Leica CM a Compact Leica M Camera

LEICA CM

Compact Leica M

The Leica CM viewfinder is more to the left than the Minilux, and has a manual focus selector with a focus by wire manual mode, making CM a Basic Rangefinder. CM is a compact M camera.

Operating a Leica CM is similar to operating any other point and shoot camera but there are a few additional precautions that can be taken to ensure quality photographs. 

Center Focus

LEICA CM

It can only focus on a spot in the center of the image. If someone moves, you’re back to square one.

Minimum Hand Held Shutter Speed

In general, the guideline is that the minimum handheld shutter speed is the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens. For a 40mm Leica Summarit lens, it’s 1/40th of a second. It can be a bit too slow to take sharp photos of all but still human subjects. If you’re trying to take close up portraits, for example, someone will almost certainly move and look fuzzy.

LEICA CM

Not Too Close

Although the CM viewfinder shows the focus setting, the lens and the viewfinder are completely separate. When you get too close, you probably aren’t going to get the picture you intended to get.

Manual focus

In Manual mode, Leica CM is similar to Leica M system. Experianced shooters can focus anywhere else in the frame, they ​learn by how much to move the focus dial to compensate blindly.

Attention

The focus dial moves very easily out of position when one tries to change the diaphragm value or take it out of the bag. When focusing is performed manually, the corresponding distance is also displayed on the camera back LC-Display.

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LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3 Review

Hektor is a Dog

LEICA 28mm HEKTOR F/6.3

The maximum aperture of a lens is important that it’s included in the name of the Leica lens itself. But this lens is an exception. The maximum aperture of the Hektor lenses is 6.3 to 2.5. Hektor is an optical structure with 6 elements in 3 groups. The name is taken from the name of a dog raised by optical designer Berek, and Hektor is also the name of a hero in Greek mythology.

Small aperture

We are conditioned to constantly be chasing huge apertures. With a massive aperture like f/0.95 or f/1.0 Leica Noctilux we automatically assume quality. However, in most situations it is simply not relevant. Small apertures will still produce beautiful images. Apertures at around f/5.6 and f/8 are often the apertures that will maximise the sharpness of a lens. 

Street Photography

LEICA 28mm HEKTOR F/6.3

This small lens packs a big punch for taking photos in the streets. Its maximum aperture is f/6.3. That’s too small as opposed to the f/1.4-f/2 options. Nonetheless, it will give you both your foreground and background are as sharp as possible from front to back.

When choosing lenses for street photography, we usually want achieve the maximum depth of field by choosing a small aperture. F/5.6 – f/8 are loved by street photographers because of the large depth of fields, and there needs to be enough light too.

Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers gravitate toward small aperture settings, such as f/8, f/11, and even f/16. 

Digital M

The big problem that arises is that the dust spots you have on your digital Ms sensor become painfully visible. Dust spots are clearly visible due to a small aperture. Dust spots are annoying because you have to clone them out later in the post-processing. For this reason alone, you may want to avoid LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3. With film, it’s not a problem.

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Leica Mini 3 Point and Shoot Film Cameras

Leica mini 3

It is a Budget

There are so many point and shoot cameras to choose from. Whether you need a budget-friendly option with less advanced specs or you’re prepared to pay a little more to have the Contax T-Series. 

The Leica mini-Series cameras are some of the most cheapest point and shoot Leica cameras, and the newest model is the mini 3. When you are on the street, it’s crucial you realize you are holding a “mini Leica,” a spirit throbbing with LEICA signature.

It is a LEICA

The Leica mini 3 take all the hassle away from photography by providing an all-in-one camera that can fit in your pocket.  Without the need to change lenses you can spend more time with your girlfriend, they’re small so you can take it anywhere and the image quality is good. They’re great for taking on holidays, day trips or on street for casual snapping. 

It is a SUMMAR lens

The Leica mini 3 is a favorite of many Leica photographers as it features a 32mm f/3.2 LEICA SUMMAR lens and is small enough to fit in your back pocket so you can keep it on you at all times! The Leica mini 3 is lighter than Leica CM which features a 40mm f/2.4 LEICA SUMMARIT lens .

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Contax g2 Planar 45mm f2 Black&White Review

contax g2 planar 45mm f2

Contax and Leica “Normal” Lenses

Old lens life is the crossing of a sea, where we meet in the same narrow ship. The Contax G45 lenses are every bit as good as Leica non-ASPH 50 lenses. The G45 have slightly redder in color rendition. And the Leica is silky smooth. I took some great images with it, the G45 being my favorite with G1.

Zeiss Look

The Contax 45mm f2 is an autofocus rangefinder lens for the Contax G1 and G2 cameras, that offer the distinct ZEISS look; a unique, unrivaled image quality defined by its sharpness, color, and contrast. Shooting at f/2 the image appears to pop out of the background.

