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felix5616

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leica M monochrom lens selection
« on: July 09, 2022, 12:07:43 pm »

contemplating a Leica M monochrom camera. What wide angle lenses perform best on this camera?
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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2022, 04:02:17 pm »

contemplating a Leica M monochrom camera. What wide angle lenses perform best on this camera?

I don't think you can go wrong with any Leica lens. Pick the focal length and f stop that suit you.

If my experience is any guide, you will be disappointed. It's a grand camera to be sure, but I found I could do better converting color shots to B&W in Lightroom. You have control over how colors are converted to gray scales while with the Monochrom you do not. You need top quality gear to match the Leica's sharpness, but that's easily done and for a lot less $$.

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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2022, 07:30:21 am »

First, the subject of wides on the MM is a wide topic. Best to ID which lens range you are interested in - super wides (say 12-15mm), really wides (18-21-24mm), medium wides (28-35mm), for example... although these groupings are subjective. For instance, in the 35mm wides, there are so many good ones - CV Color Skopar f2.5, Zeiss, Summilux and Summicron both...

As to results -  have to disagree with comments about LR transformation. There is a lot of good things that can happen converting color to BW, for sure, but the MM (especially the M9 for some and the M10M now) are remarkable cameras, taking exceptional images. The high ISO capabilities of the M10M allow one to shoot readily up to 12,500, if not 25,000, without grain. The images are more like medium format than FF. Its not for everyone, but they can be really mesmerizing to work with, having tremendous lattitude in the files. 
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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2022, 06:08:09 am »

I've owned a few M digital cameras starting with the M10, M10-R and now the M11. I love the M11.

I have never shot with the M Monochrom, however, I love the 35mm lens. I own the APO Summicron 35mm and Summilux 35mm. These are both great lenses, however, the APO stays on my camera most of the time. It is the one lens I take on numerous travel vacations.

The APO 35mm is insanely sharp. I'm sure it would be awesome on the Monochrom.

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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2022, 11:42:11 pm »

contemplating a Leica M monochrom camera. What wide angle lenses perform best on this camera?

The WA's on the M9M that I prefer most are the CV 3,5/28 Color Skopar and 21 SEM.
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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2022, 04:41:30 pm »

The Leica M apo 35mm is the best I've ever used.  I had to return 2 Color Scopars.  They showed a tilted focal plane on my KoloriVision modified Sony that is generally very compatible with Leica M glass.

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Re: leica M monochrom lens selection
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2022, 08:15:51 pm »

Any Leica lens has always worked perfectly on all Leicas with a monochrome capture device such a Tri-X, so they all will work fine with a Monochrom model.
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