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Leica TL2

I recently rented a TL2 with a 60mm f/2.8 and another 23mm f/2. This is my very first time using a Leica, so it took a while getting used to some of the very basics – like putting the lenses on and taking them off.
The TL2 is also completely controlled from the display and it doesn’t even have a view finder, that also made things a bit challenging.

Once I was able to get used to the “uniqueness”, it was quite fun to shoot. The 60mm was quite “slow”, but quality was V-E-R-Y good.

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– manzoor


50mm Lens

I am looking to get a 50mm lens for my D700. I have been “borrowing” my friend’s for a while now, but I am starting to feel a little guilty (also, I am not going to deny, am in a bit of “toy buying mode”).

In any case, I knew there were a few choices but was not expecting so many. Now I am in a “compare” mode.

Right now I am leaning ever so slightly towards the 1.4D. My reasoning so far (though I haven’t actually held a 1.4D in my hand):

  • Less expensive than the 1.4G
  • Smaller / Lighter than the 1.4G but looks more sturdy (less plastic, more metal)
  • I am not finding a whole lot of negative on the 1.4D or a whole lot of positive (overwhelming) on the 1.4G

A lot of people seem to really like the 1.8G (it IS significantly less expensive), but it seems a bit bigger then the 1.4D (almost as large as the G) but weighs the least of the 3.

I guess I should note that I do have a 35mm f/2 (Manual Lens) on long term loan from my friend which is just as good as any of the ones I am looking at. But, it is:

  • Manual focus (which is not as big a deal)
  • Unable to meter on my D700

– manzoor

  • Nikkor
    • 1.2
    • 1.4
      • D
      • G
    • 1.8G
  • Sigma

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Trying a Micro Four Third

Rented the Olympus E-M10 from Borrow Lens with the 75mm F1.8 and the 12-40mm f/2.8 for a week. But as luck would have it – we have been having constant rain the whole time. Given the recent draught conditions and lake levels in the central Texas area I really cannot complain about the rain – but it is making it very difficult to get some usage out of the rental 😦

To top it off – I forgot to put the memory card in it on Saturday.

– manzoor

Pix taken with the 75mm F1.8
Happy 16th!!! Leaves

Pix taken with the 12-40mm f/2.8
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