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Captured at Georgetown Penang, Malaysia

Leica M 21mm Elmarit – M

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In the seventh month of Lunar calendar, the Chinese community in Penang, Malaysia celebrates the Hungry Ghost Festival. Many believed that during this period the gate of hell is lifted spirits are free to roam the earth seeking for food and entertainment. I took this photo series at a ritual ceremony, where devotees offered prayers to the “大士爺“。 (Leica M, 21mm Elmarit-M, click on the photo for full resolution)







Shooting Lion Dance with Leica 21mm Elmarit-M

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot a Chinese traditional lion dance event with the Leica 21mm Elmarit-M ASPH mounted on the M240. The very short minimum focusing distance of 0.7 meter allowed me to frame very near to the subject. Along with a 92 degree view angle, the lens enable me to capture dramatical effect of the subject. The lens felt very solidly built when holding on my hands. The focus ring was very smooth and manual focus with the 21mm Elmarit  was very easy and fast.

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Pros – (Good things about the 21mm Elmarit-M)

  • No color cast at the edges of the frame when use with Leica M240.
  • Superb optic that is capable of producing high quality picture even when shooting with wide open aperture.
  • Very solid built quality.

Cons –

  • Some minor flare occur (when the sun is positioned at certain angle).
  • Big lens hood. It blocks small part of the viewfinder.
  • Odd filter size of 55mm. Sharing of filters with my other lens (35mm and 50mm summicron) is not possible.
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