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The biggest advantage is that you get 3X more light sensitivity. With a bayer filter, every photosite gets 1/3 of the light that falls on it because the filter blocks 2/3 of incoming light to filter for one primary color. So the sensor becomes more sensitive to light. That means that less amplification of the read-out signal to get the same ISO as with a ...


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At first glance, I suspected a bad seal on your camera back. But then I noticed the pattern on the last sample image. It looks like the light leak occurred during development, due to the light "shadow" (for lack of a better term) of the sprocket holes along the bottom edge. The light had to leak onto the film when the film was wound loosely. Are you ...


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These images were made using a negative color film. The left edge of these images show plus density on the positive images you posted. That translates to the fact that the corresponding areas of the negatives have negative density. In other words the defect as seen on the negatives are will show a lessening of density. Thus this cannot be a light leak ...


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I don't think this model has a built-in light meter. The dial you are referring to is just a reminder indicator. You set it when you load film and then weeks later when you pick up the camera, you consult the dial setting to remind you what film you have loaded. Use a hand-held light meter or the "Sunny f/16 Rule" to set your camera.


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You'd have to wonder why people would go as far as sawing off the front of their DSLR if there was another way to do it! M rangefinder lenses are designed to sit closer to the film/sensor than an SLR body allows, hence the need to saw off the front to get them to work. Any simple adaptor would place the lens too far away, and you wouldn't be able to focus ...


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I have a very similar light leak on my m6 and I'm pretty sure I just figured out that it's coming from a the tiny plastic plugs that held the strap pad (correct term?) in place on the right side of the body, above the strap lug. Not all m6's have them but the later ones do I believe. I carefully went around the seams with a flashlight while jamming my eye ...


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No, this does NOT look like a light leak during development. This is most likely a light leak at the top of takeup area in the camera. Most cameras move the film from the cartridge at left to the takeup spool at right, when looking at the back of the camera and the lens pointed away from you normally. Since the scene is projected onto the film plane ...


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It looks like a German DIN 49491 connector, see http://www.kalthoff-elektro.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=329 and https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger%C3%A4testecker#.E2.80.9EWaffeleisenstecker.E2.80.9C. They are due to their main use case also known as “Waffeleisenstecker”, “Bügeleisenstecker” or “Heißgerätestecker”. ...


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As it happens Stack Exchange gave me a chance to try it out, with the (no longer active) Gear Grant Program. I rented an OM-D EM-5 body and the lens for a couple of weeks, and took it with me everywhere. My first impression was slight disappointment — although it's a mix of metal and plastic construction, it feels much more plasticky than Pentax's "Limited" ...


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In addition to Itai's excelent points, it is also worth mentioning that processing the RAW image becomes significantly easier. With a normal bayer pattern, each pixel on the sensor records only one color (red, green, or blue). The RAW converter has to process this information into an image where each pixel contains full color information. So each pixel in ...


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If it’s limited to just the first few frames, there are two likely causes: It could have been caused while rolling the film in the developing holder or while removing the excess humidity on the film after the water bath. It could also be that the camera had some debris (left over by improperly cleaning it during the CLA, find another place for its next CLA) ...


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Reduction of light transmission. The specific amount depends on the specific design. An additional set of refracting elements in the light path, thus an additional distortion / aberration / Image Quality reduction factor. Observable decrease in sharpness at high contrast edges within image. In the case of add-on extenders specifically: Dust between the main ...


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As per your question and the answer you already got, you know that the lens has to be mounted closer to the sensor and you show some reluctance in chopping parts of your body. So what remains is to consider how close can you get: Canon EF 50mm F/1.2: Same field of view. Pricey but not when you compare it to the Leica F/0.95. No need to break or buy a camera ...


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Unlike the Metabones Speedbooster which acts as a focal reducer, their M -> E adapter is purely mechanical (there isn't enough space for a focal reducer) so the focal length and field of view are unchanged. This is a good thing as the A7R has a full-frame sensor so you get the correct field of view and the image circle covers the sensor. Newer Leicas are '...


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The Leica M mount is the Leica M mount. Whether the camera is film or digital, a Leica M lens should work with a Leica M mount camera. In the other hand, Leica L mount lenses (introduced in 2014) will only work on recent Leica L mount cameras, all of which are digital. In the early 1970s Leica released an M mount camera named the CL. It used M mount lenses....


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If I simply include a color card in the image. Will I be able to capture color information perfectly? No. A color target recorded in monochrome does not carry the information necessary to reconstruct color information. We can think of color as being comprised of three basic parts: chroma (or hue), saturation, and lightness (or value). When you record a ...


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It looks to me like the turning action of the focus ring (from infinity to close) causes the gold coloured inner ring to move forwards with the lens arrangement. As can be seen in the link provided by 2012rcampion in a comment: closest focusing distance infinity: Looking now at the diagram this allows the small arm which pushes on the back of this to ...


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I think there were a number of real reasons for 'a look', and most of those no longer apply...but others may have taken their place. The real ones IMHO are historic. 35mm Changed Photography Leica invented 35mm and suddenly a lot of professional reportage and suchlike became infinitely more portable. This meant that there were Leica type photographs, ...


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There may be a work around using Adobe DNG Converter. I don't have a Mac to try it on, but it can convert many DNGs to a more generic type.


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A front mounted wide converter will most likely reduce image quality by introducing new elements into the optical path, increasing the change of flare, as well as increasing the amount of refraction occurring which will result reduced corner sharpness and more distortion/aberrations (unless the adaptor is very well corrected). A front mounted wide converter ...


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Old Leica screw-mount cameras were designed to be used with longer leaders. You have two options: Reshape the leader with scissors or other cutting implement. You may make or purchase a leader template if desired. See YouTube: How to load 35mm film in to a Screw Mount Leica. Load the film without reshaping the leader. Make sure the film is fully seated so ...


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To an extent, Leica M- and S-system equipment is expensive due to unusually tight tolerances, strict quality control, high-quality materials, very low production volume, and more manual labor during manufacturing. However, these factors alone do not explain this substantial premium. Leica is positioned as a luxury brand among camera equipment manufacturers ...


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I'd like to note that with a B&W sensor, you only capture luminance, so, if you need to apply colour filters you must do so physically with actual optical filters at capture time. But you can do this in post when you convert an RGB image to B&W, for example by mixing channels or adjusting individual channel properties before converting. I'm not ...


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This mostly depends on what you define fairly mechanically inclined as. I do electronic design and assembly professionally, and have a hobbyist interest in dissecting and repairing cameras and lenses of all varieties. I have taken apart a significant number of point-and-shoot digital cameras, and I can tell you from experience that there is a large element ...


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Good news, Aperture now supports Leica M Monochrom DNGs! Enjoy.


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For trying out film photography, buy the cheapest, non-expired ISO 400 colour negative film you can find - in an attempt to keep costs down. Sure, you can buy Portra if you want, but no film will make up for a poorly-exposed shot (for example). Good results can easily be achieved with Kodak and Fujifilm's cheaper films. Learn to be frugal with your photos. ...


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Film photography is more expensive and more hassle than digital photography. Therefore, don't do initial learning with film. Learn the basics with digital. Once you get the equipment, the incremental cost of a picture is basically 0, unlike with film. You can learn about general exposure, framing, shutter speed effects, depth of field effects, and the ...


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When it comes to adapting lenses with simple ring adapters so that they'll still focus to infinity, the issue is merely one of image-plane to lens mount depth. Because a ring takes up physical space, you can really only adapt from a thicker mount to a thinner one without requiring a glass element to act as a teleconverter (and possibly diminishing image ...


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