LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON review

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LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON

In the 21mm lens, LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON is the most special. A total of about 6,000 diameter lenses are produced. It’s a pity not to experience Leica’s super wide-angle lens. LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON, the color is thick, just like the thick sense of history.

LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON is designed and produced by Schneider, Germany. This is the second marriage between Leica and Schneider, the first time is the lens of leica 5cm summarit f/1.5.

LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON has not been updated from 1963 to 1980. Until the Leica m5 was compatible with this lens, the m5 could not be metered. Leica was redesigned.

LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON


It started in 1958 and ended in 1980.

The first version of Super-Angulon 21mm f/4 is designed and produced by Schneider and sold by Leica. They are all silver and have L39 screw and M ports. 0 distortion.
The second edition of Super-Angulon 21mm f/3.4, silver is rare, and the black version was produced in the late 1960s. Available on leica M9, ​​M8, M6, M7, MP, Minolta CLE, but cannot meter. The lens number is 2,473,252. After the transformation, it will no longer affect the metering of the fuselage, and it can be used on M5 and CL

LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON


Filter: 48mm UV, VII.
Hood: 12501
Front cover: 14102
Rear cover: 14042
Stock: less than 6000.
Focus lever: metal crescent focus lever.
Minimum focusing distance: 0.4m

Although it is available on the leica M9 digital camera, the screen will appear red-shifted and cannot be metered.

LEICA 21mm f/3.4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON

Bokeh

Although there are only four aperture blades, the bokeh is still very smooth. The closest focusing distance of 0.4m is equivalent to f/2 bokeh at a distance of 0.7m for a 35mm lens.

color

This color is very outstanding.

Black and white film

Like ink painting, the layers are very beautiful, and the picture is thick and heavy. Quickly look at the old black and white movie of Hitchcock, it really looks like.

Sharpness

Sharp enough.

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Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

The Leica summicron 50mm f/2 rigid is the most beautiful lens in the Leica 50mm lens. Leica lenses in the 1950s and 60s are very delicate and beautiful like the Leica m3. There is a clicking sound when turning the aperture ring, crisp and sweet. It’s a pity that this sound can’t be heard in later Leica lenses.

Rigid performance is very good, whether using film or digital.

Later summicron 50mm f/2 DR used the same optical design. DR can shoot at closer distances and is used as a macro lens. But many people prefer rigid because of its simplicity.

If elmar 50mm f/3.5 established the authority of the early Leica, rigid led the new trend of lenses after the 1950s. After decades of rigidity, even today, it is still the top lens. It is the world’s first lens designed using a computer. It is Leica’s first lanthanide glass lens.

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

Lens glass

In 1949 Leica developed its own lanthanide glass to increase the refractive index and reduce dispersion. This glass is not radioactive. Rigid uses leaded glass, which can increase the refractive index.

Sharpness

The rigid is not sharp, but delicate. Especially the minute details are abundant. And from high light to shadow tone is very natural, which makes many people obsessed.

Digital

Glare when facing the light.

rigid version

Narrow focus ring and wider focus ring.

Some are in feet scale, some are in meters scale, and some are in meters + feet.

There are L39 mouth and M mouth.

In the late 1950s, there were a black paint rigid version and a black paint DR version, which were good collections.

In some versions, the depth of field has a lettering at infinity. 7 or 18 represents the actual focal length of the lens is 51.6mm, 8 or 19 represents the actual 51.9mm, and A represents 52.2mm.

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leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 asph

leica m3 + summicron-m 90mm f2

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 asph
This is a Leica compact 28mm lens. The f/2.8 aperture is good for a wide-angle head. It was not my original intention to buy this elmarit 28mm, it was bought with the camera kit.

This is an asph lens. Compared with pre-asph lens, its advantage is small, but its disadvantage is lack of personality. Compared with summicron 28 f2 asph, elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 asph has only price advantage.

My favorite Leica 28mm lens is elmarit 28mm f/2.8 v1. It is the only 0 distortion lens in the Leica 28mm lens.

Although the later ASPH version has improved corner sharpness, the old version of the lens is still irreplaceable.

leica m3 + summicron-m 90mm f2

Leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 asph is sharp when focusing accurately, and elmarit 28mm f/2.8 v1 is more three-dimensional when focusing is not accurate. In fact, street photography is often too late to focus.

leica elmarit m28 2.8 asph is digital friendly, there is no doubt about it. It came along with the Leica m8.

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leica 35mm f/1.4 summilux pre-asph leica glow review

leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph

Leica fans have at least two 35mm lenses:


There is a sharp lens, as fine as a needle, capable of stitching time with water.
There is a soft lens, it is as sweet as cherry, and it can feel sour with eyes.
leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph, with both personalities. It has the characteristic “leica glow” that many people like.

In 1960 Leica released the world’s largest 35mm lens. The world’s smallest 35mm lens with 1.4 aperture. It is the longest lens produced by Leica.

