Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux II Pre-asph

leica summilux 35 1.4 pre-asph

Glow

The lens is a bit soft, suffers from chromatic aberrations and vignettes at f/1.4 maximum aperture. It produces soft glow with shallow depth of field and has a swirly type of bokeh when shot wide open. Hence its nickname, the “Leica glow”. This type of soft and glow bokeh—people either love it or hate it.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

Although there are many sharp lenses in my collection, I also like the beauty of photography, not just the perceived technical perfection. The special dreamy glow cannot be recreated with software, it can only be achieved in-camera. ​It is excellent for street portraits with its glowing effect and becomes very sharp when stepping down the aperture like every other Leica lenses.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

In fact, in the three “Leica Glow” lenses I have used, “Leica Glow” is not so easy to appear, especially in film photography and low light environments.

Bokeh

It is neither the smooth and buttery total background obliteration of Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 ASPH nor is it the progressive blur bokeh of Summicron 35mm f/2 v4(7-elements)—though it is closer to the latter.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

Its important to be clearthis is no where near a perfect lens. Even though the “Leica glow” lets you shoot at f/1.4 – it shouldn’t be used at this aperture all the time. If you want a sharp f1.4 lens then you wouldn’t want to go near this old lens, insteadits either the Summilux 11874 or the Summilux 11663 you should be going for. If you want a legacy lens with Bokeh and sharpness you would be much better off with the Leica summicron 35mm f2 v4. The “king of Bokeh” will give you bokeh and sharpness, but what it won’t do is give you the “Leica glow”.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

Not every photo looks good under f/1.4. Stopping down the “Leica glow” yields excellent results. I noticed that at every aperture between f/2.8-f/8 the “Leica glow” almost up there with “king of Bokeh” in regards to resolution, colors and vignetting.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

Balance

When Summilux 35mm ASPH lenses are optically better than this old lens, why would anyone want to use it? Its current popularity is no doubt due to its low cost, not its ‘soft glow’.

LEICA 35MM SUMMILUX F1.4 PRE-ASPH

What I wanted, and got from the lens was the swirly bokeh and the dreamy glow the lens produces when wide open. The softness and vignetting are mitigated a lot with smaller apertures. Consider its small size and light weight, it’s well balanced on a Leica M.

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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 elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 ASPH Black & White Film

leica m3 + leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8
This lens is optimised for digital photography and has significantly reduced image field curvature in comparison to the previous model.
Used Leica Elmarit-M 28mm F2.8 ASPH Lens (11677) W/ Box, Case, and Lens hood, and all caps.

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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
Lens mount - Leica M-bayonet
Number of lenses /groups - 7 /5
F stop range - f/1.4-f/16
Angle of view diagonal - 64 degrees
Filter type - E41 - A46.5
Accessories - Hood: OLLUX 12522
Dimensions length x diameter - 38 x 53 mm / 1.50 x 2.07 in
Weight - 245 g /8.64 oz M3 - 195 g / 6.88 oz

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My experience with Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs (kodak black & white films)

Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films
rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs black & white films

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements Black & White Film

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements with black & white films
Production period: 1965-1972 Code: 11801(black)
Serial#:2,061,501-2,533,850 Total production: n/a
Maximum aperture: 1: 2.8
Focal length(nominal): 28mm Angle: 760
Minimum distance: 70cm
Weight: 225 grams Filter: E48 or Series VII Recorded sales figures: n/a

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