Leica M9 Ford Mustang!

Leica M9 Wedding Car ..and another Digital vs. Film Comparison!

Unedited shot from Leica M9 using the low saturated colour JPEG setting (as away from laptop!) Pleased with tones and the shadow depth of field using my Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii wide open (at f1.2). Fantastic lens.

Another unedited Leica M9 sample with the Voigtlander 35/1.2
Retro Leica M9 Wedding

If you live in the UK and want to hire this car for your wedding you can at – Mustang Wedding Company

Leica M9 vs. Medium Format Film

I think used wide open the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 on the Leica M9 can give an almost medium format film look due to the shallow DOF and colour tones. I think if I had used one of my medium format film cameras and 120 Kodak Portra colour film it would not have been hugely different from this shot.

The 35mm is for sure my favourite plus most expensive lens so far. I do not currently own any Leica glass so I am basing my thoughts on owning: Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 (reviews to come), V 21mm f4, V 28mm f2 Ultron and VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 + Zeiss ZM 50mm f2 T, Jupiter 3 (50/1.5) and Industar 52mm f2.8 (review to follow).

For value for money the Russian lenses can do a fine job and the little VC Nokton 40/1.4 the best value Voigtlander (I think).

http://www.MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica M9


My Wedding Photography @ Ramada Solihull Hotel Wedding Fayre

My Wedding Photography + The Ramada Solihull Hotel Wedding Fayre


Leica Wedding Photography / Bridal Photography

As a UK Leica Wedding Photographer and also fashion photographer I enjoy bridal photography as it is the perfect mix of beautiful models and dresses without the rush and stress of the actual wedding day. I love my model photography as I am 100% in control of the location and impact the lighting has on the final image. I can move models exactly and pose perfectly to make the most of the available light or light from a videolight/ speedlight.

On a wedding day the location and couple can both look stunning but time is rarely available to stop proceedings for long so you must capture what you can when you can and get yourself in the right position to benefit from available light.

One of the best wedding photographers at shooting with available light is Jeff Ascough. I believe he now uses Canon Mark IIIs due to the high ISO capabilities but he used to use Leica. I try to do the same as he does with his full auto Canon with my manual Leica M9 and the light sucking Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii lens. I have a DSLR (Nikon D800) but found there was no real challenge in getting a nice photo. I then turned to film photography to challenge myself and used various old cameras for my paying client work, model photography fashion and beauty shoots and for weddings.

The Leica M9 is the best of both worlds. It feels and operates like my film cameras yet it produces digital images which speeds up my workflow.

The Wedding Market

The market is currently saturated with people calling themselves wedding photographers who own a mid range DSLR and want to make some extra cash. They put their camera on full auto mode, add TTL (auto) flash and shoot in excess of 1000-2000 images on the day. Light levels are no longer a factor as the camera will automatically correctly expose every photo regardless of ambient light. Hopefully the couple will be pleased with their photos and normally benefit from a low wedding photography cost as these guys normally undercut the ‘pros’.

My Wedding Photography Style

I like to be different so use my manual Leica M9 for wedding photography both in the UK and across Europe. It means I have to think more and work fast but I like the challenge. I favour black and white photography but couples have the option of colour photos too. I hope my B&W photos look more like black and white fine art images than standard colour wedding shots. They often look more organic (to me)(that being less sharp and more textured) and have a timeless quality.


Looking ahead to 2014

In advance of 2014 i’ll be a attending the Ramada Solihull Hotel Wedding Fayre on Sunday 29th September 2013. I will have a small stand and will also cover the event and capture the bridal catwalk. Show starts at 11am through til 3pm, with free car parking & 10% off a Sunday lunch on the day.

Extra info – Exhibitors ranging from Florists, Wedding Stationary to Hog Roasts & Wedding Singers.

Venue Location – Ramada Solihull Hotel, The Square, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RF

Contact – Samantha Morgan / 0121 711 5482 / http://www.ramadasolihullhotel.co.uk

Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica M9 Wedding Photographer

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FED-2 & Industar 26M 52mm f2.8

Russian FED-2 35mm Rangefinder with Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 lens

Photo of Ukranian model Julia trying out my new FED-2 rangefinder camera taken with Leica M9.

I was in Hungary so took a taxi across the border to Ukraine for the weekend to do some model photography in Uzhgorod. While out on a walk I passed an antique shop so went in to see if they had any vintage Soviet cameras. I enjoy film photography and use both 35mm and medium format cameras, BUT.. on this occasion I was after M39 or Leica M lenses. They had a few old Soviet cameras, many in bad shape with lens not fit for photos. I found two that looked OK. One had a 50mm f2 lens collapsible but I could not see how it could be removed from the camera. The other was a Russian FED-2 1950’s rangefinder with an Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 lens attached. For less than Β£10 I could not resist the purchase! πŸ™‚

FED-2 Industar 26M

Why buy legacy glass (vintage lenses) for the Leica M9?

