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Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-23-2018
Replies: 405
Views: 141,604
Posted By asiafish
I just received my chrome 50/1.5 VM today and am...

I just received my chrome 50/1.5 VM today and am quite impressed. Checked critical focus at all MFD and all apertures and it was pretty close to dead-on with my M-D (ever-so-slightly back-focused at...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-09-2018
Replies: 170
Views: 86,525
Posted By asiafish
I bought this lens, tested it for a few days,...

I bought this lens, tested it for a few days, then returned it and bought the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon ZM. The Zeiss is fantastic, no appreciable distortion, sharp at every distance and aperture...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-29-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 18,629
Posted By asiafish
I just went through the same process myself,...

I just went through the same process myself, though I was looking for a second body to go with my F2A. My F2A is black and I keep it loaded with black and white film, and I wanted a chrome body to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-04-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1,670
Posted By asiafish
How about a used Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron. You...

How about a used Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron. You can probably find a user-grade v4 (same optics as the current model) at around $1000 and it might be all the lens you ever need.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-04-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 5,964
Posted By asiafish
35/1.4 LUX FLE or 50/0.95 NOCT, there is just...

35/1.4 LUX FLE or 50/0.95 NOCT, there is just magic in those two.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-22-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 3,334
Posted By asiafish
Three months in with the M-D and it remains my...

Three months in with the M-D and it remains my absolute favorite camera.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-22-2017
Replies: 247
Views: 20,262
Posted By asiafish
I bought my M-D the week before the M10 was...

I bought my M-D the week before the M10 was released, but when specs were out and pre-order fever was well underway. My camera was gently used (500 clicks) and came like new with box and papers for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-16-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 3,334
Posted By asiafish
I did the same as Godfrey, playing with the M10 a...

I did the same as Godfrey, playing with the M10 a few-weeks-ago and comparing it to my M-D 262.

I really liked the new viewfinder, but I'm not having trouble with the old one and neither shoot a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2017
Replies: 126
Views: 9,242
Posted By asiafish
Leica M5

There remains a stigma attached to what I believe is the best rangefinder camera ever made by anyone.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-18-2017
Replies: 682
Views: 61,186
Posted By asiafish
I've had my M-D for a week now after selling my...

I've had my M-D for a week now after selling my trusty M-E. I was planning to skip the entire M240 generation, but every time I visited the Leica Store in San Francisco I couldn't resist the urge to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,236
Posted By asiafish
Nikon was the aspiration brand as I remember my...

Nikon was the aspiration brand as I remember my introduction to photography in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I lusted after the then-new Nikon FM, but settled for the Minolta SRT200 because of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,922
Posted By asiafish
The M5 is my favorite camera. Mine has a 134xxx...

The M5 is my favorite camera. Mine has a 134xxx serial number and I sent it to Sherry after purchase. She confirmed it is one of the good ones, tuned it up just right and calibrated the meter for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-01-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 6,122
Posted By asiafish
The Lomo J3+ is an outstanding lens, far truer to...

The Lomo J3+ is an outstanding lens, far truer to the Zeiss original than the current ZM C Sonnar.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-01-2016
Replies: 243
Views: 19,236
Posted By asiafish
Really the only cameras that I think of as being...

Really the only cameras that I think of as being "cool" are Leica or anything more than 40-years-old.

I shoot Leica and Canon today and enjoy them both for very different reasons. For casual...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-25-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,509
Posted By asiafish
Good choice on the Canon. Its a classic...

Good choice on the Canon. Its a classic Sonar-type lens.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-25-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,669
Posted By asiafish
Get the cheapest, oldest 90mm Elmarit or, better...

Get the cheapest, oldest 90mm Elmarit or, better yet, Summicron you can. These are BEAUTIFUL portrait lenses.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-11-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,509
Posted By asiafish
I'd go for Thea new Jupiter 3+ at around $600, it...

I'd go for Thea new Jupiter 3+ at around $600, it is a fantastic lens with loads of character, modern coatings and that stepless aperture that works well with the spot meter.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-11-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 6,435
Posted By asiafish
I usually take a 35 and 50 or a 35 and 90 if I...

I usually take a 35 and 50 or a 35 and 90 if I expect to do portraits.

