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Firmware Update for Leica SL

See my Leica SL wish list.

Leica has issued firmware version 2.1 for the Leica SL.

The lack of specificity is disappointing, with nothing to point to improvements in autofocus that might address the issues I encountered in June using firmware 2.0.

Version 2.1 New Top Features:

  • Support for Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 (MAC)
  • Support for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® Tethered Plug-In 1.1.0 (MAC)

Improved overall performance

• overall system stability improvements

• overall performance improvements

Bug Fixes:

• Bugfix: in some rare cases the lens profile data were missing in the DNGs

• Bugfix: in some rare cases the camera used “P-mode” for M lenses

• several minor bug fixes

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Drawing Style

See my Zeiss DSLR lenses wish list.

Here I’m discussing the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Canon or Nikon, not the fabulous Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon (entirely different optical design) for Leica M.

See Guide to Zeiss for my reviews of Zeiss DSLR lenses.

To say it up-front, the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon (for Canon or Nikon) is not the strongest f/1.4 performer in technical terms out there; the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II is better corrected for color, for example.

But in sheer drawing style terms, the Zeiss 35/1.4 Distagon is worthy of consideration; it has the most “painterly” style of any lens I can think of. Sometimes rendering style is a priority over technical performance (not that the 35/1.4 is lacking when stopped down).

I have no idea if and when an all-new 35/1.4 design is coming or if there will be a Milvus version released with the current optical design (unlikely). But in terms of classics, the ZF 25mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 35mm f/1.4 Distagon are two lenses to consider for their classic drawing style.

For the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, there is a $400 mail-in rebate and 4% rewards for a net price of $1443.

The about $1004 Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon (Nikon only) does not have a rebate, but it has 4% rewards.

See all Zeiss lens rebates.

This image is f/1.4 from the f/1.4 - f/13 Aperture Series: Bristlecone Vista, Late Dusk (Canon 5DS R).

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E

Get Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED at B&H Photo.

Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED

Well, that f/1.4 aperture at 105mm sure looks interesting.

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three Extra Low-Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Protective Fluorine Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

I do hope that the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED does not have the same breakdown in image quality at close range as the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G, but perhaps the 105/1.4E ED will be able to deliver the same impressive sharpness at f/1.4 as the Sony 85m f/1.4 GM: with 14 elements in 9 groups I expect very high performance.

It’s a shame that the 105/1.4E has no aperture ring to allow easy shooting on Sony mirrorless or on specialty rigs like the Cambo Mini View Camera; that would add versatility and value. But these days none of the new Nikon AF-S lenses do. I like the cross-platform flexibility of a real aperture ring as on classic Nikkors, or Zeiss DSLR lenses.

Specifications for Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED
Focal length: 105mm
Construction 14 elements in 9 groups
Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16
Aperture blades: 9 blades
Magnification: 0.13X = 1:7.7
Minimum focus distance: 3.28 ft / 1 m
Angular of view: 20° 10'
Filter thread: 82mm
Weight (nominal): 2.17 lb / 985 g
Dimensions: Approx 3.72 x 4.17 in / 94.5 x 106 mm
Street price: about $2196
Includes: 82mm Front Lens Cap
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Entering a new realm within the short telephoto lens market, the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens from Nikon is an incredibly bright portrait-length lens designed for FX-format F-mount DSLRs. The f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over focus for shallow depth of field imagery.

Maintaining clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range, the optical design utilizes extra-low dispersion glass to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and a Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to reduce flare and ghosting in strong lighting. Availing a range of unique possibilities for a telephoto lens, the combination of the 105mm focal length and fast maximum aperture greatly benefit portrait photographers as well as event shooters.

Balancing the optical attributes, the lens is also characterized by a Silent Wave Motor that produces fast, smooth, and quiet autofocus capabilities, along with the ability to manually override focus at any time for more selective control. An electromagnetic diaphragm is also featured for greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

  • This bright short telephoto prime lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs and can also be used on DX models, where it provides a 157.5mm equivalent focal length.
  • Awesomely fast f/1.4 maximum aperture enables precise control over depth of field when working with selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
  • Three extra-low dispersion glass elements are used in the optical construction to reduce a variety of chromatic aberrations for a high degree of clarity and color neutrality.
  • A Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
  • Fluorine coating on exposed elements affords protection to the optical system.
  • Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that is ideal for photographing fast-moving subjects.
  • Full-time manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems by just rotating the focus ring at any time.
  • Internal focusing design maintains the overall lens length during operation and contributes to a lighter overall weight, as well as a minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
  • Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
    Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
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My Workhorse Display, on Sale (NEC PA302W)

See my display reviews.

My workhorse display, the NEC PA302W is available at a good price of $1849 with the SpectraView II color calibration software and hardware. It’s not the lowest price that it has been, but it’s a good price. The PA302W GB-R LED backlighting affords an incredible gamut and outstanding grayscale neutrality—better than the white backlights in most displays which may measure neutral but have a visible magenta tint to the eye.

