Using the Leica M, Nikon D810 and Olympus EM5 by Tamer Erden

Using the Leica M, Nikon D810 and Olympus EM5

by Tamer Erden

Dear Steve,

First of all, I’d like to thank you for this enthusiastic web site hosting those either amateur or professional photographers’ creations. As you might remember, I submitted a user report regarding the M43 system before (

After that I had used Nikon D810 for more than one year. Actually I’m really satisfied with the results. Mainly I had used it with Sigma 50mm 1.4 art and 180mm 2.8 lenses. Since I am dealing with the aesthetic and plastic surgery, shooting the portraits of people is my main subject of interest in photography. And now I’ve been shooting with a Leica M (Typ 240) and Zeiss 35mm ZM 1.4 Distagon for last three months. It cannot compete with the Nikon’s better dynamic range and super-detailed images, but it creates very filmic images that I really love, also known as Leica look.  I’d like to add some portraits taken by aforementioned cameras. Thanks for your feedbacks and inputs.


Figures 1-13 Leica M (Typ 240) and Zeiss 35mm 1.4 ZM Distagon, wide open.

Figures 14-18 D810, Sigma 50mm art, wide open

Figures 19-21 E-M5 75mm 1.8, wide open

Tamer Erdem


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  1. John, only the Leica shots were done with a 35mm. The others were 50mm and 150mm ff eq respectively, and they were all shot, for some reason, wide open.

    Due to the distance to subject observed, any meaningful difference in rendering quality has vanished. But they’re all good images, although for portraits I’d like to get a lot closer,

  2. I shot with 75mm 1.8 and EM1 seagulls in flight and most shots were tack sharp which surprised me
    I did expect the auto focus to be that good. A truly special lens and even better on Oly EM1 NO II which I can’t justify.

    Hard to tell differences between cameras and lens other that we all know about 10:1 In price of purchase.

    Thanks for your lovely set of portraits. Each person stands out nicely.

    Bob in Chicago

  3. I really like your portraits. By and large you have kept your distance and avoided the typical 35mm close-up facial distortions, and I think your people are really well framed by the surroundings you include. I’m going to have another 35mm try!!

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