Leica Summicron 90mm f2 (2)

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 – Sample Portrait Photos

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!

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.

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!

CaptureEmma

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

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer

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2014 – Exciting Times Ahead!

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk is looking to grow in 2014 with exciting times ahead.

Wedding Photography – I have my highest number of Wedding Photography bookings in the diary to date. Really looking forward to getting out there and starting shooting now. I have been booked for Leica Wedding Photography in Barbados but I have to wait for 2015 for that one!

Leica Photography – The Leica M9 camera is ready to go with a fantastic line up of lenses to use for both Leica Wedding Photography and Fashion and Beauty Portrait Photography.  Newer lenses include Leica Summilux ASPH 50 f1.4, Leica Summicron 50 f2 and Leica Elmar 135mm f4, Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5, Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii and Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5.  I now feel the Leica M9 camera can cover most simtuations I come across during a wedding day.  It really is a fantastic tool for documentary style wedding photography.  I may even look to get a second Leica body so I do not need to change lenses as often.  35mm is great for most occasions but sometimes you need a 50mm (or longer) and sometimes 28mm (or wider).  I felt my most focused during my last Leica wedding when I shot almost the entire wedding day with just the CV 35/1.2 ASPH ii lens.  In the past with my Nikon D800 I changed lenses too frequently so was less focused on what was happening around me. The Leica camera bag is also much smaller and lighter so I am much more mobile to get my shots.

Studio Photography – My Coventry photography studio has a new backdrop and new lights and can make use of the new Leica camera equipment in addition to the Nikon D800 and film cameras.

Location Fashion Photography – I am now more available to travel within the UK and overseas so I am looking forward to shooting in some fantastic new locations and collaborating with new models, designers and makeup artists.

Collaboration – I was luck enough to meet and work with some amazing people in 2013.  As a regular model photographer I am only as good as my model.  2013 saw me work with some extremely talented and beautiful girls both in the UK and overseas.  I strive to discover literally Britain’s next top model to help me raise my game to the next level.  In 2013 I often worked 1 on 1 with models without additional hair and makeup artists.  I found I am able to apply eye makeup and can direct models how to apply their makeup for the look I desire.  I also found myself enjoying styling the models hair during shoots to get new and creative looks from the basic materials.  I will try anything to enhance my photography!  Despite me discovering these un-expected talents, in 2014 I want to now start collaborating more with makeup artists, stylists, clothes designers and model agencies to help a team of people create something really special.

For the 2013 weddings I met some really lovely wedding couples and very helpful venue staff, wedding planners and event managers.  I also worked as a freelance wedding videographer shooting alongside various talented videographers / cinemaphotographers.  I look forward to the wedding photography / videography bookings I have for 2014 and the people I will get to work with at those events.

Event Photography – After photographing a New Year’s Eve fashion show Asian bridal catwalk last night I really got a taste again for event photography. I have covered fashion shows in the past but not as many in 2013. I look forward to getting involved in more fashion shows in 2014.

Studio Photography Workshops – Word is starting to spread that I run photography and lighting tuition workshops from my Coventry studio and the number of bookings continues to increase. I have had interest from as far as Australia as well as clients living in Switzerland and Denmark. I tailor the photography workshops to suit individual needs. Photography courses include: Understanding your new DLSR / digital camera, what is Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, how to read a Histogram, RAW or JPEG, how to pose and light a model, flash photography using a speedlight or studiolight, balancing flash light with ambient light and even how to develop black and white film.

Location Photography Workshops
– New for 2014, I plan to run some location photography workshops in some of the UK’s larger cities to begin with such as Birmingham and London. I will arrange for a professional model to join us for the day and will teach you how to pose and light a model on location using both ambient light and speedlights. Looking further ahead I may offer trips to Poland and Ukraine for those interesting in travelling to a different country to work with local models and making use of the countries architecture. Poland and Ukraine are amongst my favourite locations for model photography outside the UK. If you are interested in either UK or overseas photography workshops please get in touch to give me an idea of numbers, thanks.

Film Photography – An exciting year ahead for my film photography. I now have a range of Leica M mount lenses that I can use on my 35mm film camera – Voigtlander Bessa R3A. I have new film backs for my medium format Mamiya RZ67 Pro II so can now shoot it in 6×6 and 645 formats. I plan to do some landscape photography with my 6×9 Russian Moskva-5 folding camera. I am also looking forward to using some new film types and comparing them to the Kodak films I most often use.

