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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leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

artwork summilux

Playing with photography equipment is not a required course for photography. But a lens like an artwork can convey a mysterious energy. Leica sleica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is known as Leica’s most beautiful lens and the most luxurious lens in the 135 camera. The exterior design is beautiful, made of brass, exquisite lettering, it is indeed a work of art.

luxury steel rim

The steel ring in front of the lens makes the lens very luxurious, especially with the hood. Its focusing finger handle is smooth and beautiful.

leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

Leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim versions

Prototype compolux

The aperture ring is flat and has no resistance lines. There are only 2 prototypes, one for m2 version in the Leica Museum, and the other for m3 version in the private, top-level collection.

Black leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

The black body has a silver front ring and silver bayonet. There are versions for m2 and for m3. They are very rare collectibles.

All black leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

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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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