Leica III with Canon Rangefinder 50mm f/1.4 Lens M39


I don’t usually post a camera twice unless I am testing a new film. BUT I decided to invest in a new lens for my Leica as I was unimpressed by the Summar. That lens seems to have a very light layer of haze. Though it is so even I am still only sure it is there due to the photos. I looked around and I could not afford a clearer Summar, not even close, so I plumped for this one. The Canon Rangefinder 50mm with a large f/1.4 aperture.

I loaded a film as soon as it arrived. Unfortunately, there is a typhoon on the way so it rained for days. Eventually, I thought sod it and took it out for a trial anyway.

The rain and the dark days meant I could only try it at apertures between f1.4 – f.2.8

I wasn’t expecting much as I had put in a 100asa film. I was pleasantly surprised.

The film and lens had managed to capture most things pretty sharply, with a good depth of field.

The exposure was also good, well-done smartphone light meter. The only issue I found was the cut-off point at the top. The camera seems to need me to aim above where I really intend to crop. This can be especially seen on the statue photos. I put the cherubs much closer to the centre.

I can’t wait to use the camera and lens on a brighter day.

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6 comments

  1. Wow! Excellent shots! Looks like you found a good one with the Canon. What a difference.

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  2. Great photos, definite wow factor. That canon lens has a great reputation.
    I cleaned an elmar once, not too complicated. If you’re feeling brave consider this, what have you got to lose really.
    http://tunnel13.com/blog/cleaning-e-leitz-wetzlar-summar-haze/

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    • I will check out your information, but I don’t think I am brave enough. I might see if there is a place in Tokyo that will do it for me. There probably is.

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  3. Muuuuuuuch better!

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