Polaroid Photography – I now have a RZ polaroid film back for my Mamiya RZ67 pro II that produces 7×7 images. I have stocked up on the black and white Fujiflim FP-3000B that has now been discontinued and also on colour Fuji FP-100C. Looking forward to doing some RZ polaroid portraits!

All in all exciting times ahead! 🙂

What else may 2014 bring?

Leica Summilux ASPH 75mm f1.4 – I am really interested in this lens. I see it as a Leica Lux’ 50 but on steroids doing all that I love about the Summilux 50 but bigger and better. The sweet spot for me on the Lux’ 50 is at f1.4 at 0.7M. If I bought a 75mm lens it would be to use at f1.4 at 0.7M as much as possible. This rules out all other 75mm lenses (Leica Summicron and Summarit and Voigtlander Heliar).

Hasselblad Flexbody – Now this really excites me. It is almost large format photography yet you can use and develop 120 medium format roll film in a Patterson tank (rather than sheet film needing a dark room).

Happy New Year from MatthewOsbornePhotography and thanks for the 1000 or so followers that joined me in 2013!

Leica Wedding Photographer – Kenilworth Castle

Coventry Wedding Photographer
Kenilworth Castle Wedding – August 2013

UK Leica Wedding Photography

Coventry Wedding Photographer – Here are some more images from Lord and Lady Kenilworth’s wedding at Kenilworth Castle using my Leica M9 camera. I used my newly purchased Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii lens on the M9 all day under all conditions. Bright direct contrasty sunlight through to almost no light after the sun set. It was a one camera one lens for most of the day and this was a first to me and a real joy. I felt so mobile and focused without distraction of whether to change lens or not before each photo. I had my Nikon D800 DSLR with the Samyang 85mm f1.4 manual lens on for telephoto low light shots during the speeches and a Samyang 14mm f2.8 manual lens for a few wide angle shots at the end of the day. The D800 didn’t come out until after the evening meal and even then I continued to use the Leica M9 with some off camera flash for the dancing.

Since the wedding I have purchased a Leica M mount wide angle lens – Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar. (Instead of the Samyang 14/2.8). I also have the distraction of now owning a Leica Elmar 135mm f4 for Leica telephoto shots (in good light). I then have both the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 and Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 for quality 50mm focal length shots (AND the Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 lenses). The ‘Lux’ will be great for low light when I need extra reach and for portraits. I use the ‘Cron’ on my 35mm rangefinder film camera at the moment. I use a Voigtlander Bessa R3A for film photography and that accepts any of my Leica M lenses.

I will decide the Leica lenses for wedding photography for 2014 after using each lens more first for model and fashion photography where I get chance to see how each lens performs in different conditions.

Here are more Leica photos from the wedding day – Leica M9

Coventry Wedding Photographer

Leica M9 Colours

Leica Wedding

Leica Wedding

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Bokeh

Leica Wedding Photography

 

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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH II Leica Wedding

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/9641309853

Yesterday I was at Kenilworth Castle covering Lord Kenilworth’s wedding. I thought there would be some low light photography involved so that gave me the poor excuse of researching fast leica M mount primes. I do not yet own a Leica lens and see them as a good investment so was looking at the Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE (Crazy good poppy images – seen on Google Images!) and the cheaper older Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH PRE-FLE. During my research I spotted the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH II (Thanks Steve Huff and others!). I already have 3 VC lenses so know they are well made with great optics. I liked the idea of the new Leica FLE but I just couldn’t justify the money so settled with the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH II lens.

As I already own the VC 40mm f1.4 I was not sure if i’d just been caught up in the hype. There is not a huge difference on paper between 35mm and 40mm and f1.2 and f1.4. There is however a big difference in price, size and weight with the VC 35mm f1.2 ASPH II coming in higher with all 3. It is a weighty chunky lens by Leica standards with a 52mm thread!

vc 35 1.2 asph ii

Yesterday was the day of Lord Kenilworth’s wedding at Kenilworth Castle so thank you for http://www.RobertWhite.co.uk who sent me the lens with next day delivery. I was freelancing as a second shooter wedding photographer and had the VC 35mm f1.2 on my Leica M9 when I arrived. The lens was still on the camera when I left despite having a VC 28mm f2 Ultron, VC 21mm f4 Color Skopar, VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 T in my bag.  The VC 35mm f1.2 can do it all and do it very well!  Sharp (though not as bitingly sharp as the VC 28mm f2 Ultron) shot at the widest aperture (f1.2) and easy enough to focus wide open for documentary style wedding photography. Everything from 3D looking images in good light to letting you shoot after the sun has gone down.