Currently I use a 35 Lux FLE and either a 50 Lux ASPH or 90 Cron pre-ASPH.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-11-2016
Replies: 111
Views: 12,022
Posted By asiafish
35 LUX FLE in chrome, just the lens attached to...

35 LUX FLE in chrome, just the lens attached to my M-E right now.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-11-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,276
Posted By asiafish
Many Russian lenses were outstanding, and these...

Many Russian lenses were outstanding, and these will probably be as well.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-07-2016
Replies: 210
Views: 28,602
Posted By asiafish
Leica M-E purchased new April last year. 35mm...

Leica M-E purchased new April last year.
35mm f/2.5 Summarit purchased new in August 2013.
50mm f/2 Summicron purchased new in October 2015.

The rest of my Leica gear was purchased used.
Forum: Lomography 02-04-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 32,173
Posted By asiafish
I bought my J3 from Brian for $250 a few years...

I bought my J3 from Brian for $250 a few years ago. It is better than th Canon f/1.5 and Nikkor f/1.4 I tried, and equal (or slightly better) than my 1937 CZJ, also tuned by Brian.
Forum: Lomography 02-04-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 32,173
Posted By asiafish
They can be calibrated, and Brian has done...

They can be calibrated, and Brian has done many.

My 1963 Zomz Jupit 3 was calibrated by Brian and is fully the equal of my 1937 CZJ, also calibrated by Brian. Focus is accurate at f/2 from MFD to...
Forum: Lomography 01-29-2016
Replies: 336
Views: 32,173
Posted By asiafish
The Jupiter 3 was and still is a knock-off of the...

The Jupiter 3 was and still is a knock-off of the old Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar. Unlike the modern Carl Zeiss ZM C Sonnar, this new one from Lomo (KMZ) uses the original Sonnar formula.

The...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-28-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 4,697
Posted By asiafish
I bought my M-E new in April 2015 for $4200, so...

I bought my M-E new in April 2015 for $4200, so $3300 today is an outstanding price.

Other than high ISO performance, there is nothing really not to like with the M-E.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2015
Replies: 202
Views: 78,748
Posted By asiafish
Usually black for me. My M5 is black and since I...

Usually black for me. My M5 is black and since I bought my M Monochrom back in 2013 it too is black.

For my M-E I decided to get a little crazy and went for the very exotic Anthracite Gray.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 6,360
Posted By asiafish
Nice rview of one of my favorite lenses. I...

Nice rview of one of my favorite lenses. I usually pack this Elmarit and a 50 Cron when traveling and am pretty much covered.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 11-27-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,456
Posted By asiafish
My original strap lasted about 8 months, then...

My original strap lasted about 8 months, then started to come apart. I threw it away and use a Different Leica strap, long and wider at the center with nice padding.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 5,162
Posted By asiafish
RF and SLR are simply different beasts. I lov...

RF and SLR are simply different beasts. I lov shooting with an RF, and also enjoy SLRs, usually for different applications, but sometimes just for a different mood or perspective.

My RF kit tends...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-15-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,606
Posted By asiafish
Love the R3

Love the R3
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-16-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 4,219
Posted By asiafish
Its a sensor that produces beautiful images in...

Its a sensor that produces beautiful images in almost any light, if handled correctly.

Walked around Denver, CO last night with my Leica M-E and my Brian Sweeney Special 1937 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-16-2015
Replies: 0
Views: 949
Posted By asiafish
Leica M-E with 1937 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar

Walked around Denver, CO last night with my Leica M-E and my Brian Sweeney Special 1937 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar. I love this combination.

Most shots at ISO 1250 with the lens wide-open...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 3,726
Posted By asiafish
35mm f/2.5 (or newer f/2.4) Summarit is a...

35mm f/2.5 (or newer f/2.4) Summarit is a fantastic lens; small, lights and sharp with a beautiful rendering.

50mm f/2 Summicron (non-APO) is also great.

Why not skip 35mm though and get a 28 and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-01-2015
Replies: 2,164
Views: 612,411
Posted By asiafish
Here is my IIIg fitted with a wartime Carl Zeiss...

