March 6, 2022

From Gerald R. Lucas

Ride to Pine Mountain covid-19: day 708 | US: GA | info | act

It was just what I needed. Giles suggested a long ride to cheer me up, so we ventured west toward one of the best roads in west Georgia: GA-190. I took a few back roads over, and the ride took about two hours. The day was pretty perfect for riding, as the temperature hovered around 80 for the entire afternoon.

I asked Giles to bring along my Ultron 1.8/21 he'd been borrowing for a while, so the Leica SL wore that the whole day. Here's a shot from the FDR Overlook at Dowdell Knob, our first stop.


Quite a view. Yes, I boosted the saturation a bit; this shot is at f/8, I believe. After a brief poke around and few photos, we continued west until 190 ended at the Callaway Gardens Country Kitchen where we stopped for a bathroom break. Giles led heading back east, and we stopped a bit more for photos.

This Ultron does impress, I have to say. Look at the perfect focus and falloff of the peach blossom. There is a bit of close-focus adapter working here, and it looks great. I've been itching for something wider than my trusty Summicron 35 lately, and this might suffice for a while. I have had my eye on the new Ultron 2/28 from Voigtlander, so I might say my pennies for that one. People seem to like it.

By the time we got back home, I was pretty beat. We traveled close to 200 miles, so that's a pretty good first ride of the season. The BMW R 1200 GS was up for it. Thanks, Giles. I see many more rides like this ahead of us.

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Leica Camera and Lens Information
📷: Leica M8 (09/2022–) • Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV)Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-ElementAsahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135Canon 1.4/50 LTM Helios 44m-4 2/58Industar 61 2.8/55Jupiter-8 2/50Jupiter-9 2/85Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Olympus Zuiko 2.8/24Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28Olympus Zuiko 1.8/50Olympus Zuiko 2/85Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21Voigtländer Ultron 2/28. Processed with Capture One Pro.