Its sibling the NEC PA322UHD is also discounted at $2799.

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Samsung EVO 4TB SATA SSD

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Perception and Imaging

I’m re-reading Perception and Imaging, by Richard D. Zakia. Highly recommended.

This time I went with the Kindle edition, which is a joy to read on my big-screen NEC PA322 UHD and/or the late 2015 iMac 5K (presybopia makes books a physical headache for me).

See also:

The use of wide apertures for landscape photography is a type of figure-ground (aka positive-negative space) approach. I need to refresh my memory on some of the nomenclature, as well as to remind myself about seeing in new ways, so I felt it was time to re-read this book.

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Hasselblad X1D-50C To Ship Aug 30

See my Hasselblad X1D-50C wish list at B&H Photo.

See previous blog posts:

The Hasselblad X1D should start shipping August 30, according to the B&H web site.

According to Ming Thein, demo cameras began being sent out in July, with production cameras scheduled for late Agusut.

Thanks to readers Hien N and Daniel T for pointing out that there has been no delay. B&H original listed July 29 as the ship date, erroneously.

I wonder if the X1D will be able to be supported on the Cambo Mini View Camera? Michael D writes that “it has been confirmed that the X-1D does not have a full electronic shutter mode, so no-go on the Actus unless someone comes up with some kind of hack”.

Hasselblad X1D-50C shipping status

 

MacBook Deal

See my review of both the 2015 and 2016 Apple MacBook.

This MacBook is something I could hike with; it fits beautifully into the interior padded slot of my North Face Recon daypack, so it would work great for day hikes or overnighters in the mountains. It weights 2.03 pounds (plus the weight of the USB-C adapter and a camera card reader).

It is not the 2016 model. but at $999 it is tempting.

 

Leica SL Focusing Errors

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post).
See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

Buried in my outpouring of work tw0 days ago is documentation of a critical issue with the Leica SL: autofocus accuracy. After examining the many aperture series I shot, I would say that the Leica SL autofocus errors damaged the sharpness of the majority of my work on a recent trip, by front-focusing errors:

Leica SL: Focusing Errors in the Field

Full resolution images let the reader draw his or her own conclusions. See also:

Aperture Series @ 63mm: Bristlecones on Hillside

Aperture Series @ 28mm: DeChambeau Barn

Aperture Series @ 24mm: Bristlecone Canyon

This June evaluation was with another brand-new Leica SL with brand-new 24-90 (both sealed in boxes days before). The findings errors confirm my January findings in spite of firmware 2.0.

For me at least, the Leica SL autofocus system was a disaster, degrading the majority of my work. I am sure that many users do not see the issue, if for no other reason than shooting at f/5.6 or f/8 or f/11, which often masks it enough to generate a (just) acceptable image. Also, overall contrast of the 24-90mm zoom is superb, which on the whole makes for an image with “pop”. But it does not mean sharp detail, as my many examples show.

By comparison, I had a 100% focusing hit rate using the manual focus Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, as might be expected via the high-res EVF on the Leica SL—it makes very precise focus a joy at f/1.4.

Postscript: people get really angry at blog posts like this, which are intended for SUBSCRIBERS, impugning my work without even seeing the evidence in my review. I’ve maintained my review integrity and objectivity since day one and I will continue to do so, even in the face of ignorance and ill will in emails I receive. The most malodorous type of email goes like this: “this is BS and unless you change your tune, I won’t subscribe”. This kind of of irrationality + threat combination will not make me compromise the integrity of my work, or my disdain for mediocrity. BTW, was it 9 months before Leica fixed the (permanent) black spots damage bug? What about the Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH flare issues? Does anyone else find and reports such things? I’m not going to hold back on flaws that are real and damage my work.

Bob H writes:

I read your latest blog article re the Leica SL auto focusing errors you experienced with interest as it mirrored exactly my findings when using the camera with its "kit" zoom lens. I was very kindly loaned camera and lens by my Leica dealer for a photographic trip around the north coast of Scotland a month or so ago. I had wanted to try out my S lenses on the SL to S adapter but one was not available and I was given the native zoom lens instead. My intent was to try out the camera to test it as a back up for my S system and to use instead of it when more portability was important.

The images from my first day's shooting with the SL were all unsharp enough (just, but noticeably, off) to render them useless, despite being taken using a tripod and an aperture of f8/f11. I didn't notice until reviewing my images that evening in my hotel room, despite having checked them by the camera's magnified image review function as the images were being taken.

