Leica M9 Available Light Night Photography
I know many of the reviews on the Leica M9 are not that favourable for low light work but I am more than happy with it’s performance using a fast lens (wide aperture such as f1.4).
Above is sample with model Mira in Ukraine using the Leica M9 + VC Nokton 40mm f1.4
More examples below with model Gina and Leica M9 + VC Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii, UK
Obviously the results from the 2 Voigtlander lenses are not really comparable as the 35/1.2 is almost 4x the price of the little VC 40/1.4. The VC 35/1.2 is sharp wide open whereas the 40mm tends to give a more vintage look and is softer.
After coming from a Nikon D800 DSLR I think the main advantage some people may overlook when doing low light Leica photography is being able to use very slow shutter speeds handheld with relative ease and still get sharp usable results.
The 40/1.4 example shot is at 1/15, IS0 800 but a shutterspeed of 1/8 is easy enough to do free standing and if you have something to lean against or can sit down can do 1/4 or slower if need to.
MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer