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The “Indecisive” Moment – Leica M 240 Review | Mirrorlessons

When it comes to Leica cameras in the digital age, people are usually divided into two groups. The first group is composed of those who are against it because the cameras are too expensive and aren’t as advanced as cheaper alternatives. The second group is made up of those who still appreciate and embrace the philosophy behind the brand and care less about specifications. There is probably also a third group that is interested but can’t afford the investment and a fourth group that simply doesn’t care. As for me, I think that it was curiosity more than anything else that attracted me to the brand. After all Leica is an extremely important icon in the history of photography. Now that I run this website, it was just a matter of time before I could finally satisfy that curiosity. I had a couple of opportunities to try the Leica M9 in the past along with some M lenses but this was the first time I was able to shoot exclusively with it for a longer period. So what is it to shoot with a Leica M camera? Is it that different? Does it give you something that other cameras don’t? To answer the questions above, I decided to skip the guidelines of the conventional review and write something more personal in chronological order, from the first days of use until the day I sent it back to the Leica office. Two weeks of intense use that perhaps weren’t enough to deliver complete verdict but enough to understand if there was any chemistry between us……….

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Leica M

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The Leica M-A – 35mmc | Hamish Gill

I read on a forum somewhere a comment relating to an individual’s initial response to the Leica M-A as being – in their words – “underwhelming”. When I first read this comment I didn’t think a great deal of it, it was just another comment on just another forum; I dismissed it as an empty or shallow opinion from just another naysayer. That’s pretty much the usual response to forum commentary I feel in someway doesn’t echo my own views, there is so much of it that it’s easier just to filter and disregard as much of it as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Of course, dismissal of this comment on my part was at best unfair to this person, but it was also entirely shortsighted. I hadn’t even seen a Leica M-A in the flesh at the time, so how could I possibly judge the validity of the statement? Well basically I assumed that being underwhelmed by something that’s pictures I had all but drooled over would be impossible. I was wrong, when I first played with a Leica M-A, I was also somewhat underwhelmed…..
 
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Leica M

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Testbericht der Leica M Monochrom | Jonas Hafner

Ich weiß gar nicht mehr, was mich eigentlich dazu bewogen hat, die Leica Monochrom zu testen. Reizte mich der Gedanke, einmal in jene elitäre Welt einzutauchen, in der ein einzelnes Objektiv mehr kostet als meine gesamte Fotoausrüstung? Etwas nicht haben zu können, weckt schließlich Begehrlichkeiten. War es die Kompaktheit dieser Vollformatkamera, die mich ansprach oder einfach nur der Wunsch, wieder einmal ins kalte Wasser geworfen zu werden? Was es auch gewesen sein mag, irgendwie landetete die Kamera am Ende in meinen Händen. Nachdem ich alles ausgepackt und das Summicron-M 50mm f/2 aufgeschraubt hatte, fiel mein Blick auf die beiliegende Preisliste. Noch gäbe es die Möglichkeit, das Paket aus Wetzlar zu verscherbeln und sich von dem Geld eine Südseeinsel zu kaufen. Aber dann hätte ich ja wieder keine Leica. Und Sand mag ich eh nicht. Nicht mehr lange und es würde dunkel werden, weshalb ich den Sandgedanken beiseite schob, das kleine Lederband durch die passenden Ösen fädelte und mich auf den Weg hinaus in den Schnee machte. Ich hatte keinen Testbericht gelesen, hatte noch nie eine Leica in der Hand und bereute es plötzlich, mich ausgerechnet in dieser Kälte mit der Bedienung auseinandersetzen zu müssen. Memo an mich: Kameras nur noch im Sommer testen…….

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Leica M

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Review: Leica M7 with the 35mm Summicron | Paul Coates

I have shot with several film cameras before, but this is my first usable rangefinder. I say usable, because I have had a Vivitar 35EE since I was a kid, but it isn’t really usable, and I only ever used it as a toy. Some of the cameras I have shot with in the past include the Canon AE-1 Program, Canon A1, Lomo LC-A+, Holga 120CN, an Olympus SLR ( I can’t recall exactly which), Canon 400D and a Canon 7D. There are some others but these have been the main ones I have used. Now I have a Leica. The Leica M7, and a 35mm Summicron to go with it. Here’s what I think! …..

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Leica M

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Views of Kenya with the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 WR | Matt Brandon

So just before I left for Kenya, I got a WhatsApp message from my contact at Fujifilm Malaysia telling me they had the yet-to-be-released Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 WR. I have been waiting for this lens since it showed up on the Fujifilm Lens Road Map. A 16mm f/ 1.4? That’s a lot of light!  But the real question was going to be, would I feel it was wide enough? Let’s face it, a 16mm lens on the X-system is effectively a 24mm in 35mm-speak and I generally like shooting wide. I like fast even better. This lens has not disappointed me. I really wanted to write this review before leaving and post it the day the lens was officially announced, but unfortunately I got the lens only the day before I left for Kenya and I have been working on an OFMP training everyday since I arrived. I was able to carve out a few moments here and there to put this little guy through some of it’s paces……

