Thursday, July 20, 2017

LEICA RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING TL2 ISSUE





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By Josh Lehrer, Leica Store Miami

Leica just released a statement acknowledging a serious issue with the recently released TL2 camera. In some cases, when using the Visoflex (Typ 020) electronic viewfinder on the TL2, the camera can be rendered completely inoperable with no way to recover.

At the moment, all sales of TL2 cameras have been halted until the issue is resolved. Fortunately, Leica has indicated the cause has been identified and that an upcoming firmware update can fix the issue. The official statement, from Leica:

We have identified the cause of the failure when using the TL2 in combination with the electronic viewfinder (Visoflex). It is very likely that this can be resolved with a firmware update. In order to avoid any and all risks, the new firmware will be tested intensively. As soon as the tests have been completed successfully, we will inform you accordingly.

If you’ve already purchased a TL2, the camera will work fine as long as you do not use a Visoflex. If you have experienced the failure and your camera has stopped working, you can contact your original dealer to arrange for a return/exchange. We will continue to post updates as we receive them and will also post a link to the new firmware when it is released.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

OLD GLASS MEETS NEW FANGLED SENSOR








I think that one should invest in decent lenses, because the picture quality of a photo often depends on this. I also know that many like experimenting with old lenses, especially because they often have their very own charm. They are not always the sharpest, but often have their very own individual bokeh. In the past, I was less interested in old glass. I always thought that I could try to take the picture of my life and then end up with just mud with beautiful bokeh. If only there wasn’t the problem that I like to experiment and play around.  So it happened that I was a guest at Andreas Jorns’ and he told me that he had just bought an old Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0 which he absolutely raved about.  Suddenly there was the desire to play with old lenses. With Leica you have the advantage that even very old items work perfectly. With an M camera you just don’t think about autofocus.

I strolled to my Leica dealer Meister Camera with the intention of demonstrating my camera strap but ended up leaving the store with a pack of old 50 mm shards. My buddy at the shop was picking up something in a container of old glass and gave me an Elmar f/3.5 of 1935, a Summar f/2.0 of 1937, Summitar f/2.0 of 1951 and a Jupiter f/2.0 of 1990. Nice toys. In addition, there was also a bit of background information by Mr. Bertram, who apparently knows every old lens and its history. I was very curious to see how things were going.

Ultimately, I limited myself to the Summar and the Summitar. Four lenses were a bit too much.  After all, you have to take a pictures and changing constantly just confuses me. In the exif data unfortunately you don’t see which lens was used. I used both lenses for the first test pictures at a workshop and was instantly intrigued. Of course, Scampi had to be the first test object, which is almost a tradition with new lenses. Since the aperture of the Summitar jammed, I know with certainty that I always used f / 2.0.

Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0
Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0
Raw image, Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

As far as sharpness goes, I was more than surprised. With some re-sharpening in Capture One, the result was quite impressive. I was almost disappointed.  Could it be that this old lens was better than many new products?

Here are some more pictures I took with the Summitar. A few of them also in the unedited version.

Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0
Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0
Raw image, Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0 an M10
Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0 an M10
Raw image, Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M10

Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0 an M240
Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M240

Leica Summitar 50 mm f/2.0 an M240
Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 on Leica M240

I must say that the Summitar surprised me. Considering that it is from 1951 and that it has to work with a modern sensor with relatively high resolution, this is really impressive.  In addition I have to mention that you get these things for 200 € to 400 €. Without further editing, the images are not quite as crisp, but that can be corrected if you want to. The bokeh has this slightly swirly bokeh, but not quite as extreme as for instance a Petzval lens. And the coolest is, of course, the look. If I show up with this thing at the next wedding, then one or the other will certainly be wondering. The sharpness decreases somewhat toward the edges, which is of no problem for me because I rarely place important matter in the corners.

Links: Summitar; Rechts: Summar
Left: Summitar: Right: Summar

But let's go back a step further. The Summar 50 mm f/2.0 to my knowledge was the first 50 mm with an aperture of f/2.0 that Leica built. Like the Summitar, it has a screw thread, so you need an adapter for the M. Focusing with the rangefinder also worked flawlessly.  Just look at the pictures and judge for yourself:

Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Raw image, Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Raw image, Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Unbearbeitet / Leica Summar 50 mm f/2.0 von 1937
Raw image, Leica Summar 50mm f/2 made in 1937

Well, I am not one who can examine and evaluate pictures to the smallest detail and their technical perfection. But what I see at first glance amazes me. Why do I pay so much for modern lenses? In view of the age these lenses of more than 80 years, this is an impressive achievement.  However, I must note that both lenses do not particularly like back light. Here the coating of new lenses becomes noticeable.  As indicated above, I am almost a little bit disappointed that these things are so good. The Summar seems to be a much unloved child and therefore is often available for less than 200 €. If you pay 400 €, then there is the possibility that there is a camera in back of the lens.  I hope this does not change with this article.

I really enjoy the two old lenses. Let's see which I will keep it. Preferably, both. I have to try to make a deal with my dealer friend. If you are in Hamburg, pay Meister Camera a visit. They have a lot of old treasures lying around and they gladly give you advice.


If you like, please comment on your experiences with old lenses. I'm limited to Leica here, but there are possibilities without end.

A camera makes a girl twice as hot.  Taken with a Leica Q


Translated from German by Heinz Richter
For the original article go here



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