Hey very nice "backyard" Duane!
And great early spring colors. How do you rate that Summicron?
Good morning from here Pavel. How would I rate the Summicron? Well, other than the A12 28mm I've really never shot with a fixed lens before. The first thing I noticed with the A12 28 was how sharp it was. Granted, I soon became aware that it probably doesn't have an AA filter like the A12 Mount. But then fixed lenses are supposed to be sharper than zooms. The GXR blew away the images sharpness I had been getting from my Nikon D100 then D200 I own now.
When I became interested in the M Mount I began researching those lens options. I had heard of Leica but I really did not know anything at all about how important that company had been in the history of cameras.
The 40mm cron was an obvious choice for me as I could actually justify the price and I was looking at something longer than the 28mm. Plus its very compact for my travel needs Once on the camera I noticed right away it's unique "Leica" look to how it "draws". I don't think I've ever been able to get that "3D" look with my Nikon that I'm getting with this lens.
These images above required minimum tweaking in Aperture. They are DNG files and my normal flow in Aperture is to check Exposure, Recovery and Black Point sliders with the Luminance Histogram. Add a little with the Detail Slider and then click Auto Curves and Levels to see what that does.
Then I might add a Vignette. That's about it. Oh and maybe a crop if I didn't frame the shot well to begin with.
In the first shot I did remove a golf ball on the Green with the Aperture Clone tool and cloned a bush over an orange object in the far left of the photo that I couldn't crop out to get the framing that I wanted.
The only issues I have with the GXR is skin tones indoors with either the A12 28 or the M mount when shooting DNG.