Here is my IIIg fitted with a wartime Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/2 Sonnar T, converted to LTM by Brian Sweeney using a Jupiter 8 mount.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5738/21224734650_c73824cd4c_b.jpg...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-30-2015
Replies: 258
Views: 49,470
Posted By asiafish
Some of my X shots from the last year or...

Some of my X shots from the last year or so.

X113

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/341/18763349219_8fa629e7e4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uA4522)L1151353-Edit.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uA4522) by Andrew F...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-22-2015
Replies: 175
Views: 40,734
Posted By asiafish
Exactly what I did. My M-E arrived yesterday...

Exactly what I did. My M-E arrived yesterday with a new (original type) sensor.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-22-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,905
Posted By asiafish
Better image quality? I highly doubt that. ...

Better image quality? I highly doubt that. Megapixels aren't everything, or even particularly important at normal print sizes.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 09-22-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 3,549
Posted By asiafish
It won't work. The Olympus VF-2 is compatible...

It won't work. The Olympus VF-2 is compatible with the X2 and X Vario, while the X113 uses the new EVF released with the Leica T. No Leica to my knowledge works with the Olympus VF-1.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 08-04-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 30,398
Posted By asiafish
Q is double the price and in a completely...

Q is double the price and in a completely different class.

I love the Q, but I'm sticking with the X.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-11-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,977
Posted By asiafish
LOVE my M-E. Very nice handling, outstanding...

LOVE my M-E. Very nice handling, outstanding quality and those M9 colors are glorious.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 07-01-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 30,398
Posted By asiafish
I've had t X a few months now and have replaced...

I've had t X a few months now and have replaced the Nikon Df with a Leica M-E.

The X113 has become my primary camera, used more than any other.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,471
Posted By asiafish
Essential.

Essential.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-04-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 7,508
Posted By asiafish
Fellow X (and X Vario) user and I'm right with...

Fellow X (and X Vario) user and I'm right with you on 50mm (or equiv on APS-C). My XV is almost always at 50mm, and more often than not it is a 50mm lens that adorns my M-E and M Monochrom.

I love...
Forum: Travel 06-04-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,215
Posted By asiafish
Perfect outfit, and exactly what I will carry...

Perfect outfit, and exactly what I will carry around in Seoul.
Forum: Travel 05-31-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By asiafish
I've been to Korea many times and speak the...

I've been to Korea many times and speak the language.m my only issue is deciding on gear load.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 05-30-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,866
Posted By asiafish
I own the X, X Vario, M-E and M Monochrom. With...

I own the X, X Vario, M-E and M Monochrom. With all of those great choices, the X is the one I take out the door with me on most days, and it is likely the one I will use the most on my upcoming...
Forum: Travel 05-30-2015
Replies: 66
Views: 7,251
Posted By asiafish
I love 500 mile days, on the right bike.

I love 500 mile days, on the right bike.
Forum: Travel 05-30-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By asiafish
Family trip to Seoul

I'm heading to Seoul for two weeks inJune and while it is not a photography trip, my wife does want a color photo book at the end. My goal is to travel fairly light, one rangefinder with 35 and 50mm...
Forum: Travel 05-30-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,215
Posted By asiafish
My last trip to Tokyo I used a Sony NEX7 with a...

My last trip to Tokyo I used a Sony NEX7 with a 24/1.8 (35 equivalent) and never really wanted anything else.

M8 with 28 Elmarit f/2.8 would be perfect (37 equiv with crop).

I'm on my way to Seoul...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-26-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 3,785
Posted By asiafish
Sorry to disappoint, but the optical formula is...

Sorry to disappoint, but the optical formula is the same. The old one was aspherical too, they just didn't market it that way. Look at the front element, it is obvious even just from visual...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-26-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,647
Posted By asiafish
A brand-new M-E isn't that much more.

A brand-new M-E isn't that much more.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 05-26-2015
Replies: 74
Views: 6,374
Posted By asiafish
Why not? I took my Nikon Df (since sold) along...

Why not? I took my Nikon Df (since sold) along with my Leica X Vario (same idea, slow lens, compact, great images) and really regretted bringing the Nikon except during a New Years party in very low...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-21-2015
Replies: 175
Views: 40,734
Posted By asiafish
Mine too, and my M Monochrom (CCD) is better...

Mine too, and my M Monochrom (CCD) is better still.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-04-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 5,267
Posted By asiafish
Ditch the 90mm and go with th prime wide instead...

