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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Summilux 21/1.4 first pics
Old 03-10-2009   #1
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Summilux 21/1.4 first pics

Three more 'first look' pictures, this time from the 21/1.4. Two are at f/1.4 and the third is at around f/5.6 or even f/8. All taken with M8 (Frances was using the M8.2, which is on the tripod in the pic of her).

Tashi delek,

(Remember that the day I posted this is is Lhasa Uprising Day -- see

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7933207.stm)

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Old 03-10-2009   #2
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Nice pics,how does it balance on your leica body?
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Old 03-10-2009   #3
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the one in the middle is awesome, I like the look very much.
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Old 03-10-2009   #4
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Nice pics,how does it balance on your leica body?
On the neckstrap it tips forwards ferociously, but in the hand it's not really noticeable despite the weight.

Thanks to both of you for the kind comments on the pics. Funnily enough, I don't like selective focus with wide-angles, so I put the middle pic in just to show it can be done.

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Old 03-10-2009   #5
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The second one (in the middle) for me, too. Were these taken with your M8.2, so the FOV equals ~ 27mm ? Did you test the lenses with one of your film bodies, too ?

Thanks for sharing !

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Old 03-10-2009   #6
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Dear Gabor,

Thanks for the kind words. Only M8/M8.2 so far -- film to follow. Original post modified to state this. Equivalents are 21mm = 28mm and 24mm = 32mm.

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Old 03-10-2009   #7
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Looks like a great lens. If I could only find a way to afford one!.....
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Thanks for posting. I would be interested to know up to what distance you can have the subject at f1.4 and still have significant OOF area behind?
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Roger,

Great stuff, particularly No. 2.

Regards to Frances

Belated Losar Tashi Delek!
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Thanks for posting. I would be interested to know up to what distance you can have the subject at f1.4 and still have significant OOF area behind?
A vast amount depends on enlargement size, and on whether you are using it on film or on digi (different degrees of enlargement for the same sized final image), and even on the subject matter, but I'd say that for a really marked effect it was no more than a metre or at most two. The lens focuses to 0.7m. Marked d-o-f at 3 metres at f/1.4 is about 2.5 to 4.5 metres. You have however given me an idea for oblique tests at various distances for my web-site review, when I get around to it.

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Roger, thanks for posting the above photos...but what do the film results look like. As digital crop factor to 27 looks very clean. I have only film Leica's. So for me the comparison between the receent 21 ASPH and the new F1.4 is more about the differences from the 12mm band to the corners of my negatives. I hope your going to get any opportunity to let us see some film examples. All the best...Laurance
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Dear Laurance,

In due course, naturally -- and there will be full reviews in Shutterbug and on our website. I just thought people might like to see some early shots first.

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Summilux 21/1.4 first pics
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Summilux 21/1.4 first pics

Hi Rogers,

Nice lens for sure, but I think that my Super-Angulon is good enough for me. (I am maybe not good enough for her...).

You both look like beeing very nice people.

Cheers from Portugal,

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Love the second picture. One of those 21/1.4 ASPH has my name on it. Like to see some pix with 100 Ektar and K200.
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Second picture is pure class.
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Tom A. has a Summilux 21/1.4 and is posting photos to his Flickr gallery.

Thanks for sharing Roger... this is one lens I wish I could afford.
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Seeing these and other recent examples, I'm persuaded it's in fact a good thing that the lens is priced so high I could never aspire to own one. Look forward to seeing more and reading the reviews, Roger.
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I have now returned it to its rightful owner - he did extend the lending period, if I wanted - but to quote a famous NRA member he would have had to wrestle if from my "cold, dead hands".
It is nothing short of spectacular - very sharp at f1.4 - which is were I shot 85% of the shots. Once you stop down to f-4-5.6, just about all 21's perform well.
Do I want one - oh yes!. Do I need one, probably not, but kudo's to Leica for coming up with it and of course, at some time I will break down and get one. Wonder how one can rig one of the lotteries? I dont need the big multi-million $ win - just enough to cover the cost!
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On the neckstrap it tips forwards ferociously, but in the hand it's not really noticeable despite the weight.

Thanks to both of you for the kind comments on the pics. Funnily enough, I don't like selective focus with wide-angles, so I put the middle pic in just to show it can be done.

Cheers,

R.
Roger,
Does your selective focus dislike extend to low light shots where wide open is the only option? Or are you only talking about seriously wide - unlike say with a 35/1.4 Summilux? I just wondered, because I know you've always been a great advocate of fast lenses esp. the 35mm just mentioned.


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