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Digital Sensor Technology

Digital capture technology is discrete, and not the same as film..

Leica M Typ 240 Compared To Full Frame Cameras

Relative sharpness and performance across cameras..

Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-SL ASPH OIS

All-arounder zoom with dubious optical compromises..

Considerations in choosing a lens.

Focal lengths, color, weight and travel considerations. [relevant, but dated/old material].

Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s best-performing 21mm..

Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (2010 FLE)

Leica’s superlative and most natural lens for the M..

Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH

Leica’s f/2 35mm for the M..

Leica M 50mm Lenses

Six models to choose from..

Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

Leica’s longer tele for Leica M..

Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-R ASPH

Compact lens for portraiture or similar..

Zeiss ZM 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Notes and examples..

Zeiss ZM 18mm f/4 Distagon

Compact high performance, ultra low distortion..

Zeiss ZM 21mm f/2.8 Biogon

Moderate speed high contrast ultra-wide..

Zeiss ZM 21mm f/4.5 C-Biogon

Zero distortion ultra-wide..

Zeiss ZM 25mm f/2.8 Biogon

Compact wide angle with brilliant contrast..

Zeiss ZM 28mm f/2.8 C-Biogon

Compact wide angle..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Fast and ultra high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon on Leica SL

A star performer sets the standard on the SL..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2 Biogon

All around razor sharp performer..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.8 C-Biogon

Ultra compact high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens..

Zeiss ZM 50mm f/1.5 C-Sonnnr

Fast classic normal lens.

Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2 Planar

Pleasing and relatively inexpensive normal lens.

Zeiss ZM 85mm f/2 Sonnar

Ultra high performance (discontinued).

Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar

Compact high performance medium telephoto..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2017

2017-07-12 Leica M10 Examples with 18/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH and Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Dana Lakes Hike

2017-07-05 Leica M10 Examples with 18/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH and Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Saddlebag Lake

2017-07-04 Leica M10 Examples with 18/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH and Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Saddlebag Lake

2016

2016-07-27 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Drawing Style

2016-07-23 New Coverage of Leica SL, Leica 24-90mm Vario-Elmarit-SL ASPH, Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

2016-07-22 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'

2016-07-21 Leica SL: Hot Pixels + Pattern Noise at ISO 100

2016-07-21 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: DeChambeau Barn (Leica SL)

2016-07-21 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Miner’s Coveralls + Moiré with Leica SL

2016-07-20 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Cash Register (Leica SL)

2016-07-20 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Mining Store Cabin (Leica SL)

2016-07-20 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Cerro Gordo Relief for Women and Men + 5 More (Leica SL)

2016-06-18 Reader Comment on Inquiries

2016-06-11 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon on Leica SL — a Joy to Focus and Still the Best Overall M Lens

2015

2015-05-22 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Green Lichen on North Side of Barn (M240)

2015-05-20 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Plants Eking Out Light Inside Barn (M240)

2015-05-20 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Rusty Barn (M240)

2015-04-29 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Now IN STOCK

2015-03-31 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Shipping, and Its Lens Shade

2015-02-17 6-way Shootout at 35mm: Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 35/2 Biogon, 35/2.8 C-Biogon, Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II ASPH, Leica 35/1.4 Summilux, Leica 35/2 Summicron

2015-01-20 Sony Kolarivision A7R.MOD: Performance with Zeiss ZM 21mm f/4.5 C-Biogon (a worst case)

2015-01-11 6-way Shootout at 35mm: Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 35/2 Biogon, 35/2.8 C-Biogon, Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2, Leica 35/1.4 Summilux, Leica 35/2 Summicron

2015-01-05 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Lens Rendering Aperture Series: Rocky Hillside

2014

2014-10-18 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Ideal Match for the Leica M Typ 240

2014-10-14 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: a Study in Quaking Aspen

2014-10-13 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: More Field Examples

2014-10-11 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Granite Glacial Polish to Cloud’s Rest

2014-10-11 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Exfoliating Granite and High Cloud Sun Drama'

2014-10-11 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: I rate it the best M Lens Available

2014-10-10 6-way Shootout at 35mm: Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 35/2 Biogon, 35/2.8 C-Biogon, Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2, Leica 35/1.4 Summilux, Leica 35/2 Summicron

2014-10-10 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: More Field Examples

2014-10-07 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Rotten Chair'

2014-10-05 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Examples at f/1.4 in Eastern Sierra and White Mountains

2014-10-02 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Rendering Style Sets New Benchmark

2014-09-24 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon In the Field

2014-09-17 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Backlit Redwood Grove'

2014-09-17 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Fading Maple Leaves in Backlit Creek'

2014-09-16 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Leica M: Best 35mm M Lens Yet?

2014-09-16 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Big Leaf Maple'

2014-09-16 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Redwoods and Ferns'

2014-09-16 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Aperture Series 'Underwater Maple Leaf'

2014-05-28 Which 50mm Lens for Leica M?

2014-04-15 Future Sensors: Will they be Friendly to Rangefinder Lenses? (Ray Angle)

2014-03-31 Secondary Color Correction with Leica 90/2 APO, Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar, ZM 85/2 Sonnar: Barn Interior (Leica M240)

2014-03-28 Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar Aperture Series: Teak Bench (Sony A7R)

2014-03-20 Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar Aperture Series: Olympic Bar (Leica M240)

2014-03-20 Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar Aperture Series: Picnic Table (Leica M240)

2014-03-20 Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar Aperture Series: Teak Bench (Leica M240)

2014-03-20 Zeiss ZM 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar and the ZM 85mm f/2 Sonnar

2013

2013-10-22 Eye Detection in Sony A7R: It’s About Time

2013-10-22 Sony NEX A7 and A7r: Leica M Lenses to Work Well?

2012

2012-07-07 Reader Comment: Zeiss ZM 15/2.8 Distagon on Leica M9, Corner Fix

2012-01-11 Leica Guide: Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 Biogon + 35/2 Biogon Examples

2012-01-08 Sony NEX-7: Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 Biogon and 35/2 Biogon Examples + Noise Reduction by Downsampling

2012-01-08 Sony NEX-7: Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2 Biogon Aperture Series

2011

2011-06-23 Leica M9: Leica 21/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH or Zeiss ZM 21/2.8 Biogon?

2010

2010-02-18 Zeiss ZM 15mm f/2.8 Distagon on Leica M9

2010-02-14 Leica M9 review: examples and more with Leica 75/2 APO-Summicron-M + Zeiss ZM 25/2.8 Biogon

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