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Subject: [Leica] Better bokeh?
From: digiratidoc at (James Laird)
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:41:18 -0500
References: <> <52DBF45E83C7417187EA5618A9A0498E@jimnichols>

Thanks Jim, those are outstanding images, but I'm not really
interested in how 'sharp' the images is but rather the juxtaposition
of the somewhat sharp to the absolutely out of focus areas of the
image. That's why I'm interested in which lens offers the best
'bokeh'. Is there any difference in bokeh between the different
versions of the 50/2.0 Summicron 1,2, and 3 cam lenses? If so, which
offers the best, smoothest out of focus image. And will the famous
Leica 'bokeh' make a significant difference over my antiquated Canon


On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Jim Nichols <jhnichols at> 
> James,
> I am using the 50/2.0 Summicron-R, and the 60/2.8 Elmarit-R Macro. ?The
> bokeh is fine at large apertures with both of them. The advantage of the 60
> is that one can focus down to about 10 inches, though the DOF at that point
> is VERY shallow. ?The following images in my gallery might give you and 
> idea
> of what to expect.
> My first post using the Elmarit:
> A similar post with the Summicron:
> Jim Nichols
> Tullahoma, TN USA
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "James Laird" <digiratidoc at>
> To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
> Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:18 PM
> Subject: [Leica] Better bokeh?
>> Which R lens in the 'standard' range (50-60mm) has the best bokeh?
>> I've found an interest in the macro world and shoot a lot with my old
>> trusty Canon 50 1.8 with a Kenko 12mm extension tube resulting in
>> shots like
>> <>
>> I'm interested in trying out an R lens due to Leicas legendary bokeh.
>> Which one is the 'best', if there is such a thing?
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