Many people used leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph, but could not find leica glow. Leica glow does not appear just by taking a photo. When? When the aperture is f1.4, photograph the object in the noon sunlight.

where is leica glow

I’m talking about being in the sun, not talking about shooting at the sun! If you are stupid enough to shoot at the sun, then you will not find leica glow, you will find light leakage, the shutter curtain is burnt! If you don’t use f/1.4 aperture, sorry, you can’t see leica glow. If you are in the shade, sorry, you will not see leica glow. If you are indoors, sorry, you will not see the Holy Light.

leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph

You will only see leica glow under strong light and high contrast. It’s a cloudy day, under the shadow, and indoors, it turns into a great lens, and the aperture of f/1.4 can also be trusted.

Bokeh

Leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph is 80% similar to summicron 35mm v4 at aperture F1.4.
Leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph is 90% similar to summicron 35mm v4 at aperture F/2.
Leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph is 99% similar to summicron 35mm v4 at aperture F/4.

leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph VS summilux m35 1.4 ASPH

The asph version is the winner at any aperture. But in size, pre-asph is the winner. Many people like leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph mainly because of its small size.

leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph

Hood

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Contax G2 Review (black&white film)

Contax G2

Human beings cannot meet the future, otherwise no one will make so many beautiful film cameras. The contax brand has reappeared in the public eye. Contax T3 heats up first, and contax g2 heats up.

The contax g2 is a super cheap rangefinder camera, the autofocus version of the Leica m. Contax g is younger and more seductive than Leica m. If Leica m is “he”, contax g is “her”.

Contax G2

Cheap

Fuji X-PRO1 is more like a digital version of Contax G. Contax G was not cheap in the 90s, and now the price is very acceptable. A brand new Fuji X-pro series camera is several times more expensive than the Contax G2. If you like the experience of the X-pro series, you can treat contax g as its film version.

Porsche is responsible for the design

For people who are used to Leica, the electronic camera can easily be regarded as a toy. However, after all, contax g2 is also a brand of German Zeiss. The contax g2 is designed by Porsche. It is also a professional model in a rangefinder camera.

auto focus

The rapid autofocus of contax G2 surprised me. I didn’t expect such a high-speed focusing system in the 1990s. The lineup of lens groups equipped at the time was also very strong: 16mm, 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, 45mm, 90mm. These lenses are very practical and the imaging is excellent.

Manual focus


Autofocus cameras are not good at taking pictures on the street. The Contax G2 is specially equipped with a manual focus dial, which is very useful for street photography.

Contax G2

Waste of film

I told my friends that I got a contax G2. He said it was a camera that wasted film. He was right, the film was finished soon, so fast. Autofocus, automatic filming, you just need to press the shutter.

G2 VS G1


G2 increases the focusing speed. G1 is very cheap. G21 white label cannot be used for G1 white label, G1 green label can be used. G2 supports all lenses.

Disadvantages

Counter liquid crystal leakage is a common problem. It is also a common problem that plastic handles will peel off.

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leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with blak&white film

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim lens and its accessories are collectors’ favorites. They are beautiful and rare. But many people like to take photos with leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim.

Many people say that it is not sharp at f/1.4. I have used a leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim, in fact, it is good enough. Because the aperture f/1.4 is used only in low light, imaging is very good. At aperture F/2.8 is sharp enough, not much different from Leica’s summicron 35mm.

If you want a particularly sharp lens, then any Leica summicron is fine. The leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is not as sharp as a modern asph lens at aperture F/1.4.

Leica leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is very dramatic at aperture f/1.4, it is very sensitive. leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim sometimes gives you sharpness, sometimes it gives you overall soft effect.

People who purchase leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim must already own a lot of Leica lenses. Nowadays few people use it to take pictures. It is the world’s first 35mm lens with f1.4 aperture and the most beautiful one.

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim
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minox 35 mb with black & white films

minox 35 mb with black & white films

Minox was originally a spy camera. This gene seems to be inherited to minox35. Minox35 uses normal 135 film, which is very compact and durable. Minox is now a subsidiary of Leica.

Compared with Contax TVS III and Minolta TC-1, the biggest advantage of minox is that it is cheap and light.

First minox is equipped with top German lenses. Although it is a plastic body, it is very strong. The advantage of plastic is that it is lightweight, and the shirt pocket can be put in.

The minox structural design is simple and effective. Plateaus and snow mountains can work. This machine has a very large quantity and is cheap. If it is worn out, replace it with a new one.

MINOX is Andy Warhol’s favorite camera, he has a lot of minox with flash. The minox with flash is very cute, and the flashing photos are also very cute.

minox 35 mb with black & white films
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leica iiig review ( with elmar 90mm f4 black & white film)

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

There are many models of Leica L39 cameras that look very similar. The biggest feature of IIIG is the two square windows in front. The Leica M3 was introduced in 1955, followed by the IIIG in 1956, and IIIG production continued until 1960. With the development of the Leica M camera, the Leica L39 camera gradually withdrew from the market.

