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.
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.
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):
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!”
Yep..as I said! 🙂