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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jefenator, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Picked these up the other day. So does anybody know, are Leica lenses supposed to be any good?

    leica-r-lens-4.jpg leica-r-lens-3.jpg
    leica-r-lens-2.jpg leica-r-lens-1.jpg

    Just kidding - I know about Leica. :rolleyes:

    I don't know much, though - this is my first experience with their stuff. I probably won't be going very deep down the rabbit hole, but these old SLR lenses are not a bad way to dip a toe in the water. They certainly are quite a bit less expensive than the rangefinder glass.

    I'm sure looking forward to trying these bad boys out. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait for the adapter to arrive.

    Oh, well... if I can't practice with them at least I can practice ON them! :)
     
  2. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

    916
    Aug 22, 2012
    No they are terrible, I wouldn't risk your precious camera with them. If you send them to me I'll dispose of them appropriately! ;)

    (Congrats!)
     
  3. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    390
    Oct 17, 2012
    Liking the 60mm macro :)
     
  4. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Wow, it's a beauty.
     
  5. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Veteran

    420
    Nov 26, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Christina
    Looking forward to the Leitz pics :)
     
  6. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    You and me both! :)

    I have a couple other 35mm primes - I'm looking forward to doing a more comprehensive shootout, the results of which of course I will be sharing.
     
  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Looks like a potentially great catch.
     
  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Nice!!! Gongrats ;)
     
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Holy smoke...nice score there
     
  10. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    No kidding. I only find stuff like this when I'm stone broke.
     
  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    you and me both
     
  12. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Well I'm stone broke now! ;)
     
  13. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Serves ya right! LOL
     
  14. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    me too
     
  15. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    390
    Oct 17, 2012
    And me ! Damn, I hate photography. It emphasises how poor I am !
     
  16. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Adapter showed up today!

    Woo hoo!!

    The light was fading and I had just enough time for a very quick run of outdoor test shots.

    leitz-vs-afnikkor35f2.jpg

    This is certainly not an ideal comparison but it already seems abundantly evident that the Summicron has something very special going on, wide open. The center is already pretty sharp, with none of that typical dreamy haze, and the background blur looks very promising. This must be the thing some folks pay an arm and a leg for. The AF-Nikkor seems dramatically messier all around IMHO. (It does clean up quite a bit by f/5.6.)

    I was expecting some clunkiness with the handling, and the weight makes the N7 feel more like an old film SLR - I actually kind of like that.

    So far the Macro-Elmarit 60mm has failed to decisively blow the old Micro-Nikkor 55mm out of the water, optically - initial trial comparisons are too close to call. The focus ring certainly feels very luxiurious - it goes almost 360 degrees and makes the Nikkor's focusing action seem unpleasantly "touchy" by comparison. I'm also surprised by how much the Leitz looks as though it belongs on my Sony NEX! :D

    N7-macro-elmarit-r60.jpg