Beautiful bokeh

Don’t worry ti is not a very fast lens. By increasing the distance between the background and your subject (0.5 -1meters), you can see smooth bokeh in images. Other distances are a bit harsh.

Hood

Contax GG-2 Lens Hood, Chrome, for 45mm f/2

This lens hood is used to protect your lens from scratches or other possible damage. Make sure to use a lens hood to protect your lens in the case it is dropped.

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Leica Elmar 35mm f/3.5 With Black & White Film Review

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Cookies in the pocket Leica Elmar35 f/3.5

When I am no longer able to change my vision, I am challenged to change my lens. Max Berek creates 35mm and 50mm    ‘cookies’. Tiny and beautiful. Sometimes I don’t want to bring a camera bag, so I put another Elmar in my pocket with my cookies.

“It’s a Elmar.”

“It’s a cookie.”

“It’s a cookie Elmar.”

“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Beautiful and Strong

This 80 year old lens is like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong. Elmar35 is made of brass. After more than half a century, you can also use it on digital cameras using an adapter. Elmar35 is a lens that will never break.

Street Photography

This    Elmar 35mm is an ideal fit for street photography with a film camera. Many prefer it permanently mounted on the camera, ready for instant use, instead of the collapsible 50mm Elmar.

Sharpness

Although the corners can be a bit soft when shot wide open, the center of the image is sharp. Shrinking the aperture can increase sharpness and also increase the depth of field.

Bokeh

You read it right, it did have bokeh when wide open. The bokeh as seen here is very pleasing, being natural and rounded. A bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v1, and a bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v4, or a mixture of them. It is not a ‘Dream Lens’, but you can take a nap.

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Filter

Leica yellow filters for A36 is a good filter to use to increase contrast and tonal separation for black and white photography. Because a yellow filter absorbs blue, it provides significantly greater contrast between blue and yellow or white subjects.

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Leica Elmar 50mm f/3.5 With Black & Bhite Films Review

Leica 5cm 3.5 Elmar with black & white film

The Birth of Standard lens

The Ur-Leica of 1914 is the prototype for the first line of cameras that used film in the 24 x 36mm format. It is known that Barnack built at least three UR Leicas and experimented with lenses, the retractable Mikro-Summar 42mm f/4.5.

The technical definition of a standard lens is one whose focal length roughly matches the diagonal or the film. For a standard 24 x 36mm format camera this gives a focal length of around 43mm. In reality, the actual focal length designed by Ernst Arbeit seems to be closer to 43mm.

Max Berek calculated the Elmax 50mm f/3.5 lens for the Ur-Leica, with “Elmax” being an abbreviation of “Ernst Leitz and MAX (Berek)”. In the production Leica I, the 42mm lens was replaced by the optically superior Elmax 50mm f/3.5.

Since then, 50mm has become the standard lens, although some companies do sell lenses which are closer to 43mm focal length.(Pentax 43mm f/1.9, Contax 45mm f/2)

Safe and Comfortable

I love the tiny collapsible 50mm Elmar f:3.5. I’m too shy to use a big lens for street photography. When there is so much light, I set the aperture at f5.6 – f8, Elmar 50mm makes me feel safe and comfortable. All I need is an ISO 400 film and I am ready for some serious streetwork.

Tessar-type

This was one of the best Tessar-type lenses of the day, made of 4 elements in 4 groups, with some loss in the outer zones when used wide open. I find it is sharper than the Summar and Summitar by stopping down, even just a stop or two. But not only does Elmar f:3.5 take much sharper pictures. Contrast it is much better, too.  

All uncoated lenses have lower contrast and flares which were best for me on BW.

f22 Red Scale.

I’ve got several 3.5 Elmars smallest aperture is f/18. Only one is the last series with f:22, and the red scale.

On Digital Ms

The lens can be used on digital Ms with an L39-M adapter. But Collapsible Lenses Cause Sensor Dust. I use 3.5 Elmars all the time and have noticed more dust using them. I find the Leica M9 sensor seems to like collecting dust a little more than my DLSRs which have built-in automatic sensor cleaning . 

It would be possible that collapsing or uncollapsing the lens pumps air along with dust into the mount. I provided you do not collapse it when it is mounted on the digital M camera.

I’m not willing to clean my sensor more often knowing that I get non-collapsible lenses on Digital Ms. There’s another way, instead of worrying about digital sensor collecting dust, shift your energy to shooting film.

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Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid Is The Second Choice

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

Sound

I like the sound of turning the aperture ring. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem. It’s a pity that this sound can’t be heard in later Leica lenses.

Beautiful

No other 50mm lens in the world is as beautiful as Leica Rigid. The sad truth is that certain types of things can’t go backwards. 

On CMOS and CCD

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid is a lens that performs really well on both film and digital. It has a gentler rendition, lower contrast on CMOS and CCD sensors.

