Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Handpicked deals...
$90 $65
SAVE $25

$390 $270
SAVE $120

$1798 $1598
SAVE $200

$3297 $2797
SAVE $500

$3397 $2797
SAVE $600

$150 $90
SAVE $60

$1398 $898
SAVE $500

$3698 $2998
SAVE $700

$2998 $2498
SAVE $500

$1799 $1299
SAVE $500

$1999 $1199
SAVE $800

$2299 $1599
SAVE $700

$2399 $2049
SAVE $350

$2799 $2399
SAVE $400

$2799 $1899
SAVE $900

$1199 $920
SAVE $279

$1349 $1049
SAVE $300

$997 $897
SAVE $100

$2099 $1699
SAVE $400

$1999 $1349
SAVE $650

$1999 $1599
SAVE $400

$1999 $1999
SAVE $0

$1329 $929
SAVE $400

$4499 $3999
SAVE $500

$329 $329
SAVE $0

$1499 $999
SAVE $500

$1499 $1289
SAVE $210

$1299 $1124
SAVE $175

$2199 $1999
SAVE $200

$3399 $2199
SAVE $1200

Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro
Only $1799 $1149

8GB / 256GB SSD / 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i5

Apple Refurbished Factory Sealed
Apple 1 Year Limited Warranty
Awesome for a student!

Leica M Usability and Versatility: Reader Experience

Reader Frank G writes:

Forget about close-ups with a rangefinder, it's the wrong tool for the job; use a DSLR. However, gluttons for punishment might consider the 90mm f/4 Macro-Elmar-M.” [quoted from Leica Guide]

I laughed when I read this in your Leica Guide. You are very correct.

I've sold most of my DSLR gear including my (Zeiss 100mm macro, 35mm 1.4), and Nikon 24-70mm to purchase Leica gear. Lately, I've regretted that decision, because I try very hard to use my 75mm Summicron for close-up photos, but fail most of the time. It could be that my lens is calibrated for the M9 and not my film M since it is the latest copy (Feb 2011). I don't know.

As far as medium/long distances, its one of the sharpest lenses I've ever used though. I've also tried the 90mm Summicron ASPH, but that lens is even tougher to use than the 75mm even with a longer focus throw, so I gave it up. Of course it could even be lens/body combinations, but still, it's a hassle to send a lens and body back to Leica for re-calibrating. But will that even work?

At this point I'm now considering lightening up my rangefinder kit to buy some nice Zeiss/Nikon lenses that I adored and miss a lot. I still have my D700 which is so heavy compared to the Leica rangefinder system which is why I got into Leica in the first place. Wouldn't it be nice to have the best of both worlds in one system!

P.S. The Leica dealer that I use hinted to me that the M10 will have a reflexive electronic viewer. I guess we will wait and see.

DIGLLOYD: In my experience, getting consistent results with lenses beyond 50mm on the M bodies is pretty tough, especially if one is shooting at f/2 or f/2.8, where there is no room for error. I go into these issues and many more in my Leica Guide.

We are not yet at the stage where an M body can be anything other than a camera for a few purposes. I like it for landscape photography and documentary shots. While it can be used for portraiture, that requires cooperative subjects; it’s very difficult for other subjects such as moving children because focusing is slow and error prone (movement of one inch of subject or photographer throws it off also!), unless one stops well down.

I certainly would never sell my Zeiss 100/2 or 35/1.4 as those are world-class lenses one should keep for the long term.

Leica M9P

Deals Updated Daily at B&H Photo
View all handpicked deals...

Samsung 2TB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive (Black)
$390 $270
SAVE $120

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2019 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.