Category Archives: MS-Optics

Analogue Adventures – Part 10: Kodak Portra 160

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Portra 160 is the “professional” grade average speed color film from Kodak. This one roll of Portra 160 cost me as much as a triple pack of Gold 200, so was it worth it?

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Leica M6 | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/8.0 | Portra 160
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/8.0 | Portra 160 | cropped
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/4.0 | Portra 160
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/8.0 | Portra 160

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Review: MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia

Introduction

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MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia on Leica M10

I already reviewed a few of Miyazaki Sadayasu’s lenses but I had yet to get my hands on his MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia. Thanks to a reader from France I now got the chance and I am very curious what the pictures taken with it will look like and what its quirks are. Let’s discover together in this review.
Lens is being tested on 42mp Sony A7rII and 24mp Leica M10

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.0
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Leica M10 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.0
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Leica M10 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.0
ms-optics ms-optical apoqualia 35mm 1.4 fast noctilux angenieux leica m10 24mp 42mp review sharpness bokeh vignetting
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.0 | Gold 200

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Analogue Adventures – Part 9: Kodak Gold 200

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Kodak Gold 200

Kodak Gold 200 is something special these days. I don’t have the feeling it has ever been a highly praised 35mm film, but it is one of the few color films that is affordable and still widely available in 2022.

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Leica M6 | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/8.0 | Gold 200
kodak gold 200
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.8 | Gold 200
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Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.8 | Gold 200
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Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/2.0 | Gold 200

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Review: Techart LM-EA9 Leica-M to Sony-E Autofocus Adapter

Introduction

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Techart LM-EA9

When the original Techart LM-EA7 adapter had been released it was a revelation: turning your manual focus lenses into autofocus lenses, how great is that? But there were also quirks to overcome, some reliability issues and incompatibilities with later camera models.
Now 5 years later there is a fully reworked, improved version. Does it solve all the issues we had with its predecessor? Let’s have a closer look at this new Techart LM-EA9.

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Analogue Adventures – Part 8: Going small with MS-Optics lenses

Introduction

Leica M6 with MS-Optics 50mm 1.0 ISM and 24mm 2.0 Aporia

When using Leica M cameras I generally try to stick to using small lenses, but there is a problem: small lenses are usually slow and I find slow lenses (at least non-ultrawides) incredibly boring.
My workaround is using some of the MS-Optics lenses as they try to be small, lightweight and fast at the same time – at the cost of some optical compromises obviously.
I was a bit hesitant to use these lenses on film at first (doubts about rangefinder accuracy, focus shift and field curvature) but I decided to try nevertheless and exposed 4 films mainly using the 24mm 2.0 Aporia and the 50mm 1.0 ISM. How did it work out in the end? Let’s have a look.

24mm 2.0 Aporia

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Leica M6 | 500T | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/11

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