Ditch the 90mm and go with th prime wide instead of the WATE.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-01-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,630
Posted By asiafish
Or buy an X (Typ 113) for low-light use alongside...

Or buy an X (Typ 113) for low-light use alongside your M9.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2015
Replies: 62
Views: 8,903
Posted By asiafish
Looks like fun. I'll wait to see reviews, but...

Looks like fun. I'll wait to see reviews, but I'm very interested. I think this will be a lot of fun on my M-E.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 7,958
Posted By asiafish
I attended a Leica Akademie workshop last weekend...

I attended a Leica Akademie workshop last weekend (Analogue Workshop, had some M5 love) and one of the participants brought his leica T (with 23 Summicron) alongside his M6.

Yes, the T is much...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-30-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 69,085
Posted By asiafish
I scrimped, saved and even sold my...

I scrimped, saved and even sold my Harley-Davidson to buy the original M Monochrom and a pair of Leica lenses two-years-ago. The new one looks like an improvement in almost every way, and I hope...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-29-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4,630
Posted By asiafish
Does the M9 not do what you want it to?

Does the M9 not do what you want it to?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-29-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 4,833
Posted By asiafish
I'm excited about the new M Monochrom. All of...

I'm excited about the new M Monochrom. All of those modern advances will make me appreciate my first generation M Monochrom even more, just as the M240 was interesting, but when the time finally...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 04-24-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 4,393
Posted By asiafish
Depth of field with the 23mm f/1.7 is about equal...

Depth of field with the 23mm f/1.7 is about equal to a 35mm f/2.5 on full-frame. I happen to have both setups, the X and an M-E with a 35mm f/2.5 Summarit. The X is much smaller, lighter, closer...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-15-2015
Replies: 5,512
Views: 841,101
Posted By asiafish
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/12158759666_33...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/12158759666_33d7f18c87_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jwqPDm)L1001928-Edit.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/jwqPDm) by Lawman1967 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-15-2015
Replies: 5,512
Views: 841,101
Posted By asiafish
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/13391678905_c4...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/13391678905_c4318f3f01_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mpnRzB)L1003267.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mpnRzB) by Lawman1967 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-15-2015
Replies: 5,512
Views: 841,101
Posted By asiafish
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/14487138713_8f...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/14487138713_8f4361204e_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o5bnBF)L1004152-Edit.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o5bnBF) by Lawman1967 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-15-2015
Replies: 147
Views: 36,077
Posted By asiafish
I remembered seeing Leica advertisements back in...

I remembered seeing Leica advertisements back in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s and handling one at a camera store. I could only (barely) afford a cheap SLR at the time (Minolta SRT200, great...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-15-2015
Replies: 175
Views: 40,734
Posted By asiafish
I've only got about 15K in two years, but like...

I've only got about 15K in two years, but like yours, mine has been perfect. I will say that yours takes better pictures than mine. Probably that photographer accessory you mounted behind it.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-15-2015
Replies: 175
Views: 40,734
Posted By asiafish
My M Monochrom turns 2-years-old in June, so in...

My M Monochrom turns 2-years-old in June, so in January I sent it to Leica to have it CLA'd with instructions to check for sensor corrosion. I got it back 4-weeks-later with notes that there is no...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-15-2015
Replies: 175
Views: 40,734
Posted By asiafish
Since Leica's official position is that they will...

Since Leica's official position is that they will repair the sensor forever thats good enough for me since it will very likely be completely obsolete long before they run out of parts. They still...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-13-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 5,244
Posted By asiafish
Hmmm. M Monochrom, M-E and an M5 for film with...

Hmmm. M Monochrom, M-E and an M5 for film with 35 Summarit, 50 Summicron and an ancient 1937 Zeiss Sonnar is pretty much all I want or need in my M kit.

I also have the X Vario and the new X...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-15-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,894
Posted By asiafish
Mount? These are fixed-lens cameras.

Mount? These are fixed-lens cameras.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-15-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,894
Posted By asiafish
Okay, I've now had the X (type 113) for about a...

