I've just done a bad thing...
Old 09-20-2015   #1
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I've just done a bad thing...



I've wanted a Leica for years, i love the X100 i've got, but, it didn't stop me wanting one.

So i just bought one!


Anything with the M8 and this len's to look out for? Its going to arrive on Tuesday, and i'm actually going to be in Paris the weekend after, so that should give me a good chance to test it out.

Excited, and a fully sick feeling in my stomach about spending that amount of money at the same time!
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Old 09-20-2015   #2
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I know the M8 is a great camera and you will love it and I read and heard
that the Voigtlander are great lenses. The one thing the 35mm will be
around a 52mm or there about because of the smaller sensor but still
nice none the less.
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I've wanted a Leica for years, i love the X100 i've got, but, it didn't stop me wanting one.

So i just bought one!


Anything with the M8 and this len's to look out for? Its going to arrive on Tuesday, and i'm actually going to be in Paris the weekend after, so that should give me a good chance to test it out.

Excited, and a fully sick feeling in my stomach about spending that amount of money at the same time!
Don't forget to buy your IR filter. Otherwise: happy shooting.
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Old 09-20-2015   #4
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Range-Rover - thats why i got the 35, and not the 40 1.4

Jaapv - Most of my work is B&W so not too worried about the IR filter, but thanks!

Excited...
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Old 09-20-2015   #5
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I have the slightly longer 40mm version of this lens and its a fine lens. If the 35mm is anywhere near as good you will be very happy. Sample image (note the pleasant bokeh)

Fiefy by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Old 09-20-2015   #6
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I use the 35 Nokton on an RD-1, it works well.

I think the crop factor on an M-8 is 1.3x, so you should have an EFL of about 45mm.

Congrats on your purchase!
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Well, the only way to scratch the "Leica Itch" is to buy one. Unless you just fall in love with rangefinder focusing, though, the X100 is a far more advanced tool. Smaller and lighter with better image quality. IMHO, of course.
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Time to ask is before.

Make sure the back screen does not have coffee stain

Look at high iso and check for red lines

Buy the filter for color work

Check the RF for accuracy close and far. If found off, it could be the lens, not camera.
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Old 09-20-2015   #9
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I've bought from a dealer, so has all been checked out, and should be fine!
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Old 09-20-2015   #10
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Don't worry about the camera, just go out and shoot. As others have said, if you want to make color images, you'll likely want the IR correction filter for the lens.

The Nokton 35/1.4 SC is single-coated and renders like an older generation lens. It will be lovely for B&W work in particular.

An afternoon's walkabout with the camera and lens should eliminate that feeling in your stomach. That is what it's all about.

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Simon, I envy you... even though I already have that lens, but I envy the feeling of anticipation, the anxiety of the thing in the mail... and your trip to Paris!
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Simon, I envy you... even though I already have that lens, but I envy the feeling of anticipation, the anxiety of the thing in the mail... and your trip to Paris!
Thanks!

Any thoughts on the Lens? Although, it's already on its way to me to little time to change my mind now!
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Old 09-20-2015   #13
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The lens you are getting should be excellent. If you ever want a 50mm, I recommend the Zeiss Planar ZM.
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Congrats on the coming gear, I expect you'll really like the results. For some samples to whet your appetite, suggest you go to the RFF Gallery and do an Advanced Search and for criteria choose "M8" and the Nokton 35 SC lens. You'll get 6 pages of results to poke through... mine are the oldest 4 shots!

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Range-Rover - thats why i got the 35, and not the 40 1.4

Jaapv - Most of my work is B&W so not too worried about the IR filter, but thanks!

Excited...
Nice, that should be great then, on mine I use a Minolta M
28mm f2.8 and I'm really happy with the combo.
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Old 09-22-2015   #16
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Well, the only way to scratch the "Leica Itch" is to buy one. Unless you just fall in love with rangefinder focusing, though, the X100 is a far more advanced tool. Smaller and lighter with better image quality. IMHO, of course.
Better image quality? I highly doubt that. Megapixels aren't everything, or even particularly important at normal print sizes.
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The X100 is a fine camera, but the image quality is unfortunately not quite on the same level as the M8. You might like the JPG output better, though. (at least, in colour)
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Better image quality? I highly doubt that. Megapixels aren't everything, or even particularly important at normal print sizes.
Megapixels aren't everything; but, advances in sensor technology are significant. And operational aspects of more modern cameras are important to lots of folks. As I said, though, the M8 is a relatively inexpensive way to scratch the Leica itch. If mechanical rangefinder focusing in a digital camera is your thing, Leicas are pretty much the only game in town.
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Old 09-22-2015   #19
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Its Arrived!

Significantly heavier and larger than i expected it to be though.... Not really a bad thing though.

Unfortunately, english weather has kicked it and its raining like crazy outside so i can't go out to shoot

Also, i have near 20/20 vision, but the LCD in the viewfinder is awfully blurred? Any Ideas?
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Unfortunately that means it may be loose and needs to be fixed...
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Old 09-24-2015   #21
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I finally caved in, tried to wait out the bad weather i've had in the UK over the past few days, but i started shooting random crap in my house instead

So i found the cat!

JPEG from the camera, i like the rendering on the lens, the grain, is more than i was expecting but isn't awful.

ISO 640 1/80th f/1.4



Missed the focus slightly, but the in-camera B&W isn't bad!
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The X100 is a fine camera, but the image quality is unfortunately not quite on the same level as the M8. You might like the JPG output better, though. (at least, in colour)
I don't think this can be said categorically.
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You're going to love it!!

The cat is the universal test subject. So good choice there.

The review screen resolution of M8 and M9 (maybe ME and MM) is not high like a lot of other digital cameras. When you review your shots, it won't be anywhere near as sharp as the image actually is on the card. You get used to it. I think the thinking is we Leica types are so used to the film M experience, that the review screen is mostly just a bonus convenience to check and make sure we got the exposure pretty good and the composition was what we wanted. But checking for details and sharpness, happens later. BTW, I don't know what the LCD screen resolution is with the M240, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was low, just like its predecessors. Someone here knows

Anyway, both the camera and lens that you now own are great, fun, capable tools. Let's see how creative you can get with that cat..
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SimonUK,

I remember buying my first Leica and feeling just like you about how much of my hard-earned dosh I was hanging around my neck.

If you haven't already done so, get some good photographic insurance... and enjoy!
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