Old 02-27-2015   #41
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Thanks Helen and Jon.

Two new ones from the Golden Gate this morning:



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Roland, sorry I found this so late. But anyway... I love the first picture of the bridge. Its such a great textbook example of how tone works to create depth. Beautiful image!
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Old 02-27-2015   #42
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I'm enjoying seeing you become acquainted with your new rig, Roland.
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Old 03-14-2015   #43
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Thanks, Jamie & Steve.

Needed a print for my office wall. This one from this morning, 15x20:



And - to try out my new to me 50/2.5 Color Skopar - a selfie at the same location ("Seven Sisters", SF):



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The 1st shot above was done with a 300$ lens, the 75/2.5 Heliar, at f5.6 or so. Quite an amazing performer, IMO. To show how the large print will look like a 100% crop:



And the 50/2.5 (US 330 two weeks ago on ebay) is almost just as good (I will try another LTM adapter in the future). Here is a crop from the second picture:



So, the morale for me is that the latest Leica doesn't really need the latest Leica lenses to make good use of its sensor.

Last, a comment on the M's 75mm frame-lines: they are perfect. Feel much better than on my film Leicas (M4P and M6). The 240 is a perfect 35/75 machine.

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I love your photographs Roland. Especially your landscapes. But your journey with this camera is going to slow, only on page 3? Get out there man & shoot!
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I love your photographs Roland. Especially your landscapes. But your journey with this camera is going to slow, only on page 3? Get out there man & shoot!
Well, thank you much . You are right, of course, and I feel guilty. Unfortunately, too much going on at work currently.

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... a comment on the M's 75mm frame-lines: they are perfect. Feel much better than on my film Leicas (M4P and M6). The 240 is a perfect 35/75 machine.
Yes! This is one of the nice surprises for me. M240 75mm frame lines are much easier for me to compose versus my film M and the M9. Also they are brighter in the low club lighting I shoot in frequently.
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Thanks for looking in, MCT. And happy birthday !
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Interesting beautiful landsscapes, this thread is going to become dangerous...
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PS: I already have that 75/2.5...
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Good to see you using a Skopar 50/2.5. One of my favorite lenses.
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Thanks for looking in, MCT. And happy birthday !
A fine thread indeed, and thanks!
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At the local air museum with the Nikkor 35/1.8:

The first Drone (Boeing "Condor", wingspan of over 200 feet):



747 Engine:





727 Cockpit in color:



And finally, a 5005 shots:



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Thanks Helen and Robert !

They had a Messerschmidt "Kabinenroller", too (again with the Nikkor 5005):



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1st day of spring, and a SOMKY ...
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1st day of spring, and a SOMKY ...

... with the same Summicron as shown in post #8:



I figured in California, wild Poppies would be appropriate:





No LV needed

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Learning how to use CornerFix. Not perfect yet, next time I will set a different lens profile when shooting.

Anyways, this is the 28mm Color Skopar, my only lens that appears to require corner color correction ...

The RAW file (need to clean the sensor soon ...)



This is the JPG from the camera (in-camera digital yellow filter), straightened, cropped, some dust removed and level'ed to the left a little:



After cornerfix and dust removal. Contrast and colors left alone:



As Calibration Source I took a photo of a white LCD screen. Maybe this can be improved ?

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I have enjoyed reading your 'diary', some wonderful photographs.

I particularly like the this one, beautiful sun and light!

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Early morning view from our deck (90/2.8 Tele Elmarit):



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The M's first business trip
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The M's first business trip

One week in Asia, half in Beijing, half in Taipei. The way the scheduling works is: you reserve a week, buy tickets, and then the schedule is packed with meetings and dinners. The only free time is some gaps on the week-ends and in the evenings, usually. I have to admit I was hesitant to take the M traveling. But it's what it's made for, right ? So here we are, adding M + 28 Ultron and 75 Summilux to my backpack everywhere I go.

Last Thu and Fri, dinners with the team in Beijing. Being a German, I was taken to "Paulaner" Beer-Garden, in case you wonder about the Dirndls.

