Leica Wedding – Hindu Wedding

Leica Wedding Photography – Hindu Wedding

Here is a teaser from last weekend. A two day Asian Wedding in Essex at the amazing Boreham House Wedding Venue. Jat and Alopi invited me along to provide their wedding photography coverage for the day.

I am currently looking at getting a second Leica M body for weddings but for now I use a Leica M9 plus a Nikon D800.

The groom photo above of Jat getting ready in the morning is a square crop shot with the Leica M9 + CV Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii.

The bride photo below of Alopi getting ready for her Hindu ceremony was shot with the Nikon D800 + Nikkor 35-70/f2.8D lens. It looks like a studio model shoot photo but in fact was window light only, shot on location amongst the chaos!


More samples to follow in the next post

www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk – Leica Wedding Photographer


Zeiss 21mm ZM f2.8 Biogon lens (Leica M mount)

Zeiss 21mm ZM f2.8 Biogon lens (Leica M mount)

Mini review of my new Zeiss 21mm ZM Biogon lens on the Leica M9

Zeiss 21mm ZM f2.8 Biogon


for Leica Fashion Photography & Leica Street Photography

Yesterday I had another productive day shooting in London. 600 images, 8 hours of photography and many miles walked. I did a mix of Leica street photography and street fashion portraits with irish model Leona.

In my camera bag for the day was:

3 Camera Bodies –
  • Leica M9 body
  • Voigtlander Bessa R3A body (35mm film)
  • Panasonic Lumix G3 body + M4/3 – Leica M adapter(Backup)
Prime lens trio – 21mm, 35mm, 50mm –
  • Zeiss ZM 21mm f2.8 Biogon
  • Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii
  • Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 (“Cron”)
Speedlight + SD cards, batteries and the usual.

Of the above equipment taken the usage was:

100% M9 / 0% Film / 0% G3
80% ZM 21f2.8 / 20% 50f2 / 0% 35/1.2

I took the Cron to give it a day out and for more sample shots but I must say I prefer my Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 C and Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4. It is a 50mm focal length so was used when I needed that range but it didn’t give me any wow factor. The Voigtlander Nokton 35mmm f1.2 ASPH ii is a fantastic lens but had already proved itself previously so I was keen to test the new ZM 21mm the most.

Zeiss 21mm ZM portraits

Example photos using the Zeiss ZM 21/2.8 for Leica fashion photography with Irish model Leona. When using a 21mm lens for portraits it is important to get the angle correct otherwise you can distort the image /subject.

Zeiss ZM Biogon
21mm Portrait
ZM 21mm Portrait
Catwalking down The Mall, London

Street photography with Zeiss 21mm ZM

Here is me using the ZM Biogon 21/2.8 for Leica street photography. 21mm is a wider focal length than many Leica street photographers use. It means you need to be very close to your subjects for them to have any impact in the image. Getting close to people in the street is in effect breaching their comfort zone so it can be a little unnerving yet exciting at the same time. If you get caught the best defence is just to smile!

Leica Street Photography
Candid Street Photography
21mm ZM
Regent Street London

Conclusion – Zeiss 21mm ZM f2.8 Biogon

Lens of the day was without doubt the Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8. It is very sharp and a very versatile focal length. I used an auxilary 21mm viewfinder initially for composition but once the speedlight was occupying the Leica M9 hotshoe I just guestimated for the rest of the day.

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Leica M Mount Lens King Of Bokeh Test!

Leica M Mount Lens King Of Bokeh Test

(Testing shallow DOF & bokeh with lenses at their widest aperture)

I did a similar test a long time ago when had my Lumix G1. It was an unplanned spur of the moment thing today.

The Bokeh Test

  • All lenses used at widest aperture and minimum focus distance.
  • All photos taken as B&W JPEG on Leica M9. All processed as I do all my images through LR3 with increased sharpness.

Qu. Which Leica M mount lenses were tested?

  • 1) Leica Elmar 135mm f4
  • 2) Leica Summicron 90mm f2
  • 3) Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5
  • 4) Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4
  • 5) Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii

(I did not test the slower Zeiss ZM Planar 50m f2 and Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5)

Qu. Winner of the Leica M mount Bokeh test (and shallow DOF)?

  • Leica Summicron 90mm f2 is King of Bokeh from lenses I own in terms of giving a very shallow DOF.

Qu. Lens giving the deepest DOF and so to me the least useful for my portraits?

  • Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 – A great lens but the 0.9M minimum focal distance kills it.

Qu. Are Leica lenses visually better and performance wise better than Zeiss or Voigtlander lenses?

  • Not at all! The CV Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii easily matched the Leica lenses in the test giving excellent results – sharp wide open, shallow DOF even for a 35mm lens and with attractive bokeh.

Qu. Did the ‘One of the best lenses ever made’ stand out – The Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4?

  • No in this test is the Lux’ 50/1.4 was possibly the least impressive lens in terms of apparent sharpness, clarity and pop.

Qu. Apparent sharpest lens wide open (combination of resolution and contrast)?

  • The 1960s Leica Elmar 135mm f4.  This lens is also by far the cheapest of those tested and is also very lightweight and slim with a 39mm filter thread.  I can’t wait to mount the Elmar 135/4 on my Lumix G3!

Qu. Why did I do this test?

  • Because to me I often see very little visual difference between lenses I use when shooting models to the extent that I find it very difficult to tag photos afterwards as there is no accurate EXIF data. I also wanted to see which lens would give me the most shallow DOF for use on my new Lumix G3. The CV 35mm f1.2 would be equivalent to 70mm f1.2 with the 2x crop on the m4/3 body making it a perfect portrait lens.

