Leica Summicron 50mm f2

Leica Summicron 50mm f2

Here are some examples images using my Leica M9:

Leica Portraits

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

Other Example Photos

Merry Christmas!

Leica Summicron 50/2

Leica Summicron 50mm f2

Leica Film

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

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.

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – UK Leica Photographer

Rekated Posts

Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4

Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50/1.5

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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

 

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Leica Wedding Photographer

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Kodak T-Max 100 Film

Kodak T-Max 100 (& T-Max 400) Film

I started getting into film photography during 2012 and I was using the classic black and white film, Ilford FP4+. For 2013 I tried Kodak T-Max film and liked this modern emulsion using T-grain for finer more grain free results for scanning. I used 35mm T-Max 100 in my Nikon FM and Voigtlander Bessa R3A rangefinder and 120 Kodak T-Max 400 (& 100) in my medium format cameras. I tried different formats – 6×4.5 (Contax 645), 6×6 (ARAX-CM (Kiev 88)), 6×7 (Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II) and 6×9 (Moskva-5 folding camera).

I develop my own black and white film using Xtol and/or Rodinal and often via stand development. It is very easy and allows you to develop the film to get the look you desire. This is not possible if you send film to a lab. You do not need a dark room, just a ‘Paterson tank’.

For colour film photography I use mostly Kodak Portra 400 for medium format and Kodak Portra 160 for 35mm. (See blog link below).

Here are some shots from 2013 to show the look obtainable from Kodak T-Max film.

35mm 135 Kodak T-Max 100 Film (Voigtlander Bessa R3A)

FilmIsNotDead
Edinburgh
Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f4
35mm Kodak T-Max 100

120 Kodak T-Max 100 & 400 Film
Contax 645
Contax 645 B&W Wedding Photography
Contax 645 Asian Wedding
Contax 645 Wedding Photography
Contax 645 Wedding
Bridal Photography on Film
Gina with Contax 645
The Dancer - Rodinal Stand Development
ARAX-CM (Kiev 88)
Fashion on FILM
Model Photographer - Film Photography
NT Packwood House Estate
ARAX Landscape
Film Photography
India Street Food (1)
Mamiya RZ67
All Stars with Mamiya RZ67
Nella!
Fashion on Film
Film Fashion Photography
Black & White Film Wedding Photography
Engagement Shoot Film Photography
Model Photography on Film
Evening Stroll
Sex Sells..Film
Moskva-5
Russian Moskva-5 Folding Camera
Moskva-5
Russian Moskva-5 6x9 Folding Camera

Leica M9 CCD Sensor vs. Film
The filmic look of the Leica M9 CCD sensor really threatened my continued use of using 35mm black and white film. I stopped shooting film for over 3 months once the M9 arrived. I then found time to develop some film from the Voigtlander Bessa R3A that I shot before buying the M9. The results have fully restored my faith in film. I like the imperfections and arty feel that true film photography can capture. For 2014 I look forward to using my new Leica lenses on my Bessa R3A alongside my Leica M9. I also bought Mamiya RZ 645 film back, Mamiya RZ 6×6 film back and a Mamiya RZ Polaroid film back so the future for film looks bright for 2014!

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

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Ilford Black & White Film

Ilford FP4+ 125 film (35mm & 120)

Here are the first samples of me using medium format 120 Ilford FP4+ black and white film. Photos were shot on my Russian 6×6 ARAX-CM camera (Kiev 88)(aka “Hasselbladski” – Hasselblad clone) and a Russian Mir 3 65mm f3.5 lens. I shot the ISO 125 film at 250.

I develop my own black and white film using a Patterson tank. Here I used Rodinal stand development, 45mins 22 degree with 1 inversion (so semi-stand developing really). I used 1:150 rodinal to tap water. Once dried negatives were scanned with a Epson v600 scanner then cleaned up and contrast enhanced in Photoshop Elements 6. I found the negatives to be a little flat (with lens contrast) so next time I will develop for less time so the shadow stay black. I will also invert more than once to make the highlights brighter (as during stand developing highlights develop first then if left longer shadow detail next. I normally use Kodak T-Max 100 and 400 film. T-Max has a finer grain structure and can look more like digital if very sharp and contrasty. Ilford FP4+ film is more grainy with nice tonality give a more filmic look i think. I like it but i think for 35mm film FP4+ developed in Rodinal may be too grainy for my portraits (however fantastic for architecture).

