Saturday, May 11, 2013

Whole Lotta Leica Results - Summicron Collapsible at LHSA Spring Shoot in South Florida!

 
South Florida Sky, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 160, f8, 1/350 sec.
 
I attended the LHSA (International Leica Society) Spring Shoot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in April. I shot quite a lot with my Whole Lotta Leica lens for the month, the Summicron 50mm collapsible.
 
(Click Here) to read about the lens.
 
Here are some more shots from the trip.
American Dream, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 160, f16, 1/180 sec.
As one of our outings, we visited Villa Vizcaya in Miami. Amazing what turn of the 20th century money could buy.
 
 
Garden Wall, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 160, f16, 1/125 sec.

It was hot and sunny, as we were there mid-day. Justin Stailey of Leica attended the Spring Shoot, and led a great street photography workshop a la Leica Akademie for us.
Leica's Justin Stailey Catching Some Shade, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 160, f3.5, 1/350 sec.
The new Leica Store in Miami welcomed our whole LHSA contingent, serving refreshments, talking Leica, and sharing some results from the new Leica M camera with us. I love the new Leica stores.

Leica Store, Miami, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 640, f3.4, 1/350 sec.
While the lights were low for the M presentation, I shot a few images of one of our Leica Store hosts in the near darkness.

Thoughtful, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 1250, f2.8, 1/25 sec.

My Summicron Collapsible caught the attention of Leica technical whiz Jim Lager. He noted the early serial number, and brought up the radioactive glass. Pretty good eye, catching that from across the table. Here's an example of shooting the old Summicron nearly wide open into the morning light, while I got coffee.

Morning Backlighting, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summicron 50mm f2 Collapsible Lens
iso 320, f2.4, 1/320 sec.
Not exactly flare-resistant, the old(est) Summicron does have character.

 
If you're a Leica enthusiast, please look into joining the LHSA. It's a wonderful society, with a first-rate quarterly publication, the "Viewfinder," and an amazing membership of people who know and love Leica and photography. We've recently started a Google+ community for LHSA, which I hope to really make interesting in the coming weeks.
 
(Click Here) to join LHSA. We promise to welcome you to the group!
 
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