That brings me to another issue which is that, despite the EVF being truly excellent, if guilty of blocking up the shadows a little, the review image shown through the EVF or on the rear screen was quite unsharp on the camera I was using and never improved even when I switched to purely manual focusing, using the image magnification function which I found worked a treat. Despite my concerns when immediately reviewing the images in camera, when downloaded and reviewed in Lightroom, images taken using manual focusing were sharp and the quality was what should have been expected from a 24mp sensor and a quality zoom lens.

I advised my Leica dealer of the issues when I returned the camera and lens to them (one of their staff commented that he had the same misgivings) and wrote to my contact in Leica UK to do the same.

I was surprised at the issues and, while thinking they were, perhaps, only peculiar to the camera I was loaned, especially given the, I presume, Panasonic genes of the autofocus system, was concerned enough to strike the SL firmly off my purchase list.

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I use Leica cameras (and now Sony cameras as my own stalking horse) and have done so for years, spending a huge amount of hard earned money in the process. I have mostly had great experiences with, and enjoyment from, those cameras but I sense a real change in Leica over the past few years to a burying the head in the sand attitude and an “I see no ships” approach to recognizing and dealing with “issues”.

In my book, nothing is perfect which is made by Man and imperfections, especially with the complex and sophisticated camera equipment which most of us use nowadays, have to be a given but to not admit to and refuse to recognise those imperfections is unforgivable and folly in a business sense as the faults are never corrected or not corrected properly and the discerning customer never forgets.

I simply don’t understand who tests their equipment for them as the issue was obvious to me after downloading and examining a couple of files. I knew immediately what the issue was and took my own measures thereafter (manual focusing) to dispense with the issue. All I had to do to confirm the issue absolutely was to take a couple of tests shots, using manual focus, to get the focusing spot on, and then use the rear joystick to do a one press autofocus to confirm that the focusing changed and was ever so slightly “off” as a result. Hardly rocket science and something which a seasoned equipment tester should have found immediately.

DIGLLOYD: since the January 2016 Leica SL + 24-90mm firmware 1.x and the June 2016 Leica SL + 24-90mm with firmware 2.0 both had/have AF issues, I have little doubt that the issue is algorithmic and common to all. I’ll also point out that the Leica S also has severe autofocus problems, as I documented across years and firmware versions. I draw a thick bold red line at issues that are usability issues versus issues that damage my images. Autofocus errors cross that line, as did the black spots damage bug in the Leica M Monochrom.

It remains to be seen with the forthcoming Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-SL ASPH whether the AF system has better luck with a wide aperture lens.

As for “who tests their equipment for them”: from what I can tell, Leica does not choose anyone competent to test and validate gear, that skill being one mostly orthogonal to photographic image making (composition and such). I say this because most if not all of the issues I have found (with the M240, SL, Q, S, 50/2 APO) would all have been found by a competent tester prior to releasing the product.

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Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

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Shootout on Leica SL: Leica 24-90/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-M ASPH OIS vs Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 'Fresh June Snow on White Mountains'

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

Eye opening, and blinding in the glare of reality, outside the Leica distortion field.

Shootout: Leica 24-90/2.8-4 vs Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon: Fresh June Snowfall on White Mountains

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution from both lenses, from f/1.4 - f/8 for the ZM 35/1.4 and from f/3.1 - f/8 for the Leica 24-90mm.

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Leica SL: Hot Pixels + Pattern Noise at ISO 100

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

In Guide to Leica I was preparing another aperture series for the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, when I was startled to see severe hot pixels (and some pattern noise) at base ISO 100 at only 4/10 second. Yikes!

      ƒ:  1.4,    2,  2.8,   4, 5.6,   8,  11
seconds: 1/30, 1/20, 1/10, 1/5, 0.4, 0.8, 1.3

Leica SL: Pattern Noise and Hot Pixels at ISO 100

Includes RawDigger analysis and images up to full 24MP resolution, along with two large crops for viewing convenience, at all apertures from f/1.4 to f/11.

I’m not talking about a few hot pixels at 4/10 second, but thousands that dominate the image in all dark areas. The reduced-size image below hides them, but they are prominent at full-res.

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: DeChambeau Barn (Leica SL)

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

This flat-field subject is a tough test of any lens.

It is also a moiré inducing target, one reason that I strongly dislike relatively low resolution 24MP full frame sensor cameras, whose resolution limits and Bayer matrix sensor are prone to digital artifacts with high performance lensese.

In Guide to Leica in my review of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon:

Aperture Series: DeChambeau Weathered Barn (Leica SL)

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution, over the full aperture range from f/1.4 to f/11.

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Miner’s Coveralls + Moiré with Leica SL

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

In Guide to Leica are two pieces, one lens-oriented, the other on the ugly digital artifacts that result from using a relatively low-resolution 24MP sensor without an anti-aliasing filter :

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Miner’s Coveralls (Leica SL)

Leica SL: Color Moiré Example

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution, at f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8.

