Seaside paradise

Margate, England. 2022

Taken with my Leica M-P (Typ240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.

Stake

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

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Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W yellow filter on Kodak Tri-X pulled to ISO 100.

Where the sea goes

Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey, England. June 2022

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Taken one morning last month, this image took a long time to bring it out. I would of hated to try and printing this picture in a darkroom with the amount of dodging and burning I had to do in Gimp from the original scan.

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W yellow filter on Kodak Tri-X pulled to ISO 100.

Scouting for girls

Margate, England. 2022

Taken with my Leica M-P (Typ240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.

Morris

Margate, England. 2022

This is Maurice Morris, 88, he’s a local legend around Margate, England. Morris has lived his entire life in the town and is a familiar figure to many. From the 1950s to 1990s Maurice worked in various roles at Dreamland theme park, including as an usher at the local cinema. I didn’t know any of this before I took his portrait sitting enjoying the day at a sea front cafe.

Please do click to enlarge the image, it was taken with a Voigtländer lens.

Voigtländer

Last year a friend of mine tried his hand at some street photography and he purchased a Leica M9 and a Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM. Now he’s decided to buy a used Summilux-M 35mm ASPH and is selling his Nokton 35mm f/1.4 for £400. More and more I’m finding myself using a 35mm focal length, so with this in mind I thought I’d give this lens a try. I see no end of people using this lens, raving reviews about it’s performance and at a £600 compared new purchase price to a new Summilux-M 35mm £4400 it’s not surprising to me that photographers are using them.

I’m quite impressed with this little lens from Cosina. Well made, sharp mostly across the board although I will say the focusing is a tad stiff compared to my Leica lenses. It has a softer look to me and with digital I don’t think that’s a bad thing. With my Summicron-M 35mm and Summilux-M 50mm I think some of my pictures looked to sharp, clinical even, there’s just no life to them.

With the Voigtländer Nokton 35mm I kept an open mind and to be honest wasn’t expecting such good results. Does question why pay for Leica glass! This image above was straight out of camera, only little cropping and straighten was done here in Gimp 2.10

Even wide open at f/1.4 I’m pretty impressed with this lens performance and yes there is a bit of vignetting at f/1.4 but I don’t mind that in my images.

Think this Voigtländer Nokton is a keeper and I’ll use the Leica glass for film.

All images taken with Leica M-P (Typ240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.


Edit. Side note, Leica 6 bit coding test.

Social media

Tenterden, England. 2022

Think I was drawn to the hat and the car, shame he wasn’t reading a book really. I normally do try to avoid taking street pictures of people with phones. It seems everyone’s got one either sitting or walking, it’s like a drug that they are all hooked on twenty four, seven.

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.