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The Leica 50mm Elmar

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The Leica 50mm Elmar is the country cousin of the 50mm Summicron. But it has something special. Shooting with it takes a similar √©lan to using hands to print an image in b&w wet process. It has a long focus throw and while I’ve enjoyed it’s unusual ergononomics, I could never make up my mind about it. Untill I sent it off to Malcom Taylor Leica repair in Hereford, UK. It came back in almost new condition, not bad for a fifty year old lens. So the Elmar is a keper. Beautiful low contrast images. Processing the Leica M8 files in the latest version of Aperture is a painless way to process. More time to shoot, that’s the way it should be.

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April 13, 2012 at 12:32 am

Blink and it’s gone

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So much happens, we live in space. Even if we are unaware. Time is fleeting.  Time is all we have.

New stuff cometh

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It ‘s been nearly four years since I picked up an old Olympus SP35 at a car boot. Now I’m only beginning to realise what glass I really need to stick in front of my Leica M8. A 24mm Elmar, a 50mm Elmar – old school, and a fast 35mm lens…


Written by dwyersean

April 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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