Okay, I've now had the X (type 113) for about a week and so far I love it. Here it is next to big sister X Vario.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7650/16206405564_b787e4eb4c_h.jpg...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-06-2015
Replies: 118
Views: 30,398
Posted By asiafish
X Vario is my main travel camera, supplemented by...

X Vario is my main travel camera, supplemented by Nikon Df and 58/1.4G for low-light and portrait/event work, and M Monochrom with 35 Summarit and 50 Summicron for nothing other than my pure...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-03-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 3,894
Posted By asiafish
My X Vario

LOVE the X Vario, so much that I will probably add an X2 or X 113 to make it a full system.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8605/16681169326_9af0f38ae9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rq4mtG)_DSC8207...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-20-2014
Replies: 127
Views: 30,514
Posted By asiafish
Old 35 Summarit also had aspherical glass, they...

Old 35 Summarit also had aspherical glass, they just didn't advertise it. The two are the same, only marketing and cosmetic differences.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4,765
Posted By asiafish
How to get a AA-less X2? I would love to have my...

How to get a AA-less X2? I would love to have my X2 converted.
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 06-08-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 10,462
Posted By asiafish
I had an X2, sold it, bought an RX100m2, and my...

I had an X2, sold it, bought an RX100m2, and my replacement (used) X2 arrives tomorrow. The RX100m2 does everything the X2 did and quite a bit more, but it just lacked the feel in the hand and the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,391
Posted By asiafish
LOVE my M5, the most advanced film M in my humble...

LOVE my M5, the most advanced film M in my humble opinion.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-02-2014
Replies: 133
Views: 22,659
Posted By asiafish
My M5 purchased directly from Sherry Krauter,...

My M5 purchased directly from Sherry Krauter, fully serviced. Mounted to it is my 1937 uncoated Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar adapted to LTM by Brian Sweeney. Image taken with the M5's direct...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 12,508
Posted By asiafish
For me 50mm is my favorite FL, but for travel it...

For me 50mm is my favorite FL, but for travel it is too narrow for a one-lens kit. Travel means 28 and 50, traveling light is 35 only. I have a 90 as well, but it only comes out when I know I'll be...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 05-10-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 21,904
Posted By asiafish
The Summarit 35 is my favorite lens, though 50mm...

The Summarit 35 is my favorite lens, though 50mm is my favorite focal length. I own 5 50mm lenses, but the Summarit is my only 35mm as it really is that good. Whether used on the M9 for color, the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-06-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 5,035
Posted By asiafish
I own both and the debate is easy. Monochrom...

I own both and the debate is easy. Monochrom wins, unless you want color.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-06-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 9,675
Posted By asiafish
Sell them all and get the Summarit 35/2.5 AND...

Sell them all and get the Summarit 35/2.5 AND HAVE CHANGE. The Summarit is a fantastic little lens, with probably the best bokeh available at 35mm (just not much of it).

35mm is also my favorite...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 7,179
Posted By asiafish
M5 and a 50 cron. I LOVE the semi-spot meter and...

M5 and a 50 cron. I LOVE the semi-spot meter and match needle system, and think having the meter in the camera is simpler than using an external. Works without batteries as well (no metering) and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,430
Posted By asiafish
The Monochrom is addictive. It isn't film, but...

The Monochrom is addictive. It isn't film, but in many ways it is better.

That said, I just bought an M5 to go with my Monochrom, though I doubt I will use it as often.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2014
Replies: 167
Views: 135,698
Posted By asiafish
Sherry is the best in my book. Bought a 1949...

Sherry is the best in my book. Bought a 1949 Summitar on eBay and had it shipped directly to Sherry. What came in the box today was essentially a brand-new lens!!!

There was also an M5 in that box...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2014
Replies: 201
Views: 26,157
Posted By asiafish
I just bought an M5, best debacle Leica or anyone...

I just bought an M5, best debacle Leica or anyone else ever manufactured.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 4,272
Posted By asiafish
I just ordered a black M5 from her in condition...

I just ordered a black M5 from her in condition she describes as "Pretty". Good enough for me, I didn't ask anything else and happily sent a rather large check.

I have every confidence that what...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-11-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3,420
Posted By asiafish
Great review of my absolutely favorite toy.

Great review of my absolutely favorite toy.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-24-2013
Replies: 1,920
Views: 1,748,288
Posted By asiafish
Leica MM with 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5, wide...