Japan has always had a lot of L39 camera enthusiasts, and for some time Leica produced L39 lenses exclusively for the Japanese market.

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

A large number of Henri Cartier Bresson’s photos were taken with the L39 camera, and many of his own portraits also carry the L39 camera. The Leica camera that really experienced World War II is not the Leica M, but the Leica L39 camera. It can be said that the Leica L39 camera is the spiritual origin of Leica.

I think Leica is reluctant to discontinue IIIG, why? Because there are no accessories. After World War II, Leica IIIG’s design drawings and production processes were lost, and qualified workers could not be found. Due to lack of means of production, the quality of IIIC IIIf shrank seriously after the war. Instead of continuing production, it is necessary to rebuild the production line, and the various costs are simply not as good as rebuilding a system. This gave birth to the Leica M.

However, in order to meet the needs of a few users, Leica continued to produce a small amount of IIIG, and eventually used up all the stock parts. However, these are my personal guesses.

leica iiig vs leica m3

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

Functionally speaking, all the functions that M3 has are available in IIIG. There are 2 biggest differences in function:

  1. M3 has merged the viewfinder and focus windows into one window.
  2. M3 has merged the shutter dial and slow-gate dial into one disc.

M3 is an upgraded version of IIIG, which had epoch-making significance at that time. In addition to the two upgrades just mentioned, there are three changes:

  1. The M3’s back has added a back cover that can be lifted to facilitate film loading.
  2. The film transition from the original rotation to a wrench increases the film speed.
  3. The top of the machine is more concise and neat.

IIIG also has advantages:

  1. Large focusing window, easy to focus with 90mm lens.
  2. Ultra-light weight, not tired to hang on the neck, nor to sink in the pocket, the essence of Leica
  3. Cheap price, the best IIIG is the price of ordinary color M3.
  4. Easy maintenance.
  5. The diopter adjustment is gone on the M machine, while iiig is kept. iiig disadvantages

It is inconvenient for L39 camera to install film. The film needs to be cut on one side, otherwise it cannot be loaded into the body.

Compact lens

leica sa21mm f/4
28mm 6.3
elmar 35mm f/3.5
summaron3.5
summicron 50mm f/2
elmar 50 3.5
elmar 90mm f/4

L39 lens


The Leica L39 camera is arguably the best L39 camera in the world. Imitations are everywhere in the world, and Canon, Nikon and other companies have also produced a large number of L39 lenses. In addition, Ricoh, Minolta, Pentax and other companies have also produced a large number of L39 limited edition lenses.

L39 camera It represents the mechanical art of Leica.

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leica summicron-m 90mm f2 v1 review (black & white film)

leica m3 + summicron-m 90mm f2

There are three versions of the first generation leica summicron 90mm f/2. The optical design is the same. The main difference is the appearance.

What I like the most about leica summicron 90mm f/2 is the design of the hood. When the lens cover is pulled out, the lens hood is pulled out one by one, and finally the lens cover is removed. I have never seen a lens with such a magical design. Later Leica summicron m90/2 E55 and 90 AA did not have such a design.

The biggest weakness of the 90mm lens is the long focusing stroke and slow focusing speed. Another big weakness is the weight and size. The 90mm lens is actually a very useful focal length, especially for street photography. There are many masters of street photography with 90mm lenses in history. In fact, 90mm lens is most suitable for portraits.

For a 90mm lens, the biggest problem is not the sharpness problem, but the hand shaking problem. The success rate of 1/8s is still very low, and 1/15s is not much better. An iron hand is better than sharpness, trust me.

leica summicron 90mm f/2 v1 vs v2 v4

leica m2 + summicron 90mm f/2

The more sensible choice is the second-generation summicron m90/2 E55. The price is similar, but v2 is more beautiful, lighter, and smaller. The cheaper 90/4 is more cost-effective.

90mm VS 75mm

The 75mm frame is a problem, and many Leica m cameras do not have a 75mm frame. Any Leica m camera has a 90mm frame.

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contax g2 planar 45mm f2 black&white Image Simples

contax g2 planar 45mm f2

Zeiss style

The color of ZEISS is impressive. The colors pop out and are naturally bright and pleasant. Color is very subjective, and Zeiss is indeed a master.

Bokeh

The bokeh of the contax G45 is pretty good. After all, a 50mm lens cannot have a smoothness of 90mm. The closest focusing distance of the G45 is 0.5 meters, and a very smooth bokeh can be obtained at close range. The Leica standard lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.7 meters, which is not as close as the g45.

Hood

The metal hood is small and exquisite, very practical and very beautiful.

At the same time, attaching the UV and the hood will slightly block the viewfinder, the lower right corner, but it is very slight, it is nothing.

contax g2 planar 45mm f2

T*

The imaging is very good when facing the sunlight, and the colors are also very real.

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