Leica M9 Vintage B&W Look

Leica M9 Portraits with a Slight Vintage Feel

Candid shot of model Katie from fashion photography shoot in London yesterday.

Leica M9 & Voigtlander Classic 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii shot wide open.

Black and white JPEG SOOC (straight from SD card) hence no watermark.

I think the soft focus and Leica B&W tones help give this shot a more vintage look.

Here is another example Leica M9 B&W JPEG SOOC which to me also doesn’t look digital. Katie sorting out her makeup in Regent’s Park, London shot with the lens I recently bought in Ukraine (on a FED-2 film camera for under Β£10), the Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 shot wide open at f2.8.Β  A nice little lens and very light.Β  Less contrast vs. modern lenses due to the older lens coating but I like it.

Industar 26M on Leica M9

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2 thoughts on “Leica M9 Vintage B&W Look”

  1. Amazingly wonderfully film like. Quick story. When I first bought my M9 and a 35 Summarit lens, extra battery, back in 2010, the one day outlay of cash was such a shock that I couldn’t muster enough for more than one like, 8 gig, memory card. Immediately jumped on a plane to an event in Chicago. I was at that point unsure about how many shots I would be able to fit on that one card, paranoid about both running out of memory on the trip and fearing some glitch in offloading the card to a laptop, which I hadn’t done yet with this camera. So as much as I could I switched the camera to the vintage B&W mode to save space on this two day trip. When I got back and worked those jpegs, I desaturated the reddish sepia and added some contrast and was stunned at those images. They were so film-like. The little Summarit was so vintage 35mm Life photography like. Anyway. Your shots are wonderful. I guess I’ve been too much in love with the drama of the color I’m getting now to just shoot B&W jpegs out of my M-E (sold the M9) that I rarely do this, but I think it’s GREAT shortcut to film-like vintage-looking B&W shots from the Ms.

    Anyway, here’s some links to some of the shots from that first weekend with the M9 shooting on vintage B&W jpegs.



    And here’s two favorites.



    And here is a much more recent example of this when I shot Mary Ellen Mark at the new Leica Store and Gallery this past summer.


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