Posts Tagged ‘M9’

Weathered Geylang

September 16, 2012  |  Street

Walking back to my car from my favorite Teochew porridge stall, I noticed the most amazing wall texture down a back alley. I decided to take a few shots but unfortunately I only had my 50mm so I was forced to focus only on the weathered details.

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/2

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6 & f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

HDD Dumpster Diving

September 13, 2012  |  Street

Isn’t it fun when you plug in an old HDD full of archived photos?

Well, I have a few of them, and one of them just so happens to have images from my first M9 (for those who don’t know, I’m on my 3rd).

I was feeling a little nostalgic, so I started digging randomly through months of photos that I’d taken with said first M9 and I found this: a shot of a car snapped in Little India while out for dinner one night. The thing I loved about this car was the way the street lights reflected off it’s beautiful silver paint job…I snapped a quick shot from a low angle and went on my way.

Moral of the story? The best thing about Leica cameras is that once you get used to them, taking shots is so natural that you can do it on the fly and know the results will be great.

 

50 Summicron @ f/2

 

Night at Hermes

August 9, 2012  |  Events

So Hermes hosted a party for their Gift of Time exhibitionThe neat thing about it was that it was hosted at the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

I won’t get into specifics and ruin it for anyone who plans on going, but it was done up really well with lots of interesting displays – if you’d like to know more, you’re welcome to visit my fiance’s blog post about it HERE.

What I will say is that I wish I had brought my 28 Summicron, and perhaps a flash, as it was dark by the time we arrived (fashionably late, of course).

All shots taken with the 50 Summilux-ASPH wide open.

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(Valets gather outside waiting for late comers / An assortment of traditional Singapore snacks)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(Amazing lamps and neat arches – the reason I needed my 28 Summicron)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(One of the many unusual displays in the exhibition)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(One of the great things about Singapore parties is that you’ll always run into friends)

 

Leica lens Prototype-X (50APO)

July 30, 2012  |  Review

UPDATE 01/01/2014: Well it’s obviously the 50 Summicron-APO, which I’ve owned now for a while, and will write about properly in the coming weeks

So this is a lens review, on a lens that I cannot mention yet. Well, I could, but I think I’ll let you guess instead.

You can probably deduce from the photos which lens it is, but here are some hints anyway:

1. It blows it’s predecessor out of the water, both in bokeh wide open AND sharpness wide open.

2. The build quality is top notch – better then the 50 Summilux-asph. It’s a sexy looking lens, and the lens hood is genius!!

3. I’m guessing there will be a really long waiting list for this guy, dispite the few reviews I’ve seen where naysayers comment that it’s not worth the price. This is nonsense, by the way. The lens is fantastic - if I had the cash (and it was actually on the market already) I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

I had the lens for a little while, but my fiance’s best friend had a bridal emergency that required some very fast-paced shoe shopping. Unfortunately, this meant that most of the shots I took were midday in Singapore, where lighting is just awful. I’ll rant about quality of light in Singapore on another day, but for now, enjoy the photos and guess away!

 

Leica Prototype-X @ f/2

 

Leica Prototype-X @ f/2

 

Leica Prototype-X @ f/2

 

Leica Prototype-X @ f/2

 

50 Summilux-ASPH f/1.4

July 20, 2012  |  Review

The short: This is a lens sogood it can actually be bought as a wedding gift.

The long: If you’re a 50 user and you need speed, this is the lens to get. The only lens sharper @ 1.4 is the 35 Summilux-FLE. But unlike the 35, the 50 has the most fantastic bokeh North of f/1 (0.95, obviously takes the cake on best bokeh). All three lenses mentioned are very well built, though I think the 35 Summilux-FLE physically looks the sexiest mounted on camera. Yes, this matters.

The 50 Summilux-ASPH is more then twice the price of the super-capable 50 Summicron, and only a stop faster (plus it’s bigger and heavier), but boy does it deliver two of my favorite things: sharpness and bokeh. Honestly, those 2 factors make or break a lens for me. As far as I’m concerned, a lens needs to be sharp wide open, and needs to deliver nice bokeh at all subject-to-background distances. If I don’t have this combo for wedding work and environmental portraits, I’m unhappy with my results. Anything else, and I’ll probably not be shooting wide open, so I don’t really worry about it.

This lens cannot be replaced with one fifty alone. You’d need to own both a 50 Noctilux F/0.95 and a 50 Summicron-APO (yes APO) in order to satisfy the needs that one 50 Summilux-ASPH fulfills. Sure, the 0.95 is the nocturnal king. It has great bokeh, and at 1.4 it’s plenty sharp. But on the other hand, it’s huge – and plenty sharp isn’t Summilux sharp.

The 50 Summicron-APO (more about this later) is probably the sharpest lens I’ve used wide open, and it has fantastic bokeh @ f/2. This is where it’s predecessors failed, and it succeeded with creamy colors! It’s also fairly compact, and really looks ridiculously sexy mounted on an M9P. So yes, you would need both lenses in order to fill the void in your kit that losing the 50 Summilux-ASPH would create. Don’t go out and test this theory however, as you may well discover that the Noctilux and 50APO create a void of their own (and owning 3 super pricy fifties is a bit crazy).

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/2

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4