I’ve been spotted

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.

Cafe dog

Leica M4-2, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens and taken on AGFA Vista 200 colour print film.

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Star

Minster on Sea, England. 2022

Taken on my Leica M-P (Typ240) with the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens.

Rays of the Sun

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

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

Swirling Pathway

Minster on Sea, England. 2022

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.

Drylands

Isle of Sheppey, England. Summer 2022.

An image we can all relate to here in the UK and Europe at the present time.

Leica MP, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Stake

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Click to enlarge.

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

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.

Drought

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Shot on Ilford Delta 100 film, which is the last of my late fathers stock. This film was dated June 2004 and was exposed at an ISO of 50. Development was in Rodinal 1:50 for 14 minutes.

Taken with my Leica MP, Summicron – M 35mm f/2 ASPH and a B&W yellow filter.

Quality time

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica MP, Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Highlights

Barton’s Point, England. 2022

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