This photo above was taken when I had some down time and was walking back to fetch something. It was almost completely dark yet at f1.2 I was able to capture this silhouette shot of Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire.

95% of the day was Leica wedding photography with the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH II. Leica wedding photography at it’s very best!!! 🙂 The remaining shots were taken with my Nikon D800 DSLR for telephoto shots of speaches and some 14mm wide angle shots.

Leica Flash Photography

I enjoy flash photography and provide 1-2-1 Photography Tuition and Lighting Workshops (link below) from my Coventry UK studio. I realise Leica and flash photography do not often come together in the same sentence but that didn’t deter me. I love shooting by directional available light when I can for both digital photography and film photography BUT.. when there is only low even light in a room it doesn’t really excite me. My eBay Yongnuo RF603s flash triggers do not work on the Leica M9 however my old Yongnuo RF602s do. I decided to combine my basic knowledge of hyperfocal distance photography (as would be used for street photography) together with what I know about off camera flash and hit the dance floor with my Leica M9 in one hand flash in the other. Shooting from the hip (and eye away from viewfinder) I was able to see everything and not have to focus in next to no light yet get myself some nice crisp low light dancing shots. This was a new idea for me but it worked well so I will certainly do again.

Leica M9 vs DSLR

I’ve had to change some of my photography techniques moving from a DSLR (Nikon D800) to a Leica M9 over the last 3 weeks or so but each change has been to me for the better and more enjoyable to execute. I realise I am very bias as a new Leica photographer/ owner but the photos it produces win me over everytime.

The organic looking images rendered from the Voigtlander Nokton 35m f1.2 ASPH II on the Leica M9’s Kodak CCD sensor just can’t be replicated by a DSLR. It is SO good in fact I now worry about all my film cameras! :S

In conclusion, very impressed with Voigtlander’s offering..watch out Leica!

Full Leica M9 wedding photography blog and samples from Kenilworth Castle to follow once I have permission!

UPDATE* Here are a few Leica M9 Wedding postable shots without people:
Leica Wedding Photography - M9 & VC 35/1.2
Leica Wedding Cake
Coventry Wedding Photographer

And here the first sample with Lord and Lady Kenilworth at Kenilworth Castle
Lord & Lady Kenilworth - Wedding

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Leica M9 UK Documentany Style Wedding Photography..In Colour!

Craig & Josie’s Church Wedding

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Leica M9 Black & White Wedding Photography – Gallery

To follow up on my last blog post from Craig and Josie’s wedding yesterday at Ingon Manor, UK here are the photos I promised.  For the full write-up of the day see links related below (“My First Leica M9 Wedding”). To recap I used my Leica M9 for wedding photography the first time. I shot B&W JPEGs and DNG files. I like black and white photography so decided to use only the JPEG images. The Leica is pefect for documentary style wedding photography due to it’s small size when compared to DSLRs. I really enjoyed shooting this wedding are here are some of my favourites –

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Leica Wedding Photography, UK

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Leica M9 Wedding Photography

Leica M9 Wedding Photographer – My First Leica Wedding!
Jane, a fellow photographer friend ask me to be a second shooter today for her wedding clients Josie and Craig. As this took the pressure off me I thought today is the day to start my new style of wedding photography. I bought a Leica M9 body which arrived a few days ago and I wanted to push myself to be more of a documentary style photographer that is in the thick of the action to get those intimate shots. In the past I have used my Nikon D800 and often a Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s zoom lens to pick people off at a distance for candid shots. As nice as the lens is it is big and not very discrete. I liked the idea of the small form of the Leica where I can blend in to look like one of the wedding guests. I normally also use a lot of strobe light (mostly off camera) in my D800 wedding photography.

