a technical/sharpness point of view, but what it does is introduce a different look compared to the perfect lenses out there. And for very little money to be honest. This is by far the cheapest M lens that you can buy new.

The raison d'etre of this lens is that it makes a Leica (or any camera it is attached to) as small and discrete as possible. Not only is it RF coupled but it also has physical setting focus stops like a SnapShot Skopar that allows for super easy and quick zone focusing. You can adjust focus while it is in your pocket/under your jacket, whip it out, shoot, put it away. None the wiser..


And again, size reference which makes up for it not being as 'good' as a Summicron or Zeiss Distagon..

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Look what you did, Huss. Our head bartender had a used one in mint- condition, and I pushed the button... I so didn't NEED this lens.
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Thanks for showing it on M, Huss!

I remember how I was traveling to Moscow in 2016 with one Domke bag allowed on the transcontinental flight. The bag was so full, I had space only for small dgital Lumix P&S, small charger, ten rolls of film and I was only able to fit in M4-2 with Summarit-M 35 2.5 on it.
M-E with collapsed in Industar-22 and this lens on the side seems to be good alternate. Minitar and Industar in Moscow! . I could even fit little SF-26 flash...
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Look what you did, Huss. Our head bartender had a used one in mint- condition, and I pushed the button... I so didn't NEED this lens.

Sure you could do that, and pay less than the sucker that I am did..

But you really should have taken Mich's advice from several posts up, and taken a hammer to a disposable camera and glue that lens into a body cap that you drilled a hole into. Exactly the same thing. For like a buck fiddy!

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