Leica M Mount Lens Bokeh Test Results:

  • 1) Leica Elmar 135mm f4

Peg Bokeh Test! Leica Elmar 135mm f4

  • 2) Leica Summicron 90mm f2

Peg Bokeh Test! Leica Summicron 90mm f2

  • 3) Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5

Peg Bokeh Test! Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5

  • 4) Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4

Peg Bokeh Test! Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4

  • 5) Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii

Peg Bokeh Test! Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii

*Please note this was not a scientific test and the conclusion are based merely on my taste and views of the results obtained.  I’m sure some people may disagree with my findings but that is also fine.

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 (Pre-ASPH Review)

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 (Pre-ASPH Review)

2 Part review covering the Leica Summicron 90mm lens:

  • Part 1: Leica Summicron 90mm vs Summilux 75mm
  • Part 2: Summicron 90mm Sample Photos (Portraits)

PART 1: Leica Summicron 90mm f2 vs Leica Summilux ASPH 75mm f1.4?


For Leica portraits I love my photos taken with the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 but I wanted to be able to get closer to my subjects. This gave me 2 real options. Leica Summicron 90mm f2 or Leica Summilux ASPH 75mm f1.4. Both lenses focus at 1M. Some of the other 90mm lenses do not focus as close and the 75/1.4 is the fastest 75mm lens and the 90/2 is the fastest Leica M mount lens.

75mm Focal Length

The 75mm focal length is not hugely different from 50mm whereas for a 3 lens setup a 28mm (or 35mm), 50mm and 90mm makes more sense.

The Summilux 75/1.4 is would be easier to focus without a viewfinder magnifier however the Leica M9 does not have 75mm framelines.

The deciding factor was the used price of both lenses. The 90mm f2 Summicron can be picked up for 5x less than the 75mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH.

Rangefinder Calibration Issues

The only risk with either of these lenses is due to the very shallow depth of field it is possible that the rangefinder calibration on the Leica M9 does not align with that of the lens. As a result images may appear soft with the lens used wide open up close even though the lens is plenty sharp enough.

Summicron 90mm f2 eBay

After seeing a newly listed Leica Summicron 90mm f2 on eBay I bought it straight away. There are a few different Summicron 90/2 lenses available. I got the Pre-M 1973 style version. It has a silky smooth slide out hood and newly serviced crisp aperture ring clicks.

I was very lucky in that the seller happened to live locally so I was able to take my M9 with me to test before buying. I was lucky and my lens is indeed sharp wide open on my M9. I would not stay razor sharp but plenty sharp enough for female portraits.


Looking forward to seeing the Summicron 90/2 rendering and bokeh when used outside!

I’m planning to use the Leica M9 + Leica Summicron 90mm f2 combo on my next studio shoot so results to follow.

If you want to see what the lens looks like Ken Rockwell did a great Leica 90mm f2 comparison here.

PART 2: Leica Summicron 90mm f2 – Sample Portrait Photos

Summicron 90mm Lens Arrives!


Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Pre-ASPH lens

My latest lens arrival, the mighty Leica Cron’ 90mm f2 lens (1973 version) is proving quite a hit on Flickr. This photo of model Emma was taken during my first studio session with the 90/2 on my Leica M9. I posted the image to Flickr and it received more fav’s in the first 24hrs than any of my 3000+ photos have ever received in all the time on Flickr. Quite an achievement!

Leica Summicron 90mm – Cost

I bought the 90/2 lens on eBay after seeing it at 4x less cost than the Leica Summilux 75mm f1.4 lens. I had my heart on the 75/1.4 but my brain too over and I got the 90mm instead. The lens has a super silky pull out hood and crisp aperture clicks. It is not a small or light lens by Leica standards but it now lets me achieve the shallow depth of field I crave.

Shallow Depth of Field

The shallow DOF look was a norm for me and my Nikon D800 using lens such as the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s, Samyang 85mm f1.4 and Zeiss Pancolar 80mm f1.8.

When I moved over to Leica M lenses and my Leica M9 I struggled with the 0.7M closest focus. Now with the 90mm Cron this is not an issue.

I think the Leica Summicron 90mm f2 offers great value for money in Leica lens terms. I’m very happy with my purchase and can’t wait til the next shoot!

Here is another shot with the Leica M9 + Summicron 90/2. The Leica Cron is fantastic for portraits.

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Colours

And here is my Flickr stream most liked images!


More samples coming soon. I think this lens is going to get well used!

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 (Review & Photos)

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 (Review & Photos)

Short article discussing the Leica Summicron 50mm f2 + lots of sample photos  / portraits

Here are some examples images using my Leica M9:

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Portraits

Leica Cron 50
Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5
Summicron 50
Leica Summicron 50mm f2
Leica Summicron

Summicron 50mm f2 Sample Photos

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Leica Summicron 50/2

Leica Summicron 50mm f2

Leica Film

Leica Summicron 50 vs Leica Summilux ASPH 50 vs Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50

Summicron 50mm f2: Thoughts so far ..

The Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 (“Cron”) is fast becoming my go-to 50mm Leica M mount lens.  It focuses closer than the Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 C (Cron = ~0.68M / ZM 0.9M) and is lighter and smaller than the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 (“Lux”) lens.  The Lux can be quite clinical in it’s rendering whereas I think the Cron is closer to the Sonnar with more character.    Plenty more testing to be done with each lens but those are my initial findings.


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