Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/01/27

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: A Different Way to Use Leica-R Lenses
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Tue Jan 27 20:48:41 2009

I enjoy the convenience of digital cameras, but lugging a DSLR with a zoom 
lens is not my idea of a day out taking photos.  In searching for a prime 
lens to place on my Oly E-510, I wanted something near normal FL and also 
capable of producing good images. I also wanted something that would not 
blow my personal budget.  In looking at Leica-R lenses, I preferred a 
Wetzlar lens.  This led me to rule out the Elmarit-R 24 and settle on the 
Elmarit-R 28/2.8.

>From less than 24 hours with this combination, I will offer these comments: 

Pros: Good balance when being carried on a neck strap. Very good images. 
Focuses down to 12 inches.

Cons: All-manual lens operation.  Less than ideal focusing through the 
finder.  Better, but awkward, focusing using Live View.

I am beginning to master the focusing effort through the finder. With the 
28mm FL, zone focusing using the DOF scale also works well.

Two views of the combination are shown here:

A quick image taken with this combination is shown here:

Comments and critiques welcomed.

All this composed and uploaded while dealing with intermittent Internet 
service because of the ice storm in Kentucky.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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