Here are some more 120 Ilford FP4+ samples (2013)

120 Ilford FP4+
ARAX-CM
Ilford Film
6x6 Medium Format Film

As a comparison to the last photo shown, here is the same photo with the Leica M9 in colour. I have to say on this occasion for me the 35mm digital vs. medium format film battle is won by the 35mm digital.
Leica M9 Colours vs Kodak Portra Film

Here are a few old photos from when I shot my very first roll of black and white film on my late Grandfathers 35mm Yashica MG-1. it was also the first roll of film I developed – December 2012. I was both amazed and overjoyed when this seemingly old fashioned process of developing black and white film at home actually worked! 🙂 Even now they are some of my favourite film shots. They look like film and have a great retro feel, rather than all the later 35mm Kodak T-Max shots that looked more modern.

Yashica goes B&W

35mm Ilford FP4+ samples – home developed in Xtol (2012)
Ellie with Yashica MG-1
Ellie
Jodi with Yashica MG-1
Katie with Yashica, London

35mm Ilford FP4+ samples – developed by Ilford lab (2010)
Yashica  MG-1 B&W #2
Yashica MG-1 B&W #4
Yashica MG1 & Ilford FP4+
Yashica MG-1 B&W #5
Yashica  MG-1 B&W #1

Film vs. Digital Leica M9
I think when film can offer me something extra or different to digital then I get excited. During 2013 I shot almost all Kodak T-Max film. I then bought a digital 35mm Leica M9 rangefinder camera. The results from the M9 look filmic due to the Kodak CCD sensor. As a result my use of film temporarily stopped. Ilford FP4+ film gives a look that is more grainy that the images from the digital Leica and with a much greater dynamic range.

Voigtlander Bessa R3A
As I still have a Voigtlander Bessa R3A 35mm rangefinder film camera that uses my amazing Leica M mount lenses I am now excited at the prospect of shooting some 35mm Ilford FP4+ film. I have a roll of 35mm Kodak T-Max 100 in the camera at the moment and but I will definitely order some 35mm FP4+ film to try next. I also want to try some ADOS film as I have a soft spot for high contrast black and white images.

Black and White Film Developing
Tonight I have just developed a roll of 35mm T-Max 100 that was shot on the Voigtlander Bessa R3A at ISO 400 at the start of the summer (before the Leica M9 arrived). Most of the photos were shot at the end of the day in low light conditions using the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 at f1.4. Taking this into consideration, I decided to use Rodinal stand development 1:150 ratio again for 45mins but this time with 3 inversions during the stand. The plan was to push the highlights (so brighter) and underexpose the shadows (to give black blacks) to give some punchy high contrast negatives. The negatives are currently drip drying over the bath but I think at first glance I will have contrasty negatives that may be a little dark (perhaps) but I can brighten the highlights when I scan tomorrow if I need to. I did the shoot while in Edinburgh on a work trip with local model Emma and that combination usually produces some very rewarding images. New Kodak T-Max images coming soon!

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

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Yashica MG-1 (Contains the same example images)
Voigtlander Bessa R3A
ARAX-CM
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Contax 645 – For Sale!

Contax 645 Bundle – For SALE!!

As I have now accumulated quite a few film cameras I thought I better sell a few.

For sale:

Contax 645 bundle £1800 + Shipping (from UK)

What is included?:

> Contax 645 body + film back
> Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f2 T* lens
(both near mint but without boxes)
> 1 additional new 645 film back in box
> 1 additional polaroid film back + 1 part used film + 1 new & refrigerated Fuji FP-100c
> 2 part used duracell batteries
> 1 roll of 120 film

The camera is ready to use on arrival!