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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56 WITH THE 56 | FUJIFILM XF 56MM F1.2 FIRST IMPRESSIONS | V.OPOKU

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 – I have been flirting with this lens for about 5 months now but I don’t own a copy yet which is a bit of a surprise considering the fact that I have always had a thing for fast-short-telephoto lenses; an 85mm f/1.4s has always been part of my professional kit – I have owed a Carl Zeiss Planar and a Nikkor 85mm in the past. The inclusion of this lens in my kitbag should have be a no-brainer, heck this use to be my favourite focal length, however it hasn’t worked out that way. I have spent the past 2 years documenting 99% of my work with just the XF 35mm f/1.4 and the X100S with its native 23mm lens. As a result, the FOV of 50mm and 35mm have become natural to me. I can pre-visualise images at these field of views even before I take them – “this will look good at 35mm and that will look better at 50mm.” I wouldn’t say I have mastered seeing everything through these perspectives yet, but I have a rough idea of how an image is going to look even before I raise a camera to my eye. I feel “at home” shooting at 35mm &  50mm. I contemplated on switching things up and going with 35mm + 85mm combination this season – a popular choice amongst many wedding photographers, but….

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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XF16mm. a WIDER perspective. | Ivan Joshua Loh

The super fast Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 has always been the default lens on any X-series camera that I bring along for my daily domestic photography mission. Like my endless trip to the supermarket, fetching my cheeky daughter from school or a trip to the lush Singapore Botanical Garden with my family. I love the XF 23mm because its a lens that fulfilled many of my needs in 1 lens. Not all but some. Its has quite a decent wide angle, AF is fast and the F1.4 glass is more then great! Today I decided to widen my perspective by mounting the swanky new pre-production XF 16mm lens. It’s also a super fast F1.4 lens. Is it the new must have for X-series fujinistas? Its a 24mm in 35mm format equivalent. Let me take you through the paces and see if this is another a great Fujinon lens or its a let down? …..

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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XF16mm F1.4 Initial Reactions | Ben Cherry

I have been using a prototype of this lovely lens for just over a month now and I have to say I have rather fallen for it. This is a problem as I already have and love the XF10-24mm! When I first received it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would use it to photograph, but it quickly became apparent that this lens, despite being a relatively large prime, is extremely flexible. Similar to the XF23mm F1.4, this lens is slightly larger, I suspect this is partly due to the inclusion of weather resistant sealing (WR) which I am very happy about. Aimed at a variety of photographers, many of which will be working outside, the added reassurance of WR is very welcome when combined with the X-T1 which is also WR (not that I have actually had any issues with a non-WR lens or body before while in the field). Note that the filter size is 67mm, compared to 62mm for the XF23mm and XF56mm lenses. This is slightly annoying as it would be nice to only have one set of thread filters to carry around for this trio. But I prefer this slight problem to not having WR……..

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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Fast test of the new Fujifilm XF16mm f1.4 R WR | Max de Martino

As the Fuji ambassador (or X-Photographer, if you prefer), Fuji Italy chose me to carry out a short test for a sample of the pre-production of the new Fuji 16mm fl.4 with particularly interesting lenses because it fills a gap of what is missing in the average lens kit: that of a very bright wide angle. For clarity, it is necessary to indicate that before arriving on the market and passing the test phases, the lenses follow three steps:

  1. Pre-production (often the lens is not final and still has room for improvement)
  2. Editor Edition (the lens is almost final, these series are often assigned to the reviews’ tests)
  3. Final Specimen

So we’ll leave it at saying that my lens was a bit of a “Pre-production”, thus it is still to be improved upon. The 16mm fl. 4 is a solid lens like the whole XF series. In terms of size, it is pretty close to the 56mm f1.2 as seen in the photo below. It differs from this in the diameter of the filters (67mm versus 62) , for the length and by the fact of it being tropicalized……..

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 lens – the wide angle wonder |
Flemming Bo Jensen

For the past 3 weeks I have had a prototype of the Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 lens on loan from Fujifilm to test, review and shoot sample images. I use wide angle a lot in my work and I have been looking forward to the XF16mmF1.4 for a long time. I am a sucker for the wide shot and often in my music photography I need to create a dramatic look. Wide angle lenses and I were made to join forces in our quest for the epic. Fuji already produce some really nice wide angle lenses, but this one promised an aperture of F1.4 and I need speed in my nightclub photography. I am not a technical reviewer, I do not go into all the technical specs of the lens nor do I shoot test patterns or studio shots. Actually I am not a reviewer at all, this is me working with the lens in real situations and my impressions after 3 weeks of use. Some of the images will be grainy due to io6400 as I used the lens in the dark environments I normally shoot in, not in perfect studio conditions. I have not specifically gone for shooting at F1.4 all the time (actually a few times I wanted to but accidentally moved the aperture ring to F1.6) but most of the images are all in the F1.4-F2.0 range – a range no other wide angle Fuji lens can do. On many of the images I have chosen to post the same in camera jpegs as I have delivered to Fuji – I continue to be amazed at how good the in camera jpegs are. Please, note that this is a prototype lens, not a finished product……….

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Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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