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.


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


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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


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.


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

Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films

I’m not a fan of dual-lens reflex cameras, but everyone says that every Leica user has a Rollei dual-lens reflex camera at home. I think this makes sense.
My camera is a very cheap Rolleiflex mx-evs. This is the last generation of Rollei dual-reflex cameras that can’t change the focusing screen, and there is no metering function. A little bit like Leica’s M3, fully manual, fully mechanical, and the quality is excellent.

Rollei camera is good

Rolleiflex mx-evs, like the early models of Rollei cameras, uses Tessar lenses. Later Rollai cameras used better lenses from Zeiss and Schneider, such as 2.8f and 3.5f. I think any Rollei is very artistic, and the quality of the early models is very good, and the automatic counter recognition is also great. Rollei cameras are as sophisticated as Leica cameras, and very good.

Street photography with Rolleiflex mx-evs

I love Robert Doisneau, a master of street photography who uses Rollei cameras. There was an interesting story back then. The newspaper published Henri Cartier Bresson’s article about Leica’s lightness and portability. The next day, the newspaper published an article about Robert Doisneau’s camera that was good at snapping.

Up to now, many people like to use the Rollei dual-reflex camera for street photography, especially the recently discovered Vivienne Mayer, who is also a master of street photography. She likes the Rollei camera very much.

I used Rolleiflex mx-evs street photography and found it really interesting. The image in the viewfinder is opposite to reality. There is a feeling of being away from reality and entering a world where the left and right are opposite. And the photos taken by Rolleiflex mx-evs are very nice.

However, I found that the 120 model film is very different from the 135 model film. My estimation based on 135 film experience is particularly prone to overexposure. Later it was rarely used.

Rolleiflex mx-evs lens

Square composition, shallow depth of field, these two points are the biggest features of Rolleiflex mx-evs lens. This lens is actually very easy to take good pictures, especially portraits. Many people are obsessed with its beautiful bokeh. The 120-format film used by Rolleiflex mx-evs is four times larger than the 135-format film, making it easier to scan high-quality photos.

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

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

Cookies in the pocket-Leica Leica Elmar35 f/3.5

The designer of Leica elmar 35 f/3.5 is Max Berek, the father of Leica optics. The Elmar 35mm f/3.5 is Leica’s first wide-angle lens, using my favorite Elmar 50/3.5 Tessar lens design. It has many versions with a long history. There are coated, uncoated, chrome, nickel, etc.

Leica Elmar35 f/3.5 is less than Summaron 35 3.5, but the price is similar. If you can meet a good one, please take it immediately. Elmar35, like Elmar50, is an absolutely reliable lens.

Three incredible points of elmar35

  1. Small

Raising Elmar35, its eyes are very cute like three months of Teddy. This is a 35mm wide-angle lens, which is much smaller than summicron m35 2.8. Elmar35 with M2, M4 or M3 is very light and can be put in your pocket. Especially suitable for people like me who take street photography anytime and anywhere. So small, any street photographer will love it

  1. Real.

The photos taken by Elmar35 and summicron 35 f2 are not much different. Although the performance is not as good as summicron 35 f2, it is enough for street photography. The f/3.5 aperture is sharp enough, especially in the center of the photo. Shrink the aperture and the sharpness will continue to increase.

  1. Strong.

The design of the Tessar lens used by Elmar35 has a history of more than 80 years ago. Elmar35 is made of brass. After more than half a century, it still can perfectly accommodate modern digital cameras. Elmar35 is a lens that will never break.


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

Sharpness at aperture f/3.5 is still good. Shrinking the aperture can increase sharpness and also increase the depth of field. In actual use, I will use the yellow filter of leica A36. When the light is too strong, then reduce the aperture. The yellow filter is very friendly to black and white film photography.


Elmar35 has bokeh. 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. When shooting a character, deliberately deviating from the focus, you can get a special soft beauty.

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


Not many a36 series filters are used for uv filters. More are yellow filters, which can shoot healthier skin, and can also enhance the contrast between blue sky and white clouds. In black and white photography, it is still necessary to apply a yellow filter to elmar 35 3.5, you no longer need a lens cover.


Black paint hood FLQOO, I suggest to put one in your pocket. Bring it when you face the light at noon, because ELMAR35 has poor resistance to backlighting, especially in digital. However, more people are willing to collect this hood.


The glare of Elmar35 3.5 is very interesting, the light is evenly distributed to all around.

Digital performance

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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
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 elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements with black & white films

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements with black & white films

28mm lens brings out 35mm viewfinder

The first Leica camera with a 28mm frame line was the M4-P, which was not launched until 1980, and the elmarit 28mm v1 was discontinued in 1972. elmarit 28mm v1 brings 35mm frame lines on Leica M2, M4, M6, M7, Mp, m9, m240, m10, etc. In fact, the edge of the viewfinder is just a 28mm frame. When elmarit 28mm v1 meets M3, it will bring out 90mm and 50mm frame lines.

One day, a friend said that he did not use a 28mm lens because it was too close to 35mm. If you are shooting landscapes in the distance, the viewing angle of 28mm is close to 35mm. However, this is not the case in street photography. The subjects of street photography are very close, at a distance of 2 meters. So in street photography, 28mm and 35mm are very different.

The elmarit 28mm v1 is manufactured in Germany and Canada. In 1969, Canada trial-produced a small number of lenses with the second version of the optical structure. Elmarit 28mm v2 looks very similar to v1, but its number is in the v1 number segment. The plastic focus handle for v2, while v1 is metal.

viewfinder + m3 + LEICA 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit I

Lens collection

Because the quantity is too small, the price of elmarit 28mm v1 lens is very expensive. Many lenses are too new and only suitable for collectors.

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements with black & white films


The more you use Leica, the more sharpness is not important, because in addition to sharpness, Leica has more details. elmarit 28mm v1 not only has sharpness but also details. Whether it is the center or the edge, the sharpness is sufficient.

Digitally compatible

The magic is that elmarit 28mm v1 is compatible with many digital M, including M9, m10, m240, etc., there is no obvious red shift, it is normal to have a slight vignetting. I once did a test, and choosing lens correction in the camera can solve the vignetting problem, but it has fewer features.


The blue color of elmarit 28mm v1 is very layered and not light.

Black and white tone

There are many factors that determine the tone of a picture, such as color contrast, light and dark contrast, and micro contrast… The biggest feature of elmarit 28mm v1 is that it has a delicate tone contrast.

28mm bokeh

No great photographic work relies on bokeh. elmarit 28mm v1 can highlight the main body and make the background retreat silently.

leica elmarit-m 28mm f2.8 v1 9elements with black & white films
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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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