Leica Tri-Elmar 28-35-50mm f4

Started Jan 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Paul Richman
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Re: What about polarizers?

Irakly Shanidze wrote:

Of course there are situations when polarizer is indispensable, like when shooting through the glass against which you cannot press the lens hood. What happens though, you learn to avoid those situations

Good point.

As to reflections on foliage, water, etc., as unbelievable as it sounds, Leica lenses do handle them better than any other glass. The reason is, high micro-contrast, which resolves detail under the reflection making glare visibly more transparent.

I will try this out. My only experience with this so far is with Nikon, where it does make a big difference.

Incidentally, it is the micro-contrast that also makes slightly out-of-focus Leica pictures look sharper than they are. People who shoot their Summiluxes mostly wide open are not familiar with the effect, as micro-contrast becomes sufficiently high at f/2.8 and further increases when stopping down to f/8. Since Tri-Elmars are f/4, you don't have to stop down to see this. Just try it

Very cool! I love this sort of insight, Irakly. I will try it out to see for myself.

Again, kudos on your website! If's fabulous. Very different from what i shoot, which makes it doubly interesting to me.
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