Old 04-16-2008   #41
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It's also a great one lens kit for general use, works fine even at the RD1 crop fl.

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Old 04-16-2008   #42
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I know what you mean! It's been permanently attached to one of my bodies since I've gotten it back, I cant get enough of it!
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Great photos, Marc, and congratulations again !!

Here are a couple of my recent shots with the beast:









First three on Reala, last on Ilford 400.

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Two samples from a borrowed 'lux and RD-1.
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Excellent photos! Roland, your first one of the flower with the football shaped bokeh looks like a Noctilux photo!
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Eeeek..

I promised myself I wouldn't "need" to go longer than 50mm but holy cow.. 75mm Summilux..

Quick question: what's a good price for this lens on the used market? I mean, I know it's going to be pricey but what is considered "reasonable"? Is Leica even making these anymore? I don't see them @ B&H or any other dealer brand new.

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The lens has been discontinued. These days, you should be able to find a good one for roughly $2500. Lots of money? Yes. But wow!!

I should add that prior to getting this lens, I was a committed 50mm shooter. But recently, I have been photographing almost exclusively with the 75/1.4 and a 35mm. Once you get the hang of 75mm, it does feel very natural, at least it does to me.
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The lens has been discontinued. These days, you should be able to find a good one for roughly $2500. Lots of money? Yes. But wow!!

I should add that prior to getting this lens, I was a committed 50mm shooter. But recently, I have been photographing almost exclusively with the 75/1.4 and a 35mm. Once you get the hang of 75mm, it does feel very natural, at least it does to me.
Thanks Marc.

I've got a line on one for $2700 - and ya.. that's pricey - but looking at these images and thinking "hmmm.. I adore 85mm for portrait work with my 5D's.. so why wouldn't I like 75mm on the Leica . . . " makes me think that it's not that expensive

I think I'd be the same as you (committed 50mm shooter now but willing to be swayed) and I have been considering a 90mm elmarit but man.. seeing these wide open shots makes me drool.

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I should have made clear that $2500 is a good price for a Canadian 75/1.4. The German made lenses usually sell for a couple hundred dollars more.
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Thanks Marc.

I've got a line on one for $2700 - and ya.. that's pricey - but looking at these images and thinking "hmmm.. I adore 85mm for portrait work with my 5D's.. so why wouldn't I like 75mm on the Leica . . . " makes me think that it's not that expensive

I think I'd be the same as you (committed 50mm shooter now but willing to be swayed) and I have been considering a 90mm elmarit but man.. seeing these wide open shots makes me drool.

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I need to get out and use my 75mm Summilux lens more often! It is large and heavy, and difficult to focus correctly at f1.4 or f2, but the images are superb. Too bad Leica discontinued it.
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summilux 75, indoors

the summilux 75 was the second lens i bought for my m8. even with a 1.35 magnifier, i still have problems getting the focus right. as you've all said, however, the lens has character, and is worth the extra effort. the two photos below are from recent visits to the local hospital - one natural and one fluorescent lighting. thanks for looking.

greetings from hamburg

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Nice shots........I too thought it was hard to focus. That's why I sold mine and got another.
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summilux 75

i've been looking through this thread - there are some amazing photos here, not all perfectly sharp, but most with a definite "look" to them which i'd like to achieve with my own shots. here's a third one, of my current favorite model (a.k.a. mother-in-law) where i'm quite happy with the early evening light, if not with the focus on her eyes.

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nb, wonderful it looks like you're getting accustomed with M8 it is not bad color shoots either. wow
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Old 06-14-2008   #62
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Here is an example how sharp the lens is around f4 or so. On 100 Reala, Nikon 5000 scanner.

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PS: I shot this for my daughter, the girl you see ... Check out the fence below her.

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Old 06-15-2008   #63
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from last weekend here in chicago.







this is very much a favorite lens even though it's the newest in my arsenal.
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More Bertha Photos, please

Jamie might remember this one ...



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stunning lens

Hi Cmogi10

have to say you have taken some stunning photos, and put up here. Have to ask these are on a film M yeh? with what film do you normally use, the guy with the lip ring, looks like neopan400.