I already own a very sharp Zeiss ZM Planar T 50mm f2 which produces photos with a modern digital look to them. I have a Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton Classic that produces slightly softer images shot wide open and gives photos a slightly vintage look to them. I have a Soviet Jupiter 3 50mm f1.5 Zeiss Sonnar copy that is extremely soft shot at f1.5 on the Leica M9. Each lens gives photos unique characteristics and I enjoy using a selection of modern and older lenses on the M9. One lens I would love to use is the legendary Leica 50mm f0.95 Noctilux but at the moment I am neither rich nor mad enough to spend Β£8k on a lens!

Off Topic – Voigtlander lenses

I currently don’t have any Leica lenses and feel Voigtlander lenses give the best value for money. I own the Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar (latest purchase and review to come!), the Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2, as mentioned the VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 (amazing VFM)(new review with examples to come) and my most expensive lens so far, the fantastic Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii. The VC 35/1.2 is sharp enough at f1.2 to use for wedding photography and for paying clients. I shot an entire wedding on the Leica M9 using just the VC 35/1.2. At ISO 800 and using handheld with a shutter speed of 1/8 it lets you shoot with almost no light.

Back on Topic! – Colours from Vintage Glass

Another reason I bought the FED-2 + Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 lens is older lenses are said to give more natural colours due to the lens coating. As per my recent post (De-saturated Leica M9 colours vs. Kodak Portra film) I think good colour film still has the edge over digital for portrait photography and natural skin tones. If I can get such tones using older lenses from the Leica then the M9 can really do pretty much all my film cameras offer. I have not shot any black and white film since purchasing the M9 as the in camera black and white JPEGs are just as good in my opinion. I hope I will shoot more film in the future but at the moment it is on hold.

Older lenses and flare (halo effect)

One characteristic of some old lenses is they can be said to produce soft focus looking images when shot at their widest aperture. The apparent softness is often a combination of less contrast (due to lens coating) and flare rather than lack of sharpness. Highlights sometimes have a halo effect which is often viewed as β€˜soft’. For portraits soft focus can sometimes be an advantage and I find for some models the super sharp (sharp and contrasty) Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 can be less forgiving for anything other than perfect youthful skin so I switch to the VC 40/1.4.

Russian Roulette!

One problem of buying vintage Russian lenses such as Jupiter glass and here an Industar is that some lens models were built in multiple locations over an extended period with numerous versions so the quality can be a little hit and miss. Some lenses can be very good and the images are hard to tell apart from the lens they are based on (such as Jupiter 3 is copy of the Zeiss Sonnar design) and some can be poor quality.

I was unable to test the lens in the shop on my Leica as I did not have my M39-Leica M adapter with me so fingers crossed I got a nice one! πŸ™‚

Results using the vintage Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 lens on the Leica M9 coming soon!

Samples – SOOC

Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 - Test Shot

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – UK Leica Wedding Photographer / Fashion Photographer

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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH II

Voigtlander Classic 40mmΒ f1.4 / Voigtlander Bessa R3A + Nokton 40mm f1.4

Painting or Photo?

The Leica M9 + Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4 lens is more of a paint brush than digital camera at times.

Shot at f1.4 the VC 40mm f1.4 lens can create very unique and interesting bokeh. This is a 33% crop of the original photo.

I will do a full post on the VC 40mm soon including a range of example photo using the Leica M9 for model photography


Leica M9 Colours vs. Colour Slide Film

Leica M9 Colours vs. Colour Slide Film

I tend to do black and white photography with my Leica M9. On occasion though I do take colour images and use the DNG files (rather than Leica M9 B&W in camera JPEGs).

In a recent post I compared desaturated Leica M9 colours to Kodak Portra film which I love for my model photography / wedding photography portraits.

The normal Leica M9 DNG file colours tend to be much more saturated and for my subjects often too saturated. For me the standard Leica M9 colours are more like colour slide film or perhaps Fuji Superia film.

I did a models photography shoot in Ukraine with model Katya last weekend and her red dress and red lipstick suited brighter colours. In this mini series I really liked the Leica M9 colours and they made a nice contrast to the desaturated tones when I shot with model Yulya the day earlier.

Here are a few more Leica M9 examples using the very sharp Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 T lens.

Leica M9 Colours

Leica M9 Colours (3)

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – UK Leica Photographer

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Darkroom or Lightroom?

Leica – Darkroom or Lightroom?

Another model photography image with the Leica M9 from Ukraine last weekend. Model Yulya drinking a cuppa on her balcony. Available light portrait.

Lens – Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4

B&W in camera JPEG with contrast enhanced in LR3.

I love the film look of the Leica M9 images. I don’t think I could ask for more. Images look like they came straight from the darkroom yet in fact it was the result of 2 minutes in Lightroom. πŸ™‚


Portrait Photography Lighting – On Location

Portrait Photography Lighting – On Location

Leica M9 night portraits on location in Ukraine.


Any guesses as to my choice of light setup?

I’ll give you a clue.. it had to match the Leica M9 in terms of size and portable…

Keylight – street billboard
Rim light – Bike light placed on fence behind

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Photography Courses & Lighting Workshops

If you want to learn how to light people with any light source join me at my Coventry UK studio where I offer 1-2-1 photography tuition and lighting workshops, specialising in portrait photography lighting

This shot was unplanned.. we met her mate in the street in Uzhgorod so I setup this quick portrait photo with what we had around us.

The Leica M9 does not excel at high ISOs so by doing night photography by avaliable light sources I could keep the ISO low.



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