Discussion Forum Leica M System M Monochrom First Week with the New M Monochrom
  • #3381
    Brian

    Week 1- this camera is everything I knew it would be. It's my second Monochrome Digital camera. The first was bought 20 years ago.

    Day 1: Gunston Hall, Virginia. Home of George Mason, Patriot.

    1950 Jupiter-3 5cm F1.5. If people know me from other forums, they'll understand why this was the first lens on the camera. With a wratten 25 Red filter, +1 exposure compensation.

    1st Picture that was not an RF test. At F1.5.


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    At F4.


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  • #3382
    Brian

    Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum, Dulles VA.

    1936 Uncoated Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5, converted to Leica mount using a Jupiter-3 focus mount.

    Wide-Open.


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  • #3383
    Brian

    Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5, wide-open.


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    The 90mm framelines give a 100% view on this lens.

  • #3384
    Brian

    I've been on a kick lately to convert 50mm SLR lenses to RF coupled M-mount. 50/1.7 AR-Hexanon, 50/1.4 Pentax Super-Takumar, and a Canon FL mount 50/1.4.

    The Canon 50/1.4 FL mount on the M Monochrom. The CA on this lens is very low.

    Wide-open, FL-B filter to put a dip in Green to increase contrast.


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    The SLR lenses maintain RF coupling to ~0.65m.


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    Coupling made from cutting up the leg of an old broken tripod, and retaining ring from a Parts Jupiter-3. “Shimmed” using mylar tape between the shim and tube. Fotodiox M adapter, $30. Total cost, about $50.

  • #3385
    riko

    Congrats Brian.
    Glad that finally you received it.
    what you do like the most about M Monochrom? Resolution or High ISO capabilities. Nice pics btw especially the young girl you took with J3/ Nice contrast on the Nikon 10.5 cm
    Best,
    Riko

  • #3391
    Brian

    The clean images: sensor uniformity, resolution, and dynamic range- just amaze me. ISO 2500 performance is incredibly smooth. I've used Kodak detectors for 20 years, starting with the KAF-1600. This one is the best ever. I am biased towards CCD's. It will be interesting to see images from the new M, but I am satisfied with the current setup. M9 for color, M Monochrom for B&W.

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