You mentioned you have m8 at one point, i will be stunned if you favour this over film. IMO digital files with good glass looks great (i have rd1 with 50mm summilux, BUT use an m3 if thinking about shots a bit more. For me film still portrays life -

No doubt your going to prove me wrong here and confirm you use an m8...

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have to say you have taken some stunning photos, and put up here. Have to ask these are on a film M yeh? with what film do you normally use, the guy with the lip ring, looks like neopan400.

You mentioned you have m8 at one point, i will be stunned if you favour this over film. IMO digital files with good glass looks great (i have rd1 with 50mm summilux, BUT use an m3 if thinking about shots a bit more. For me film still portrays life -

No doubt your going to prove me wrong here and confirm you use an m8...

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I love this one Roland! It's a terrific photograph.
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I should have made clear that $2500 is a good price for a Canadian 75/1.4. The German made lenses usually sell for a couple hundred dollars more.
Last Sunday, I bought a German 75/1.4 that was fresh like as if it were a demo. Sold without box or case the price was $1849.00 plus NYC sales tax. I also discovered this same lense was being offered at $2300.00 on E-Bay at the same time. I received the web page price without a fight. Thank God for computer errors!!!

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Thanks, Marc !

There is still a BGN v2 (Canada) at KEH for US 1799, BTW

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Here's my very first frame with a 75mm Lux acquired two weeks ago. Thanks for all the guidance that helped me decide on this.

The focus is on the foreground right at f4. At f1.4 the background was soup.

M7, PanF + Rodinal 1:50

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i've been busy lusting after the Noctilux and barely gave the 75 Lux a thought until i tried it in a store yesterday.... oh my! what an amazing lens!!! the thin DOF at f/1.4, combined with the sharpness (but not clinically so) of the area in focus possibly made this the most superb lens i've ever used. truly stunning!

i took a mundane shot of a tripod leg in the store that shows it off beautifully, wide open on my Epson R-D1, JPEG straight from camera. i so want this lens!!!
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Here's my very first frame with a 75mm Lux acquired two weeks ago. Thanks for all the guidance that helped me decide on this.

The focus is on the foreground right at f4. At f1.4 the background was soup.

M7, PanF + Rodinal 1:50

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M7, Lux, wide open, BW400CN



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Thanks Rick,

I think I really like the Lux with film versus digital - just my opinion.

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so you've finally made friends with it (i remember it was a little hairy at first). beautiful!!!
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so you've finally made friends with it (i remember it was a little hairy at first). beautiful!!!
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Ya.. it was hairy because I was using it strictly on a digital body - it looks to be "different" (for the lack of better wording) on a film body (i.e. M7)

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Dave,

after processing the test shots, i see what you mean. there is a gracefulness in the plane of focus wide open on film that doesn't necessarily translate to digital (as your photo shows)... argh! probably not the right wording wither, but i understand what you mean. digital can be a little harsh.

again, really beautiful photo.

(and i'm still in awe of this lens)
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i'm reviving this thread in hopes that someone can answer questions about getting a ND filter so i don't have to start a new thread....

i finally bit the bullet and will be getting one in a few weeks. mostly low light, indoor shots -- but i also thought it would be a hoot to use whilst sitting in outdoor cafes, sipping wine. i'm still using the Epson R-D1 which only goes down to ISO 200 with a fastest shutter speed of 2000. for sunlight, which ND filter would be best from all your experience? i would definitely like the option to shoot wide open.... also, how much of a pain is it getting the filter on and off (i'm getting a late German model with the built-in hood).

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i'm reviving this thread in hopes that someone can answer questions about getting a ND filter so i don't have to start a new thread....

i finally bit the bullet and will be getting one in a few weeks. mostly low light, indoor shots -- but i also thought it would be a hoot to use whilst sitting in outdoor cafes, sipping wine. i'm still using the Epson R-D1 which only goes down to ISO 200 with a fastest shutter speed of 2000. for sunlight, which ND filter would be best from all your experience? i would definitely like the option to shoot wide open.... also, how much of a pain is it getting the filter on and off (i'm getting a late German model with the built-in hood).

thank you in advance!
I use a 2-stop (0.6 / 4x) B+W filter and find that allows me to cater reasonably in many circumstances (using an M3 with a max of 1/1000 or Hexar RF with 1/4000 and sensible film choices). I find the filter quite easy to get on and off.

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