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Godfrey
11-06-2018, 07:43
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...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1910/30810532487_d0ac2e609c_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NWC2Tn)
Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm Limited
ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/100

(A full rez image: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1970/45750566191_b23e802c8c_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.

G

charjohncarter
11-06-2018, 08:22
That combo really works, beautiful shot. I remember your presentations on the Pentax site years ago. Maybe some of the images were from a 43mm limited. It just goes to show you can take a picture of just about anything, and if you do it right it will look great.

Calzone
11-06-2018, 08:32
Godfrey,

Congrates on the 43/1.9. I love the quick focus on mine and the build quality. I can see why having a 64.5mm FOV is useful on a CL.

Cal

Tim Zhou
11-06-2018, 08:48
I bought this lens few years ago out of curiosity. The lens is nicely built and smaller than it looks. Sadly, I couldn't afford a Leica, so only use it on a Sony camera.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4705/25215495167_5af7ea9d5e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Eqd1dF)_DSC0276-Edit (https://flic.kr/p/Eqd1dF) by T Zhou (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Strangefinder
11-06-2018, 09:20
Sadly

your picture does not look like. great shot.
i never heard of this lens before. :o

Godfrey
11-06-2018, 09:26
I like the cat shot.. looks like it's posing to be a figurehead! :)

Of all the Pentax gear I used, this lens almost pushed me to keep one Pentax body around just so I could keep shooting with it. I tried the SLR version on other cameras with a mount adapter but the AF mount never really felt right on them.. too loose and too short a throw for precision with a manual focus workflow, it was designed for AF and worked best that way. I bought a K-01 body at one point and another 43 Ltd just to have it again, but the body just wasn't my cup of tea.

The L model lens has exactly the same optics and has a superbly light and precise focusing feel and a short built in hood. Perfect.. can use it on all my Leica RF and digital bodies. The bokeh this lens produces is just beautiful, and it is just the right balance of sharp and contrasty without being overly much.

I've fitted a 35-135 LTM->M adapter because I prefer that set of frame lines in the M for this focal length over the usual choice of 50-75 adapter. The long normal FoV on APS-C is my preferred "shoot anything at all" generalist setup, so I'm really in hog heaven with the CL now. It'll take work to remember I have other lenses too... :D

Tim Zhou
11-06-2018, 09:57
Thanks Godfrey, agree on how nice to focus it. I have never handled the pancake version, but would imagine the manual focusing may not be so easy.

I read somewhere it is similar to 40mm f2 by Leica/Minolta, hopefully, I get hold of one and wait for digital CL price to come down :)

Calzone
11-06-2018, 10:05
The focus on the Pentax-L surely is fast (short throw) and has a precise feel.

Cal

raid
11-06-2018, 10:42
https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/6299821-orig.jpg

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/6299806-orig.jpg

https://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/6299779-orig.jpg

A great lens indeed.

Godfrey
11-06-2018, 16:34
The beautiful rendering of this lens is just so apparent in photos like this ... a selfie of me and another bicyclist I met today who happens to share the same name ...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1922/45706965492_09cc3c0b96_o.jpg
Two Godfreys - San Jose 2018
Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Ltd
ISO 250 @ f/4 @ 1/60

Very little editing other than rotate and crop a little ...!

G

nickthetasmaniac
11-06-2018, 18:42
Ah, the 43mm Ltd LTM and GR 28mm LTM - the two oddball Leica Mount lenses I hope to play with one day...

Godfrey
11-06-2018, 19:01
Ah, the 43mm Ltd LTM and GR 28mm LTM - the two oddball Leica Mount lenses I hope to play with one day...

I saw one of the Ricoh lenses available, but over $1000. Too much.

G

peterm1
11-06-2018, 19:20
The beautiful rendering of this lens is just so apparent in photos like this ... a selfie of me and another bicyclist I met today who happens to share the same name ...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1922/45706965492_09cc3c0b96_o.jpg
Two Godfreys - San Jose 2018
Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Ltd
ISO 250 @ f/4 @ 1/60

Very little editing other than rotate and crop a little ...!

G

Very nice rendering.

Doug
11-07-2018, 00:34
Fine lens, good sample pics! I purchased mine from an RFF member in Nov 2003, very fond of it. Some barrel distortion detectable. I have used the optical finder that came with it. It's a bigger/longer lens than the 40mm for CLE Minolta: 47.8mm long at infinity with the screw-mount adapter in place. This is likely due to its having been designed for an SLR mount, more telecentric than a native RF lens. Only 2000 of these were made, 800 in silver finish, 1200 in black.

