Barton’s Point Cafe, Minster on Sea, England. 2018
Originally I posted an image from the same film called ‘Cafe dog’ (below) but I don’t remember seeing this frame among the negatives. If I did I might of rejected it because my wife in the background and her pink coloured top at the back of the image. Looking again, I think this picture is now much better than the previous picture I posted, not only being the whole frame but with the three people in the image it leads diagonally to the dog.
Leica M4-2, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens and taken on AGFA Vista 200 colour print film.
The sunlight periodically appearing through the clouds catching the grasses and I think I managed to capture the scene, although metering wasn’t that easy. Image was taken at f/2.8 at ISO 100 with the built in red filter setting. It was one of those occasions I wished I’d had a neutral density filter with me.
Leica M-P (Typ240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.
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.
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.