Nighttime Giggles (1, 2, 3).

Technical: ISO 2000 (+ “pushed” 2 stops in LR) |  1/60 sec.

High ISO is overrated and poor light leads to poor image quality (see my previous article).

Fortunately, it was the moment I was after.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

The Photographers (Portrait).

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

Flowers, Revisited.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

The Typewriter.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

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.

—Peter.

 

Flowers.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

The Portrait by the Curtain, Revisited.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

The Piano.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

Home Office.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

The Portrait by the Curtain.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

Tea Time.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

Christmas in January.

With the revenue generated over the last 24 hrs from the sale of my presets, I was able to buy a new lens, a mansion, and a second Christmas — hooray!

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

My Leica M10 Lightroom Presets.

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:

  1. There will be no technical support (you assume the burden of installing/using these!).  I will, however, say this much about their intended use: the “Film Base” preset is meant for photos that are exposed properly or slightly over-exposed; the “Film Soft Portrait” preset is meant for photos that are slightly underexposed or, as its name suggests, for portraits; the “Skin Tones” preset reduces red/orange contamination in skin tones.
  2. The presets are not meant to yield “finished” images.  For some photos they may be sufficient, but for most they will only serve as a good starting point.  Essentially, these presets contain the settings I use when I begin post-processing my Leica M10 files.  They are not meant to emulate a specific film; I am not interested in re-inventing a look that was perfected by Kodak, Fuji, etc.  If you want the look of film, I suggest you photograph with it!  The only reason the word “film” appears in the names is because of how I’ve set the tone curve to handle light and shadows (the way most films do).

If you agree to the above, my three Leica M10 presets may be purchased for:

US $15

(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:

Click here to purchase via PayPal.

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.

—Peter.

 

 

 

 

The identity of Undisclosed Lens #7.

Undisclosed Lens #7 is:

The 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 (Leica M mount)

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.

—Peter.

Examples of recent images:

 

 

 

 

Test: Leica 50mm Summilux vs. Undisclosed Lens #7.

Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH vs. Undisclosed Lens #7.

(EDIT January 4, 2018 I have revealed the identify of Lens #7 here.)

  • Both lenses mounted on a Leica M10
  • @ f/1.4
  • @ minimum 0.7 m focus distance (nonetheless, notice the field of view difference)
  • Identical default sharpening settings in Lightroom
  • No post-processing (nonetheless, notice colour differences)

 

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”.

—Peter.

Film Photographers Rejoice! New Plustek OpticFilm 120 Pro Film Scanner.

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.

—Peter.

 

Happy 2019!

Happy 2019!

May good light shine upon you.

—Peter.

(Test Shot #6 – Undisclosed Lens #7)

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #7.