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Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Examples: Yosemite and White Mountains (M9)

These examples were taken with Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH.

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Backfocus

My evaluation sample had a backfocus problem even worse than with the 21/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH, enough to ruin the comparisons I had shot (I had no time to test before leaving for a trip). Accordingly, sharpness tends to be biased slightly to the rear in these examples, with a slight loss of crispness in areas closer to the camera, contrary to my intentions. The effect is modest, and probably would go unnoticed to most observers, and the forward field curvature mitigates this issue for certain images. Remember, it’s matter of centering the zone of focus where desired, and with 3D subjects at f/8 one can get away with a lot, since the zone is fairly deep once one gets a bit distant from the camera. Had I known in advance, I would have biased focus slightly forward.

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f1.4 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 160; 2010-06-09 20:24:29
M9 Digital Camera + Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH

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