People Posting about the New Leica Lens

Leica M 28mm  25mm

  • Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
  • Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH
  • Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH

As I posted in January, Leica have been updating their lens.  From the improved hood design to also making the lens design more digital friendly.

I have seen a few posts this last couple of weeks claiming that the new lens have more resolution and so Leica must be planning a major megapixel upgrade with the next M series camera.

While I would expect to see an increase from the current 24 MP sensor, I do not think we will see a very big jump and the lens that these are replacing are certainly no slouches on the resolution front.

The new lens are sharper in the corners but thats less the lens and more to do with the way the new lens present the light rays to the sensor.  Digital sensors like the light to come perpendicular to the sensor, and traditionally M glass does not present the light in that way on the edges of the frame, thus especially on none M cameras like Sony A7’s and Leica’s own SL, you do see softer corners, while these new lens look sharper.

 

APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens in silver

I remember many years ago when Leica release a new 50mm R series lens, which they made bold claims for.  Basically saying it was the best 50mm lens money could buy and most people would agree that was true.

Then around the time the Leica M Type 240 was released they started to talk about a new ultimate 50mm lens for the Leica M, this was the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH.  They also said that they would never produce it as no one would buy a lens that expensive.

Well around the time of the Monochrome release they also finally released this new 50mm, at around £5000 it was not cheap but it worked fantastically at any aperture.

Today Leica now announce a chrome version of this lens.  Certainly not something I would be purchasing but a nice announcement which will bring in the money for more affordable Leica lens.

Busy Apple

We had a new iTunes update, OS X and iOS update this week, seems Apple are being busy bees at the moment.  I am looking forward to the new OS X being released under its new name macOS Sierra but it may not work with my laptop.  Though with Lightroom Mobile now supporting a pure RAW file workflow, I may finally retire my laptop once it gets to old, at over eight years old its doing well.

Holiday Time

Orkney Sea Scape

Last year our main holiday of the year was to Orkney.  Our honeymoon was to Orkney and last year was our ten year anniversary so we went back.

This year with the holidays approaching we are now planning are next trip.  This time its likely to be Wales and not Scotland as its been a while since we visited the land of the red dragon.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile Update – RAW Support

We had another update to Adobe Lightroom Mobile and this time they seem be indicating that we now have RAW support for the Mobile version.

This was a big thing for me as I have blogged about in the past.  Though Lightroom Mobile already supports DNG, I do want Nikon NEF support.

So I just had to give it a go.  I use Lightroom Mobile often to do a quick edit from when I am street shooting using my Leica.  The edits are usually just quick adjustments and crops.  This time the test was very simple I just grabbed my Nikon D800 and shot a few snaps of the dog and a few flowers in the garden.

Screen Shot Adobe Lightroom RAW Sync

So after a few quick snaps I grabbed my iPad 9.7 Pro and imported the RAW files.  All looked good and this worked without issue.  I then dived onto my Desktop computer and checked out the ‘From LR mobile’ Collection set.

There I saw my photographs arriving.  The question was what format?  Lightroom reported them as RAW and I also browsed to the file location in finder to confirm and there my files were.  So we now have full RAW support in Lightroom Mobile, thanks Adobe.

Holiday Bookings

Timmy on the Beach

We have some time off coming up so this past weekend we have been searching for places to stay that take dogs.  The place we really wanted to go was fully booked but we still managed to find somewhere and only a £10 surcharge to cover room cleaning to take Timmy the Greyhound.

I now need to decide what camera equipment to take.  Like are last trip out to Southwold, I would like to shoot some film, so its just a matter of choosing the format, small (35mm), medium or large 5 x 4 inches.

Photoshop CC 2015.5 – Face Aware Liquify

 

Photoshop LiquifyAdobe released Photoshop CC2015.5 recently and as I had a few portraits to edit I gave it good trial.

The first thing that threw me for a while was the selection tool, this has changed quite a bit.

The second which was very cool is the new content aware face aware Liquify filter.  On most images it will detect the face and enable you to tweak the eyes, nose and lips with ease.