Ogunquit, Maine

On May 7, 2016 a group of hearty photographers gathered on the Ogunquit seacoast to walk and talk photography. This was part of my annual New England Walk (NEWLK) which takes place in various towns across New England.  So far, our group has visited Portsmouth, NH, Salem, MA and Ogunquit, ME.

As an aside, we are now working on plans for our next meet in Quechee, VT for this fall's peak foliage. Details on the website.

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Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50 Review

Over the past few weeks, I have been posting mini-reviews on the gorgeous Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50 lens (brass/chrome Leica Mount edition tested). This is an amazing portrait lens, giving the right amount of warmth, color and softness that you want to see. For most of my review time, I was busy pitting it against the monster Leica Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH.

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5th Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M

Yes. I know most distortion checks are against brick walls or actual grids. But since I don't shoot a ton of brick walls and am not a techie, I decided to shoot my window. I focused on the middle "square" section and held the camera as level as possible Above is the Zeiss - below is the Leica. Both unedited. Amazing how much brighter the Leica is at f/1.4 compared to the Zeiss f/1.5 at matching ISO / shutter.

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3rd Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M

Compare #3 looks at focus shift. For this one, I set both lenses to f/2, shutter to 1/180 second, ISO 160 and a distance of about 1 meter. In the viewfinder, the focus looked identical (to me) and I made no adjustments for focus shifting like in previous posts. Above is the Leica version, spot on. Below is the Zeiss. Of course, both are SOOC once again.

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2nd Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M

For round #2, I have 4 SOOC shots for you today. Zeiss on the left, Leica on the right. Top row is wide open, second row is f/5.6. These were all taken at ISO 160 through Leica M-E on a tripod. See below for individual images. Take note of the subtle yet present vignetting of the two top images (Zeiss 1.5 / Leica 1.4). I'd suggest opening the crops below in separate tabs and switching between them - the differences begin to stand out.

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Leica Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH

I think the only thing I love more than this new Leica setup is my family. So today, I want to chat a little about the Lux 50. Many review sites out there have touted the Leica Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH as the most perfect lens ever made. I concur.  I've only had it about a month, but have used it in many conditions ranging from snow to bright light to low light in shady bars.  As I get more used to it, I find that it's slowly starting to eclipse anything I have previously owned.  As always, this won't be a very technical review - just some hands on examples of what I have been shooting with the 50 - allowing the photos to speak for themselves, more or less.

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