Leica MM with 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5, wide open

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/11127137705_4af54ba47a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11127137705/)
L1000986-Edit.jpg...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-24-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 6,859
Posted By asiafish
Umm, what about the MM? THAT is a definitely a...

Umm, what about the MM? THAT is a definitely a true Leica rangefinder, and likely to remain something of a cult classic long past the sell-by date.
Forum: RFF Polls 12-24-2013
Replies: 122
Views: 9,042
Posted By asiafish
I enjoy manipulating depth of field and am a...

I enjoy manipulating depth of field and am a self-admitted bokeh-fanatic, so definitely full-frame for me.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 12-05-2013
Replies: 5,512
Views: 841,101
Posted By asiafish
Some portraits taken tonight at my Rotary meeting...

Some portraits taken tonight at my Rotary meeting (Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight) with a 2012 camera using a 1937 lens in a 1932 building. Leica M Monochrom auto ISO (varies between 320 and...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-05-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 8,196
Posted By asiafish
]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/11013527373_91...

]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/11013527373_910677e88c_b.jpg[/url]
L1000852-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11013527373/) by Lawman1967...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-05-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 14,794
Posted By asiafish
Why not just send your Sonnar back to Zeiss and...

Why not just send your Sonnar back to Zeiss and have it optimized for f/1.5? You won't be disappointed.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 6,083
Posted By asiafish
Second vote for a Jupiter 3 or a vintage Sonnar. ...

Second vote for a Jupiter 3 or a vintage Sonnar. Magical. The modern Sonnar is even better, but there is just a special feeling about using a 70 or so year old lens today.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-11-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 14,794
Posted By asiafish
NOTHING compares to the C Sonnar, except of...

NOTHING compares to the C Sonnar, except of course a vintage Sonnar or a Jupiter 3.

Both my Jupiter 3 and C Sonnar are optimized for f/1.5, although these are really like two-in-one lenses, amazing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-16-2013
Replies: 267
Views: 24,541
Posted By asiafish
Value

Most digital bodies are consumables, but the lifecycle at the high end is far more than 2-3 years. The M8 is now 7-years-old and the M9 4-years-old. The M8 remains an outstanding camera today and...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-27-2013
Replies: 610
Views: 112,134
Posted By asiafish
Minolta SRT200

I wish I still had it. I bought it new (old stock though) in 1980 with a 45mm f/2 Rokkor lens. Later added a 135mm f/2.8 from K-Mart's "Focal" store brand (Kiron lens, I think) which was also...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-25-2013
Replies: 148
Views: 8,975
Posted By asiafish
Nikkormat FT3. I REALLY wanted to like this as I...

Nikkormat FT3. I REALLY wanted to like this as I dreamed of the then-new FM, but could only afford a used FT3. HATED the shutter speed dial around the lens mount. I regretted the "upgrade" from my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 3,230
Posted By asiafish
Yup, its called the Air King.

Yup, its called the Air King.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-15-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,990
Posted By asiafish
28, 35 and 50 should have you covered for just...

28, 35 and 50 should have you covered for just about anything.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-29-2013
Replies: 206
Views: 24,365
Posted By asiafish
Yes

I voted with my wallet, and absolutely LOVE my M Monochrom.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-21-2013
Replies: 293
Views: 36,839
Posted By asiafish
I love my Mercedes-Benz. Have you ever driven...

I love my Mercedes-Benz. Have you ever driven cross-country? Ever done so in a Mercedes-Benz? The driver's seat alone justifies the higher price, and by the way, the price is about the same as...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-20-2013
Replies: 127
Views: 28,803
Posted By asiafish
Color from the M6

Why not use your M6 with color slide film for your occasional color use and shoot the MM as your main camera?

I have the MM and an M8.2, the M9 to M8 downgrade will help fund your MM.

The MM is...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-30-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 6,136
Posted By asiafish
35 Summarit is my main lens. 50 Summicron v4 is...

35 Summarit is my main lens. 50 Summicron v4 is on the way, but I plan to use that more on my M6.

Elmarit 28 is next in line when I have the funds.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-30-2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5,760
Posted By asiafish
Convex on my M6, concave on my M8.