The Carl Zeiss 80mm f2 Planar lens is probably one of the sharpest lenses I have ever owned. Due to the larger medium format camera 6×4.5 sensor 80mm f2 is the same as 46mm f1.2 on a 35mm (full frame) sensor so gives an amazing shallow DOF and perfect for portraits.

The Contax 645 is a very modern and automated camera in film camera terms. It has both autofocus and auto exposure modes and the film also advances automatically.

I would describe it as using a very well made DSLR. If you have a DSLR already you would find the transition very easy.

The polaroid back is great for a test shot to check exposure before shooting rolls of traditional film to give you peace of mind.

I used the Contax mostly for model / fashion photography & portraiture plus wedding photography after being inspired by amazing wedding photographers using Contax 645 – Jonathan Canlas & Jose Villa. Seriously talented guys!

Here is a wedding sample (Paul & Debs vintage wedding, Gloucester)

Contax 645 Wedding :)

For more sample photos see my Contax 645 Gallery

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

Other items for sale include:

> Nikkor 85mm f1.4 D (near mint), without box, with metal Nikon Hood (in box), with both caps – £550 + Shipping
> Kiev 88 6×6 Medium format film camera (still not been bought even after quite a bit of interest) – £240 + Shipping
> Pentacon Six TL – £150 + Shipping
> Jupiter 3 50mm f1.5 (Sonnar clone) – £135 + Shipping
> Rode Pro / Rode VideoPro Mic + Furry Wind Jammer (New, boxed) – £110 + Shipping

Please contact me for more details on any of the above, thanks

Nikkor 135mm f2.8 NAI (Pre Ai)

My latest purchase!! Nikkor 135mm f2.8 Pre Ai

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Here is a test shot with my latest lens for my Nikon D800, a 1970s Nikkor 135mm f2.8 pre Ai prime lens. This photo of my Arri light is shot at f2.8 with no sharpening applied, just watermarked.

Another example, this time at f5.6 using an extension tube to let me get closer to my subject thereby creating a shallow DOF. (Macro is always a great way to test lens sharpness!)

Nikkor 135mm f2.8 pre AI

I love the older Nikon NAI, AI, AI-s lenses. Proper metal and glass construction, nice and weighty and super sharp. My current favourites and probably my highest performing two lenses for my Nikon D800 DSLR are my Nikkor 50mm f1.2 Ai-S and my Nikkor 200mm f2 Ai-S. The Nikkor 135/2.8 completes the trio and replaced my Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 that I recently sold. The 80-200/2.8 was my only zoom lens and left from my Nikon D90 days. My current setup of manual Nikkor primes makes me look forward to using my D800, for both beauty/ fashion portraits and wedding photography.  The 135/2.8 gives me that extra reach yet it is a 52mm filter size with built in hood and half the size of the common 70-200/2.8s.  Half the size means I am more mobile and I can also get into the action easier at weddings without being seen quite as easily.

The eBay purchased lens arrived very dirty but to my relief underneath the skylight filter the glass was in great condition and it cleaned up nicely. Phew!

I will use the Nikkor 135/2.8 on my next portrait session and come back with the results soon.

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

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Mamiya RZ67 Pro II Portrait

Medium Format Film Photography

Shot with my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II + Mamiya Sekor 180mm f4.5 lens

Taken in the sping but still catching up with scanning film negatives. Kodak Portra 800@400 pulled in devloping by the lab and scanning with Epson v600 then finished with PS Elements 6.

I love the Kodak Portra colour tones and the painterly feel of the OOF fence on the left of the photo. The Leica M9 is a fantastic camera but it can’t do this. I’m almost glad in a way as it means medium format film lives on and I will continue to use it.

Model Gina was freezing cold although in the photo the weather looks quite nice! Instructions for the shoot were – “Gina bring something warm”.  Gina brought two summer dresses! 🙂

Ambient light only shot with the sun setting. We stopped the car and jumped out to get this image as the light was perfect.

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Film Photography