The team having fun:



Team member portraits:

Michael:



Yuchun:



Vinod (my boss):



Gang:



Some of Paulaner's staff:





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Business trip (2): Beijing sight seeing
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Business trip (2): Beijing sight seeing

Fri evening, just enough time to leave the office and catch the sunset at 7:20 pm, for some post cards:

Forbidden City:



Beijing Sky-Line:



Tiananmen Square:



Must have walked about 10 clicks on Fri night. Even close to midnight, the streets were still full:



Street Vendors:





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Business trip (3): In Taipei
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Business trip (3): In Taipei

In Taipei since yesterday. This morning, still in jet-lag, post-processed the above pictures, and some photos taken going out for dinner last night:

The "Snake Alley":



Visiting a local temple:







I'm quite pleased how the M handles hand-held in the dark ... No flash in my bag in case you wonder.

Note that what appears as being slightly unsharp in pic #2 above is the Lux's glow wide open ...

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Wow Roland, this is the first time I saw this thread! I like the SF photos, and the ones from China and Taiwan. The selfie is great too! A friend of mine just got a monochrom and I'm urging them to post their first selfie!

You should buy my I-50 12-blade UltraFlare 2.8 to see how the sensor deals with it!

Did you deplete your film supply? Do you miss film?
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Just dropped on on this thread for the first time. Enjoying your journey with the M240, Roland. Nice pics! Keep them coming..
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Thanks, Ted, Lynn and Helen. Ted, my freezer is still well stocked. Once the digital honeymoon is over, I'm planning on using film in parallel for B+W.

Today, it's hot and humid in Taipei. Sun morning outside and Chinese Mango ice cream makes for a perfect breakfast:



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Business trip (4): Last Roll
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Business trip (4): Last Roll

Back home, post-processing the last shots.

Another team dinner, this time in Hsinchu:

Debbie and An-Chang:





John:



Mark:



Finally at Taipei air-port:



The smoking room:



That's all from this trip, folks. Cheers,

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Nice work Roland ... you seem very comfortable with the 240.
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Nice work Roland ... you seem very comfortable with the 240.
Thanks Keith. I mostly treat her like a film Leica and she seems to enjoy it

My technical lessons learned on this trip:

- It's a sturdy camera; after > 20k flight miles, in backpack with laptop, schlepped around everywhere, including taxi, bus, subway and train, everything is still perfect, including the RF alignment.
- Great low light camera with the two fast lenses that I used.
- Most photos require only minimal post-processing. All I do typically, is to add a yellow filter for B+W conversions (and preview like this in camera), crop and twist a bit, sometimes pull the shadows and add a contrast curve.
- The 75 Lux does well on the 240. No problem focusing without magnifier, etc. Better 75mm frame-lines than any other Leica that I have used. Some people complain about softness, but Big Bertha does well enough for me; below a crop of the Forbidden City photo above.
- Never delete a photo when chimping ..... (please remember that I'm a digital nooby). I can recommend CardRecovery to recover an erased Flash drive in the road ...

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PS / for the mods: RFF now seems to limit (and autoscale) photo inline postings to 1000 pixel on the wide side, which is annoying. And I wonder how much the picture degrades when JPEGs are down-scaled via html. Not really motivating for a picture poster, I feel.

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One last one from Beijing, of the Forbidden City, taken with the 75 'lux, and stitched in AutoPano Pro.



(with new RFF policy, click on photo for larger size)

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San Francisco Carneval (1)
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San Francisco Carneval (1)

This morning, taking only a small 50mm:



Slight drizzle, grey sky, many people were obviously cold.

First some photos on the street:











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San Francisco Carneval (2)
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San Francisco Carneval (2)

Next some B/W:









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San Francisco Carneval (3)
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I usually prefer portraits in B+W. Sometimes I'm not sure though, the M does good with skin tones.

I'm sure she would prefer the color one:





Opinions ?

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San Francisco Carneval (4)
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San Francisco Carneval (4)

And a couple more that I post processed this morning:











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That Color Skopar 50/2.5
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That Color Skopar 50/2.5

As a side note, the 50mm Color Skopar is often called soft. And it's true, if I compare infinity shots with 50/1.5 Nokton or Summicron, the Skopar has just slightly less resolution. Note that when you close down, it also shifts backwards like many 50mm lenses.

Its has very pretty OOF rendering however, handling is great, and for the above type of photos it sure is sharp enough. An example crop:



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I don't understand the rap on the 50 Skopar either. In my experience, it's plenty sharp, more than a match for my scanning and developing skills at any rate. Your photo above also shows that the lense is quite sharp. It also illustrates another reason I like the Skopar: it renders just as well with color as with black and white.
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