Convex on my M6, concave on my M8.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-12-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By asiafish
Minolta MF on NEX

Just got a Novoflex MD to NEX adapter and am having a blast with my old Rokkors. MC 300 f/5.6, 1.5X crop factor and then the cropability of 24MP NEX7 files gave me some incredibly detaiiled shots of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-12-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 11,305
Posted By asiafish
Well anyone who laments the loss of screw mount,...

Well anyone who laments the loss of screw mount, I will happily trade my LTM Nokton for your M mount Nokton.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-25-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 6,222
Posted By asiafish
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/89025183...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8902518370/

Leica R6 and Elmarit-R 35/2.8 self-portrait shot with Pan-F 50.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-21-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,717
Posted By asiafish
I had (and liked) the Elmarit-R 135, but sold it...

I had (and liked) the Elmarit-R 135, but sold it because my Minolta MC Rokkor 135/2.8 (the 4 element version - $120) is sharper from corner to corner, while the older MC Rokkor-PF 35/2.8 (6 element -...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-03-2013
Replies: 122
Views: 34,145
Posted By asiafish
My fabs

I shot Minolta in the 1970s and 80s, switched to Nikon in the 90s, now am back to Minolta and Leica R. I find that Leica and Minolta share a certain character in the way they render, which is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-07-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 3,442
Posted By asiafish
No need to forget the R3, it is an outstanding...

No need to forget the R3, it is an outstanding camera with solid build, spot AND average metering (AE lock works in both modes though only documented in spot) and an supremely smooth and quiet...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-05-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 4,030
Posted By asiafish
R3 is dirt cheap and has fantastic shutter feel...

R3 is dirt cheap and has fantastic shutter feel and smooth mirror. R6 is every bit as good as R6.2 except for missing 1/2000th speed, but sells for less than half the price.

I own both with 35...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-18-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 10,383
Posted By asiafish
R3 and XE-7

Actually there is a lot more in common than just the shutter. The R3 (I own both R3 MOT and XE-7) was obviously based on the XE-7, with many parts in common including the bottom plate, shutter, film...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-06-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 2,107
Posted By asiafish
I'm a big fan of the R3 and the 135 Elmarit-R.

I'm a big fan of the R3 and the 135 Elmarit-R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 229
Views: 30,998
Posted By asiafish
Minolta

I like the X-570 (X-500) better than the 700 because in metered manual it shows the set and suggested shutter speed in the finder. That, and I never used P mode anyway.

XD-11 is probably the most...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 229
Views: 30,998
Posted By asiafish
Leica R6/6.2, for the glass of course, but also a...

Leica R6/6.2, for the glass of course, but also a very nice body.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 122
Views: 15,235
Posted By asiafish
Nothing wrong with the Minolta XE-7 and XD-11. ...

Nothing wrong with the Minolta XE-7 and XD-11. Those were probably the best cameras Minolta ever made, and they remain popular today. Rokkor lenses were outstanding as well.

I love using my R3 MOT...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 122
Views: 15,235
Posted By asiafish
I highly recommend the Leica R6. Small, fairly...

I highly recommend the Leica R6. Small, fairly light, VERY solid-feeling, and of course it mounts some amazing lenses.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 5,503
Posted By asiafish
Late I know, but if you bought the R6, how do you...

Late I know, but if you bought the R6, how do you like it? Mine is an absolute delight to use.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 5,503
Posted By asiafish
R series

I have both an R3 MOT and an R6 (as well as a bunch of old Minoltas and modern Sony digital). The R3 has the smoothest shutter release of any SLR I've ever touched, but the camera looks almost...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 02-19-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1,371
Posted By asiafish
16-50 on NEX 7 now shows corrected view in VF and...

16-50 on NEX 7 now shows corrected view in VF and LCD and retracts immediately on power-off.

Not sure of other improvements (haven't shot with it yet, just flashed), but other than the uncorrected...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 02-17-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 3,682
Posted By asiafish
Yes, R glass (I have 50/2 and 90/2.8) is...

Yes, R glass (I have 50/2 and 90/2.8) is fantastic on Nex7.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-16-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 6,460
Posted By asiafish
The Zeiss is fantastic, easily the equal of my...

The Zeiss is fantastic, easily the equal of my Leica R glass on the Nex 7.
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