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Road Trip 2019: M8+ Hologon

I have uploaded some photos from LR5 DNG to jpg without any other changes made to any of the image files. I can make each image look better, but not now. I will add images soon.

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Copenhagen, Denmark




Oslo, Norway




Somewhere between Oslo and Bergen ...





Stave Church, Norway




Norway




Some small island close to Bergen






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Norway




Norway (Glacier)





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Nice series. The hologon doesn‘t perform bad in the corners on an M8.

Btw is Norway really that expensive?
Iceland is a total rip off...
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It gives me a 21mm view with vintage look and good sharpness.
Norway is very costly to visit. Very costly overall: gas, food in restaurants, hotels, transportation, ... anything.
I made sure to get a hybrid car as our rental car from Hertz. It saved on the gas expenses.


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Now that I am back home, I switched the Hologon back to the M9 with option B&W+DNG. for the trip, a 21mm was sufficiently wide, so I used the 16mm lens on the M8 and the 35 Lux on the M9.


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The ferry from Denmark to Germany can be taken from Gedser to Rostock. Gedser is a very very quiet place.

This was our hotel room in Gedser.





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Norway is a beautiful country, I've been there once and looking forward to another visit. Yes it's expensive, but if it's only for a week or two of your life, so be it!

Great pictures Raid. The M8 / Hologon combo is a good pair.
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Thank you.

Yes, it is OK for 2 weeks there. Norway is a beautiful country It was my 4th trip there.

As for the M8 and the Hologon, I read an online post about such a pair when there was no M9 yet, and the user praised it a lot.
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Beautiful photos Raid. Excellent use of your gear, I'm sure you know what to do with your Hologon! And how to do
Yes, Norway is a special place...

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PS: I see two photographers in one of your photos ...
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Thank you, Robert.
Of course, Simo and you are in the photo! This was a very nice road trip together.
The Hologon needs some finesse to get good images from it. It is easy to underexpose and also to overexpose when adjusting the exposure.

Here are some photos from Rostock, Germany.







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https://photos.smugmug.com/Europe201...2021%29-X3.jpg

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The quality of light recalls Dutch painting!
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The quality of light recalls Dutch painting!
Beautifully done.
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Thank you Giorgio.
The Hologon can create very interesting looking images with its special optical design and glass.
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Using the M9 for color images I can see the usefulness of something such as cornerfix. Else, it is not really needed.
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I see that Hologon is working out great for you Raid! Very nice compositions!
Still thinking about getting one..
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I see that Hologon is working out great for you Raid! Very nice compositions!
Still thinking about getting one..
Thank you Emile.
It is a special lens. It is less costly to get a (well corrected) CV 15mm III lens, say. There is also the CV 10mm lens that Godfrey is posting images from at RFF. It would be cool to compare such lenses side by side somehow.
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Raid, did you use the lens with or without the filter? I remember when they closed them out and I kept going back and forth about picking one up and finally passed on it my mistake. I am now using a 10-18 on my A7s for crazy wide stuff, hard to get it right but when it works it's really nice.
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Raid, did you use the lens with or without the filter? I remember when they closed them out and I kept going back and forth about picking one up and finally passed on it my mistake. I am now using a 10-18 on my A7s for crazy wide stuff, hard to get it right but when it works it's really nice.
I always use the graduated ND filter with this lens. There is still some vignetting seen when on the M8, and definitely when on the M9. Some Hologon users prefer not to use any filter and they want the vignetting effect in their images.
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OK. I'll get it strait. The king is naked. On many images in this thread left side is kinda crappy. Purplish.
It doesn't matter which camera is this. CornerFix could fix this very visible defect. Without it, it just looks crappy.
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That's not bad for basically out-of-camera original captures, Raid. The Hologon performs pretty well on the M8/M9 sensor. Many can be corrected to look far nicer, but it's interesting to see what the uncorrected results look like.

It's also nice to see another fine ultrawide ... You'll have to develop your own style with it, I think from these photos you have plenty to work with!

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Thanks Godfrey.
I will use this lens also with a film camera for nicer looking results.
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20-21mm is a great focal length for conveying a sense of what was there, and you've worked with that really well. I had to do the calculations for effective field of view when I realized the Hologon was on the M8, as it didn't look like 16mm to me. Very cool images, Raid.
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Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm Hologon? Were the photos taken with the center filter?
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20-21mm is a great focal length for conveying a sense of what was there, and you've worked with that really well. I had to do the calculations for effective field of view when I realized the Hologon was on the M8, as it didn't look like 16mm to me. Very cool images, Raid.
Thanks. I wanted to try out the Hologon on the M8 after Lynn commented one day that he would not go wider than 21mm.

This morning, I set aside the Hologon in my closet, and I returned to my regular setup of using the rigid summicron on the M8 and the 35 Lux on the M9.
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Very nice. Is this the G16 converted or the 15mm Hologon? Were the photos taken with the center filter?
Thank you Ray.
I have the 16/8 for the Zeiss G system. Don Goldberg converted the lens to M mount.
The filter was used in all photos here. There is still some vignetting left.
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