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The joy of taking photos using manual focus lenses

I have been learning to record moments of life during this era of digital photography, and it has been a joyous and fulfilling journey for my soul and mind.  My photography journey has been filled with digitally clean and sharp photos.  However, when I viewed my photos, they  seemed to be more technical than artistic.  Some of us had labeled these photos as clinical photos without souls.

Then, about two months ago, I discovered the joy of taking photos with vintage and affordable world-class design manual focus Leica lenses. I had bought my copy of 50mm Summicron-R which was built in 1970 at a local used camera store in Costa Mesa.  The photos that have been created by this vintage Leica lens are not as sharp as my modern Fujifilm lenses such as 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2, but they carry my intended emotions. Perhaps, I have found a suitable tool for my artistic need which taking soulful photos to share with my friends!

Here is a photo which was taken during our beach walk using this wonderful Leica lens:

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