Condition

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid is not so easy to find in good optical condition. It’s pretty rare for a lens of that age to have no damage. 

Price

I have got myself a 50mm f/2 Rigid For a very good price. However, its price has doubled in the past 5 years. You are going to find Summicron-M 50mm V4 if you are on the budget.  Rigid is the second choice.

Rigid VS V4

The Rigid is supposed to be sharper than the collapsible ones. I pretty much exclusively use the Summicron-M 50mm V4 now as my 50mm, which has better coatings and may even be sharper. 

Rigid DR

The Rigid DR is great, but a little bit heavy. Rigid was best for me on BW, V4 is amazing on color. Personally, I don’t recommend DR, If you get the DR and later get a digital Leica you will need a different lens. 

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Leica MP Black Paint Never Grow Old

Leica MP (black paint)

 Leica MP still in production

I love Leica MP black paint as certain old things are to be loved, between the past and the future.

MP retains the metering system of the M6, which can provide an exposure indicator, and it will not affect the shooting when it is out of power. The MP shutter dial is similar to the M3.

Why does the Leica MP still in production?Why does the sun go on shining?

Black Paint Never Grow Old

Leica mp is available in black and silver. Many people like black paint because it will appear brass after a long time, that is beautiful.

I’m curious how many pictures have been taken to make it look wise. The years know the answer the days never know. Polished to leak copper, make it reborn, irritating and pulling wind. Black paint never grows old. ‘Black paint’ restores what ‘silver’ cannot repair.

Black Chrome vs Black Paint

Black paint was normally for special models and MP. Black paint is for users who don’t mind leaking copper.

Black chrome is real metal plated over the camera. It is for photographers who want their cameras to remain pristine. Black chrome has a normal black body, such as M5, CL, M4, M4-2, M4-P, M6, M6TTL, M7 and digital Ms.

leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film

version

2003 Hermès version, 35 f2 asph lens, 500 units.

2003 LHSA 35th Anniversary Model, 35mm f2 asph lens, fast film advancer, 1400 units.

In 2004, 600 Japanese customized black lacquered versions, 35 f2 asph, fast film advancer, and hot shoe engraved between 1-600.

In 2005, there were 500 Hong Kong customized MP CLASSIC black lacquered versions without light meter and no battery.

2005 MP3 500 black, 500 silver, M3 top cover, old Mp counter.

2006 m3J 200 units.

2007 Titanium coating MP, customized in Japan.

2009 50 units Ralph Gibson custom black chrome version 50 units.

2009 Customized Edition of the People’s Republic of China with summilux 50 1.4 asph, painted gold.

Customized for the 20th anniversary of the M3P Leica Store in Vienna in 2011, M3 styling, Noctilux 50 0.95 lens.

leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film
leica mp + summicron 35mm f2 asph + fomapan400 film

Leica M6 is Stuck, Leica M6 is Popular

LEICA M6

Leica M6 is Stuck

One, remember to look through the viewfinder and not through the film counter window. Because the Leica M6 film counter is stuck. There are plastic parts under the film counter, which can break and the counter cannot reset to “0”.

Two, never take a closer look at the top plate. Many Leica m6 top plate finishes appear to be bubbling up under the paint.

Three, if you are lucky enough to find a new special edition, remember it is limited and don’t use it, it should stay in the Moisture Proof box.

Leica M6 is Popular

You like Leica cameras not only because of their appearance, but because they are easy to use, buy, and repair. The Leica m6 is such a camera.

M6 is the first M with in-camera metering. Metering is one of the most important aspects of film photography, especially for the newbies who switch from digital to film.

Not every photographer likes to run through the Sunny 16 rule to shoot a film. It’s not accurate.

Maybe, have an In-camera metering, that is the reason why Leica M6 is so popular.

LEICA M6
LEICA M6
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Why is Leica M4 Black Baint Cheaper?

leica m4 + elmarit 28mm 2.8 v1

Black Paint, Black Magic

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.  I can get magic with Leica M4 black painted, not only Leica M4. Some of the M2, M3 and MP black painted are excellent.

“Black paint is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Plastic Parts

The M3 and M2 were the last “all metal” Leica’s. The Leica M4 has ​Film Winding Lever Plastic Parts. The ‘plastic’ on the autotimer and frame preview. These Plastic Parts are pure functional, you will not find any plastic in the M4.

leica m4 + elmarit 28mm 2.8 v1

“All Metal”  or Comfortable

The plastic tip is actually a clever design, it can’t jab you, it can make your fingers comfortable. I don’t know how it happens. People like “all metal” more than comfortable, and so do I. 

Why is Leica M4 Black Baint Cheaper?

Two ‘comfortable’ don’t make a metal’ , they make a good excuse, excuse to save money. A Leica M4 black painted in good condition cannot cost much more than a M2 and M3 BP.

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