Reunited!! Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 :D

I just dug this old self portrait shot from the Flickr archives as it shows me using probably my favourite lens of all time. The Voigtlander (Nokton) 40mm f1.4 lens. It is ultra compact, really well made, super sharp and a joy to use. The Lumix G1 was my first ‘proper’ camera and from that developed my all consuming photography passion that is now a huge part of my life.

voigtlander 40mm f1.4

I remember the Nokton Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 arriving and I fitted in to my red Lumix G1 instead of the usual 14-45mm Lumix kit lens (via a Leica M- M42 adapter). WOW! I was blown away by the quality and shallow DOF. The kit lens started collecting dust and my collection of primes began. It was a dark day when I decided to move to the Nikon camp in search of bigger and better. What saddened me most was not parting with the Lumix G1, though it had served me well, but the fact that I could not use the Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 with Nikon bodies.

That was 2010. Now 2013 things have changed some what. I now own many cameras and lenses, have a studio, shoot as a model photographer and wedding photographer and also teach photography courses and lighting workshops. Not only that but I now shoot 35mm and medium format film.

Today I was chatting with a like minded photographer and we got onto the subject of his Leica M9. As i strive for ultimate perfection in my photography work i’m always looking for bigger and better. I’ve never owned a Leica or even held one but I know they are good. In part because of the great lenses available.

Can you see a link approaching..!? 🙂

After my friend left I got on ebay.. Leica M3.M4.. hmm. I wanted a 35mm film body so was looking at the older models. I then stumbled across a mint condition Voigtlander Bessa R3A…with…a..Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 lens with it! SOLD to the man with the finger on the buy it now button! ME! I couldn’t risk losing the bid.

Voigtlander Bessa R3A

So coming soon will be model photography using my nearly new all singing all dancing Voigtllander Bessa R3A using the amazing Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 optics! Excited!

Here are some of my favourite Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 shots taken with my Panasonic Lumix G1 (before my model photography passion):

At the Side of the Road
Drinking abroad (before)
Rush hour sunrise
Summer Meadow
Seeds in the air
It's going to be a beautiful day :)
Ilam Park
Just a log

Nokton Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 + Raynox 250 macro lens on Lumix G1 (My passion used to be macro!)
Chalkhill Blue (2)
#7 Peekaboo!
Spring Barbed Wire
Clematis leaf
Nokton 40mm / Raynox 250 combo #3

Lastly, look out for a slightly modified version of this photo with a dafodil on the swing as Marie Curie charity are using it as their 2013 photo.
With a View

Ken Rockwell’s thoughts on a Voigtlander 40mm.. “I never thought it would come to this, but this Voigtländer lens is better than Nikon’s own lenses: it has better optics, better mechanics, and better ergonomics. How about that!” I said! 🙂


Russian Moskva-5 Folding Camera

Moskva-5 by MatthewOsbornePhotography_
Moskva-5, a photo by MatthewOsbornePhotography_ on Flickr.

Here is a photo using my 1950s 6×9 Moskva-5 Russian medium format folding film camera. A pleasing result as not easy to operate in terms of focusing due to the 2 viewfinders (espcially if try to recompose shot after focusing!). Taken using Kodak T-Max 100 film self developed in 1:1 Xtol & 1:100 Rodinal (stand developed) 30min 21 degrees.

More Moskva-5 photos to follow once negatives scanned.
Russian Moskva-5 Folding Camera
Great compact camera that easily packs in a bag and that uses standard 120 medium format film. This camera is the largest format I currently shoot and the negatives are BIG! I also shoot 6×7, 6×6, 645 & 35m. I like the less common 6×9 format.

I picked up the camera from eBay in reasonable coondition. The key thing to look out for if buying one is to ensure the bellows have no light leaks. You can hold up to a bright light or shine a torch inside.

Earlier models of the Moskva were Soviet copies of the Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta. See here for more details –

For more about me as a Model Photographer you can see here –

or for Film Photography here –