Category Archives: Leica M10

Shield Me.

Toronto, in January.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 (cropped image).

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about wide open performance of the The 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 (Leica M mount), since revealing that it is my Undisclosed Lens #7.

So, I thought I would show another example image, followed by a central crop.

The last time I did this was when I was comparing this lens to the Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.  Despite making that comparison, I don’t believe there is any value in such head-to-head tests when considering this lens, because it is not an optic that one purchases for checklist attributes.  Instead, the 7Artisans 50/1.1 should be regarded much like the Leica Noctilux f.1 and the Zeiss Sonnar f/1.5 lenses, which are coveted for their artistic rendering.

Having said that, the 50/1.1 is often mistakenly labelled as “soft” when used at f/1.1.  Though it is not razor sharp wide open (and can be “glowy” at near distance — see the aforementioned comparison), it is certainly sharp enough for me.  I would, in fact, caution anyone who believes that this lens is “soft” at f/1.1 to make sure they have calibrated it correctly (or are practicing good technique).

Case in point, here is another image taken at the time of the Night Light photo I recently posted, photographed  at f/1.1:

Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.

Now, here is the magnified central portion of the frame (focus is on the eyelashes of the near eye):

I will let you decide if it is sharp enough for you and whether — in the case of an f/1.1 lens — it really matters.

—Peter.

Night Light.

Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.

Shades (Modern).

Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.

Shades (Lo-Fi).

Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.

The Sunset Portrait, 2.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Good Morning Greeting.

Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #AceUpMySleeve.

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.

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The Typewriter.

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Flowers.

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The Portrait by the Curtain, Revisited.

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The Piano.

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Home Office.

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The Portrait by the Curtain.

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Tea Time.

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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.