Do not disassemble your Elmarit M 90mm.

I did, I committed the mishap of turning the screws to see why it was wobbly. I couldn’t resist. The problem was I could not reassemble it. 

So, it’s in DAG’s hands now.  Leica repairman. 


Elmarit M 90mm vs Summilux M 50mm Sharpness Comparison

After last in studio session, as I went trough images I noticed the images from the Lux M appeared sharper. So, I shot the same subject at roughly the same distance to see if I was really doing a bad job at focusing or was my version of the Elmarit M that wasn’t doing very well. After the little test, I know MY Elmarit M isn’t as sharp as people say it is. Could be that the lens needs to be adjusted or could it be that the Lux is simply an amazing sharp lens?

Summilux M 50mm Aspherical vs Elmarit M 90mm @ f/5.6

Summilux M 50mm Aspherical vs Elmarit M 90mm @ f/5.6

Summilux M 50mm Aspherical vs Elmarit M 90mm @ f/2.8

Summilux M 50mm Aspherical vs Elmarit M 90mm @ f/2.8

Using the Leitz Wetzlar Summitar 50mm f/2 (Leica) is good. 

Took a trip to Houston Camera Exchange the other day, found this cool Summitar for sale and took it home. Mounted it on my M3 and M Typ 240 and made me giggle, this thing is fun!


So went walking around and took some photos, I can say that this lens is sharp at f/4 and glowy at f/2. If you apply some sharpening to the DNG files, you can get it to look very sharp. Only thing may bother you is the center that looks weird in some images at f/2 but may add to the feel of a vintage lens.

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2, when shot in closer distances it creates a weird center that reminds me of a vortex

Summitar at f/2.8

Summitar at f/2.8, this lens is sharp

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2. Missed the focus on her eyes and front focused on her hair, you can see is still sharp in the middle corner, really not bad. I Like this lens and its vortex in the middle.

Leica M3 and Leica M Typ 240

Have you shot a film camera? it’s not much different than digital in your approach to making a shot, the difference is the result. On one you have a digital file that can be edited and viewed immediately and on the other you need to know what you are doing if you want to achieve satisfactory results. I enjoy using the M3 because its levers, sound, feel and appearance but I sometimes wish I could get instant gratification such as the M240. Either way, I still prefer the M3.


Voigtlander 35mm Classic Nokton MC vs Color Skopar

The two lenses reviewed in this post today, are:

Voigtlander Color-Skopar Pan 35mm f/2.5 Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens – Black

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens – Black
I made another quick test of these two lenses. The Voigtlander Color Skopar II is a great little lens, no focus shift and super sharp. I am glad I own it, specially when I only paid $350 with hood and B&W UV Filter. Now, the Classic MC is another story…

I want to like the Voigtlander 35mm Classic Nokton f/1.4 MC but it is soft, has about 7 to 15 inches of focus shift from f/2.8 to f/8 (depending on aperture and distance from subject) and it never gets sharp as other lenses. Has some distortion as well. I do not mind the distortion since it can be fixed with Lightroom, I also don’t mind the busy crazy our of focus areas it renders since I can always fix that as well. The only reason not to like this lens is simply sharpness and the focusing is stiff between 0.7 to 1.2 meters.

This means I won’t be keeping this lens, I will try the Nokton 35mm 1.2 II next time, people say its sharp and has nice out of focus rendering.


Original Leather Cam-Strap for my Leica M3 and M Typ 240

Many of us look for a perfect camera strap. We spend hundreds of dollars on new camera straps and finally realize that none of them really work like we wish. I thought I had found the perfect strap one day until I found out that the metal parts were scratching my camera and lenses so I went with a plastic only strap but I didn’t like the look of plastic so again I went with an all leather strap but it was thin and hurt my neck after hours of use. I then started looking at the Leica a la Carte straps that go for around $150 and even though they are nice, I felt like I was tired of overpaying for camera straps. So I finally decided to make my own. I made sure that the strap was secure by reinforcing the loop with a dual matching metal clip.

This leather strap can be cut to your specific length to carry over the shoulder, is thick enough so it doesn’t bother your neck, is capable of holding the biggest lens and camera combo you can attach to its heavy duty rings and yet simple enough that even your Leica, Canon, Nikon, Olympus can shine on its own.

I present you, the Leather Cam-Strap:

Available now in Dark Brown or Black. Made by Hand in the USA.

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