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 £10), the Industar 26M 52mm f2.8 shot wide open at f2.8. A nice little lens and very light. Less contrast vs. modern lenses due to the older lens coating but I like it.
Unedited shot from Leica M9 using the low saturated colour JPEG setting (as away from laptop!) Pleased with tones and the shadow depth of field using my Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii wide open (at f1.2). Fantastic lens.
Another unedited Leica M9 sample with the Voigtlander 35/1.2
I think used wide open the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 on the Leica M9 can give an almost medium format film look due to the shallow DOF and colour tones. I think if I had used one of my medium format film cameras and 120 Kodak Portra colour film it would not have been hugely different from this shot.
The 35mm is for sure my favourite plus most expensive lens so far. I do not currently own any Leica glass so I am basing my thoughts on owning: Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 (reviews to come), V 21mm f4, V 28mm f2 Ultron and VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 + Zeiss ZM 50mm f2 T, Jupiter 3 (50/1.5) and Industar 52mm f2.8 (review to follow).
For value for money the Russian lenses can do a fine job and the little VC Nokton 40/1.4 the best value Voigtlander (I think).
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!
Yesterday was the day of Lord Kenilworth’s wedding at Kenilworth Castle so thank you for 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:
And here the first sample with Lord and Lady Kenilworth at Kenilworth Castle
MatthewOsbornePhotography – UK Leica Wedding Photographer
With my new (to me) Leica M9 black body arriving soon my head is already starting to wander with regards to lenses on my to buy list.
To recap from my last post (here) I bought the Leica M9 body to let me shoot Voigtlander lenses on a full frame sensor body. I want to have a smaller camera to use for documentary style wedding photography. The D800 is great but is hardly discrete. So my brain is already excited at the thought of all the Leica M lenses I can now use. That said I have started to think what lenses I would buy next.
The Leica M mount lenses I own so far are:
> Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4
> Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f4
Leica M mount lenses on my to buy list:
I understand many Leica purists would never put a non-Leica lenses on a Leica body but until I have a fatter wallet I am more than happy with the results some of the Voigtlander lenses give. I have my eye on the following 2 lenses in no particular order:
> Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 Asph II (Steve Huff review here – http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/12/02/voigtlander-nokton-35-1-2-aspherical-ii-lens-review-on-the-leica-m9/
Why these lenses you may ask? The Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 is said to be sharper than my Voigtlander 40mm wide open and I would buy it for it’s shallow DOF low light abilities. I love my Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s on my Nikon D800 so a f1.2 lens on the Leica M9 just seems to make sense to me.
UPDATE* I recently read Steve’s review (above) on the Zeiss Planar 50mm f2. Oh my!!! That ticks all my boxes and more! Added to list and now quite possibly at the top! I already own an M42 Zeiss Planar that I have used on my D800 and it i crazy sharp at f1.8, plus the colours are far nicer than the Nikon glass.
I will be using the Leica M9 for wedding photography aswell my model photography. In the UK wedding photography will normally include some low light photography even during the daytime due to our changeable weather. As a Leica M9 wedding photographer I am well aware that the M9 cannot compete with my Nikon D800 at high ISO. By using fast lenses (ie. wide aperture like f1.2, f1.4, f2) I can try to shoot at or below ISO 800 on the Leica body to avoid excessive noise on the images.
It terms of focal length 35mm on my Nikon D800 can be too tight in small spaces such as a cramped room full of people at a wedding reception. I think my 21mm f4 will be a little wide but more so will too slow for the dim indoor lighting faced at many wedding venues. The Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron provides the perfect focal length and speed to accompany my current 40mm f1.4 lens. As the Voigtlander 28mm f2 is also cheaper than it’s 35mm cousin I may buy this lens quite soon ready for the next wedding.
I am not really interested in focal lengths greater than 50mm on the Leica M9 as I can use the Nikon D800 for longer distances. The Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s is a beast of a lens so lets me get my discrete wedding photography photos from a safe distance. Up close most people would run a mile due to it’s size but that is where the Leica M9 comes in, for discrete documentary style wedding photography up close.
For info on all Voigtlander lenses see here – https://www.voigtlaender.de/?lang=en
Leica M9 wedding photography samples coming soon! See here for my wedding photography style – http://matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Leica-Wedding-Photographer-UK.html
UPDATE – September 2013* I now have all the above lenses. By far my favourite is the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii. Sharp with a shallow DOF and easy to nail focus at f1.2