Pentax 43 L on an M8
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/77/U77I1439958081.SEQ.2.jpg

And on an M9 for a flu shot
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/77/U77I1349417550.SEQ.0.jpg

Calzone
11-07-2018, 05:33
My version is the rarer silver version (800 units made). The Pentax-L VF'er has 43 and 50 mm framelines, as well as a diopter adjustment. If you use the entire frame it can serve as a 35mm external VF'er.

I use this VF'er with my 35/1.8 Nikkor in LTM on LTM cameras.

Cal

Godfrey
11-07-2018, 06:47
Looks like mine is #155 by the serial number. I went cheap and didn't get the one I saw offered with the viewfinder ... don't need it for the CL, and I'm perfectly happy to use the 35mm frame lines in the M-D. :)

Here's a cameraporn gallery: photos of the Pentax-L 43mm Limited on the Leica CL:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1976/30814443977_4117a7b83b_o.jpg
Click this to go to the gallery of five photos on Flickr.com (https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157700042640722)

It really is the perfect size and weight lens for the Leica CL or M-D. The CL fitted with adapter and this lens weighs about 860 grams.

You can tell how contrasty and sharp the lens is immediately with the CL: it triggers focus peaking instantly, even wide open, unlike a lot of other highly regarded fast lenses. Not that you really need it to focus! :)

G

raid
11-07-2018, 06:50
WOW! A beautiful set is seen here. Congrats.

Calzone
11-07-2018, 08:35
Looks like mine is #155 by the serial number. I went cheap and didn't get the one I saw offered with the viewfinder ... don't need it for the CL, and I'm perfectly happy to use the 35mm frame lines in the M-D. :)

Here's a cameraporn gallery: photos of the Pentax-L 43mm Limited on the Leica CL:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1976/30814443977_4117a7b83b_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmqukixQ)
Click image to go to the gallery of five photos on Flickr.com

It really is the perfect size and weight lens for the Leica CL or M-D. The CL fitted with adapter and this lens weighs about 860 grams.

You can tell how contrasty and sharp the lens is immediately with the CL: it triggers focus peaking instantly, even wide open, unlike a lot of other highly regarded fast lenses. Not that you really need it to focus! :)

G

Godfrey,

A very pretty rig. My CL has been kidnaped by my fashion blogger gal.

Cal

lxmike
11-07-2018, 09:09
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...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1910/30810532487_d0ac2e609c_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NWC2Tn)
Leica CL + Pentax-L 43mm Limited
ISO 100 @ f/5.6 @ 1/100

(A full rez image: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1970/45750566191_b23e802c8c_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.

G

what a very very cool fatboy, bike are my other passion

Calzone
11-07-2018, 09:22
what a very very cool fatboy, bike are my other passion

Mike,

When you make it to NYC let me know.

I'm also a bike nerd. All my bikes are retro pre V-Brake. Back in the day I was a racer. Now I'm old (60) but I'm 5' 9" and 150 pounds.

Cal

lxmike
11-07-2018, 09:44
l grew up on Pentax optics, especially love the smc m glass

Godfrey
11-07-2018, 10:23
what a very very cool fatboy, bike are my other passion

..When you make it to NYC let me know.

I'm also a bike nerd. All my bikes are retro pre V-Brake. Back in the day I was a racer. Now I'm old (60) but I'm 5' 9" and 150 pounds.

l grew up on Pentax optics, especially love the smc m glass

Thanks! Yes, two-wheelers are one of my other big passions, since I was 8yo.

Never raced bicycles (motorcycles yes!) but have always loved cycling. I couldn't for a decade and a half because my hip disintegrated and the pain was too much ... but that's repaired now. I cycle on average 10-20 miles per day on the FCC ... absolutely love it. I was always too large a guy to be competitive in racing on a bicycle (6 foot and 215 lbs when fit); I'm working my way back to that level of fitness now, about 35 lbs to go. Problem is I keep building muscle faster than I lose fat... but I can't complain too much. I am 64, after all: it's a joy to become strong again. :)

Pentax gear came to me rather late, bought in during the middle '00s. The FA43 was by far my favorite of all the Pentax lenses I owned and used. Having this L43 rarity to use now is just a delight. It truly fits the CL as if it were made for it.

G

raid
11-07-2018, 11:07
https://photos.smugmug.com/Pentax-L-43mm-19-Leica-M9/i-sZ9jPxJ/0/16c2f9bf/X2/PNTX-L-63-X2.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Pentax-L-43mm-19-Leica-M9/i-rMnVFpc/0/1891b01d/X2/PNTX-L-68-X2.jpg