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Relief for Women and Men + 5 More (Leica SL)

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

The overall look and feel of imagery from the ZM 35/1.4 is highly appealing—very sharp with moderate vignetting wide open, ultra low distortion, extremely well controlled aberrations, almost no field curvature and no focus shift.

This medium-range with far background scene looks at overall rendering style, with an eye towards sharpness and control of aberrations in out of focus areas.

In Guide to Leica in my review of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon:

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Relief for Women and Men (Leica SL)

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution, over the full aperture range from f/1.4 to f/5.6.

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And six more:

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Assay Shack Warm Sunset (Leica SL)

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Old House at Dusk (Leica SL)

Aperture Series: Wyman Canyon Lower Cabin Interior (Leica SL)

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Lincoln Electric Clock Light (Leica SL)

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Museum Outdoors (Leica SL)

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Assay Room (Leica SL)

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Mining Store Cabin (Leica SL)

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

The overall look and feel of imagery from the ZM 35/1.4 is highly appealing—very sharp with moderate vignetting wide open, ultra low distortion, extremely well controlled aberrations, almost no field curvature and no focus shift.

This full-range scene looks at overall imaging style and sharpness at medium range.

In Guide to Leica in my review of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon:

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Mining Store Cabin (Leica SL)

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution, over the full aperture range from f/1.4 to f/8.

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Cash Register (Leica SL)

Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post). See also my Leica M wish list and Leica SL wish list.

Yesterday I stated that the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon is my preferred lens on Leica M. As it turns out, based on the images I shot during my June trip with the Leica SL, the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon is also my preferred lens on the Leica SL.

In Guide to Leica in my review of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon:

Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Cash Register View, Mining Museum (Leica SL)

Includes images up to full 24MP resolution, over the full aperture range from f/1.4 to f/16.

This close-range scene shows the rendering style of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, with both foreground and background blur, so the bokeh style to be seen is full range.

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Pentax K1: SuperRes Pixel Shift Mode in the Field: Two Landscape Images

See my Pentax K1 wish list at B&H Photo.

The Pentax K1 SuperRes pixel shift mode has some severe limitations for field use (see the extensive discussion in my review of the Pentax K1), being not only intolerant of subject movement, but also intolerant of changes in lighting.

But I wondered—could I get away with high quality results for sunset/dusk scenes with relatively stable light and reasonabl shutter speeds around 1/5 second?

In my review of the Pentax K1:

Pentax K1 SuperRes Pixel Shift: Two Field Shots at Sunset (White Mountains)

Includes images up to 28 megapixels along with large crops and RawDigger info and ACR conversion settings and commentary.

Still Growing: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Sees its 1,460,000th or so Sunset
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Pentax K1: File Quality and Noise from ISO 100 to ISO 204800 (Jagged Bristlecone Stump)

See my Pentax K1 wish list at B&H Photo.

File quality of the Pentax K1 is amazing. In this piece, I show the RawDigger histograms for all ISO values, including histograms for dark tones which show the best (smoothest) pixel quality I’ve yet seen from a 35mm full frame camera—even through ISO 800.

In addition to the RawDigger analysis, entire frame images are shown at 58% of actual pixels (12.4 megapixels) as well as 12.4-megapixel actual pixels crops, all from ISO 100 through ISO 204800.

In my review of the Pentax K1:

Pentax K1 ISO Series 100 to 205K, Jagged Bristlecone Stump

The Pentax K1 has a mighty impressive sensor even in its StdRes mode. SuperRes pixel shift mode is even better, but cannot be used when there is any change in lighting intensity or color, as was the case here.

Weathered Ancient Bristlecone Pine Stump
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I like large cards for my field work. See my Mechanics and Organization section in DAP for things like Downloading and Backing Up Images In The Field.

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Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH in Silver Anodized Finish

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Get the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon in silver or black ($250 rebate at time of post).

It’s only $200 more than the black version (2.5% more at $7995 instead of $7795), so why not?

I like the silver finish a lot, but I’ll stick with the black one I have (even if the huge cost were not a huge issue), since I prefer the Zeiss ZM 35m f/1.4 Distagon which has a much more appealing rendering than the 50/2 APO. Even crazier, the Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 is a huge bargain in the context of M lenses and gives up nothing to any Leica M lens to my eyes. I ordered my very own Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon in silver finish back in 2014 (see my review of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon).

Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH in Silver Anodized Finish
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An In-Depth Look at Focus Stacking in 'Making Sharp Images'

I’ve added an in-depth look at focus stacking in Making Sharp Images.

The examples include annnotation as to where focused, and sizes up to 28 megapixels, along with discussion. The various tips and overview pages should get you started with focus stacking while sharply accelerating the learning curve.

Focus stacking table of contents

Razor sharp from right under the camera to the far distance, with no stacking artifacts.

Ancient Bristlecones Thousands of Years Old Sculptured by Weathering
Focus-stacked image, 6 frames
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