So, the Leica Challenge I set myself for today’s church wedding was:
1)Use the Leica as much as possible for practise and examples for my wedding portfolio.
2)Use as few lenses as possible.
3)Don’t use flash. Ambient light only.
4)Get in close to the action.

My gear:
In addition to buying a Leica M9 body I also wanted some more Leica M mount lenses ready for my Leica M9 wedding debut! After lots of research I bought myself a Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 and a Zeiss ZM T Planar 50mm f2. I already own a Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 and Voigtlander 21mm f4. I woke this morning to a heavy rain and dark skies so my first thoughts were to leave the VC 21/4 at home. That was my biggest regret of the day and I will take for all future shoots especially when so tiny.

Approximate lens usage today it was:
Nikon D800 & Samyang 14mm f2.8 – 5% (for a few wide shots)
Nikon D800 & Rollei Planar 50mm f1.8 on macro extension tube – 5% (for macros)
Leica M9 & Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 – 70% (fantastic lens even wide open)(my new fav!)
Leica M9 & Zeiss ZM T Planar 50mm f2 – 15% (contrasty & nice for tighter shots)
Leica M9 & Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 – 5% (I was rushing and took it out my bag by mistake!)

My First Leica Wedding – Feedback:
So, how did I get on with my challenge? As you can see from the lenses/ cameras used I used the Leica M9 for probably well over 90% of the images taken and only 2 lenses for most of the day. I had the VC 28mm lens on the camera most so I had to be in close to my subjects to fill my viewfinder. I was lucky as the sun came out later so I didn’t use strobes once all day. Even in the church I was able to shoot at f2, 1/30 and ISO 640.

That Leica M9 Look:
I started out my wedding photography a few years ago shooting colour photos as most people do. For 2013 the majority of my work in now black and white so I managed to persuade a couple to buy a black and white wedding photography package from me. I shot B&W JPEGs on the D800 and 35mm B&W Kodak T-Max 100 film. I like the look of the B&W JPEGs from the D800 but they lack the emotion and life you can capture shooting film. I like the film look and do a lot of film photography with my models. For fashion photography style shoots I often use medium format film cameras such as Mamiya RZ67 and Contax 645. But, despite loving the film look I have decided it is not practical and economical to shoot masses of film for a wedding. It just takes me too long to hand develop the film, scan and edit to prepare for clients when on mass. It is great for selective model shots. So, where is this leading you may wonder. Well.. I found that ‘look’ I craved from film yet in a convenient digital format. The 18MP Kodak CCD full frame sensor coupled with my nice Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses render the Leica M9 black and white JPEGs in such a way that it looks like film. I was blow away with the results straight out the camera. Over the moon in fact! So much so that I wont even upload the Leica DNG files (also taken today)(DNG+JPEG fine). I might crop a few images but other than that the client can have the selected images as they are. Zero batch editing required. This is how I like to work!

(For model photography the Nikon D800 is still the winner as I found on my last Leica Model Shoot. (I cannot work near enough with the Leica M mount lenses). For my average model photography shoot I may take 200-300 images. I shoot B&W JPEGs, upload to LR3, resize, sharpen, tag, export. Job done. If I can now do weddings in the same manner i’m eternally happy! I like to edit individual film photography model shots but I really dread the thought of editing 1000 wedding images. It just becomes a burden on my shoulders until completed).

“You Can’t Do A Wedding With a Leica M9”!?
Erm.. I think I proved today with my first rangefinder camera wedding experience that you most certainly CAN use a Leica M9 for wedding photography! It doesn’t just try to fill the shoes of the Nikon D800 but instead sets a new standard that is not even attainable by Nikon (D800 or D4) due to the unique rendering from the Leica M9 sensor and Leica M lenses.

What Next?
I need to read up on any macro option for the Leica. If I can cover this aspect of wedding photography for detail shots such as the rings then the Nikon D800 will become a backup camera if I have a problem with the Leica. The D800 still has a place as it does excel for model photography and fashion shoots due to the crisp 36MP images and high dynamic range.

Leica Wedding Photography Album (Gallery):
> B&W Images: https://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/leica-m9-black-white-wedding-photography-album-photos/
> Colour Images: https://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/leica-m9-colour-wedding-photography/

Bookings
To book a wedding with me you can find more details on my website – http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Wedding Photographer, UK