Leica M9 Macro Photography. It is possible after all! 🙂
This is f1.2 macro photography using a Voigtlander Classic Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii + my old friend the Raynox 250 macro lens clipped on. I used hyperfocal distance to focus as the Raynox focuses at a distance of 12cm on any camera.
There is vignetting on the 35mm lens but it would not be a problem on a 50mm lens or longer.
As expected it is difficult to judge / guesstimate focus at f1.2 using hyperfocal distance but stopped down to f4-f8 it is very easy to nail focus.
When I started out my photography with my first bridge camera 4 years ago macro was my thing, as portraits are today. I used to use a Panasonic Lumix G1 with a Voigtlander Classic Nokton 40mm f1.4 lens via adapter + the Raynox 250 macro lens attached. It was a killer combination for macro and I got some great photos from that setup. If you have both these lenses already you will correctly tell me that the Raynox 250 will not clip onto a 43mm filter thread diameter of a VC Nokton 40mm f1.4. Correct. But, if you attach the metal vented hood to the VC 40/1.4 you can then clip it to the larger 52mm filter threaded hood.
Here is my old Lumix G1 + Raynox 250 setup:
See here for more Lumix G1 + Raynox 250 examples:
Raynox 250 on the Leica M9:
I was lying in bed yesterday morning and thought there is no reason I cannot do the same macro photography with the Leica M9. It is not as easy to focus a Leica as I cannot see what I am focusing on for close-ups as the rangefinder focusing system does not operate at a distance closer than 0.7M.
Why do I want to do macro photography with a Leica?
At my last UK Leica wedding the Leica M9 could do 90% of the wedding but I used my Nikon D800 for wedding ring photos (macro photography) and for wide angle shots where the Voigtlander 21mm f4 was not quite wide enough for ‘wow’ shots (Used a Samyang 14mm f2.8 instead).
For my next Leica Wedding I can use the Raynox 250 + Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 prime lens for macro photos such as wedding rings and I will use my new Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar lens for the wide angle photos such as inside the church.
I am toying with the idea of a 75mm or 90mm prime for Leica portraits but I have the amazing Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s and Samyang 85mm f1.4 lenses for the Nikon D800.
A couple of lenses that interest me for the Leica M9:
Helios 40-2 85mm f1.5
Konica Hexanon 60mm f1.2
I will post some real Leica M9 macro shots (of something more interesting that a receipt!) using a 50mm prime lens when I get chance.
MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – UK Leica Photographer