↑ Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.
Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve has now been added to my “Purchase” the identity of Undisclosed Lenses Page.
Examples of images created with #AceUpMySleeve are included below.
I recently discussed the Lightroom Presets I have been working on, and a few of you asked whether they could be purchased.
My initial response was no, for the simple reason that it is time-consuming to provide technical support for any issues that may arise. However, I continue to receive requests and responding to each one has — ironically — consumed a good chunk of time! 🙂
So here’s what I’ve decided to do:
I will make my 3 presets available for purchase but with the understanding that:
If you agree to the above, my three Leica M10 presets may be purchased for:
(total price for all 3)
Are they are worth $15? I’ll leave it up to you to decide. They help me save time and effort, so they are certainly valuable to me.
If you are still interested in proceeding:
Once payment is received, the files will be sent to you via email and you will need to import them into your copy of Lightroom.
Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for me to email you the presets.
The comparison test I posted yesterday revealed something unexpected: the minimum focus distance is greater than the advertised 0.7 m (either that or my Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH focuses closer than 0.7 m, which is unlikely). I hadn’t noticed it until I ran the head-to-head comparison and found that I couldn’t get as close with the 7Artisans as I could with the Leica.
Other than that (disappointing) surprise, I have been satisfied with the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1. It’s an interesting lens that has polarized photographers’ opinions of it (although some have passed judgment without actually laying their hands on one). The mini-controversy surrounding it was the main reason I wanted to post images without first identifying the lens.
Those who criticize this 7Artisans lens I think miss the point. In my case, I bought it hoping for a dreamy look (for lack of a better phrase) that the technically more capable 50 ‘lux does not as readily provide.
Moreover, having previously owned the Leica f/1 Noctilux (a lens also known for its dreamy look), I would say that the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 compares quite favourably and it would, in fact, be my choice between the two.
Examples of recent images:
Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH vs. Undisclosed Lens #7.
(EDIT January 4, 2018: I have revealed the identify of Lens #7 here.)
Entire scene (please click on image to enlarge):
100% centre crop (please click on image to enlarge):
Which one is “superior”?:
Clearly the Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.
Will I still continue to use Undisclosed Lens #7?:
Yes. I value this lens for its “flaws”.
I’m sure a few of you already know this, but for those of you who don’t, Plustek is introducing an updated version of its OpticFilm 120 film scanner. The new scanner is called the Plustek OpticFilm 120 Pro.
I asked for an improved version of the 120 a year-and-a-half ago and it looks like Plustek has come through.
Having owned several Plustek dedicated film scanners, I can say that I have been satisfied with their products (and consider them superior to flatbed scanners) but would of course welcome improvements in ease of use, precision, speed, resolution, and dynamic range.
Therefore, I am really looking forward to seeing this new scanner in action.