As you know I’ve had this habit of visiting Annedal for testing out the Leica lenses I’v bought. And this time is no different… the only thing is that due to workload and weather I’v had to postponed it for a while. But just the other day an opportunity opened up, The weather was just perfect and I was able to skip lunch in favor of a walk.
I talked about the feel and build quality earlier and for each day that I use the lens it’s handling grows on me. The distinct aperture klicks, the silky smooth and well damped focus ring, and just hold the bare metal is an incredible feeling. Weight is on the other side of the scale… it’s very well balanced on the camera and it works great when holding the camera with both hands but if you want to casually just walk down the street with the camera loosely hanging in your right hand… you should go for a different lens, this lens is for working.
The Aparture… f/1.2 an incredible figure when it comes to a “wideangle” like the 35mm, there is just no competition, standing all alone you wold think that you can release just any crap an get away with it but in the case of Cosina/Voigtländer, they went all the way with this lens. Even at f/1.2 this lens delivers sharp enough images even for the biggest hardcore Leica enthusiast, some may say that the Summilux 35mm from Leica is a tad sharper and I would probably agree on that but for under a quarter of the Summilux price you get a superb lens with half a stop of more light… not that it might do that much difference in reality but you still have allot of money to play around with and you can brag to your friends that you have the fastest 35mm available.
As always I have to have a photo of that blue bridge… It’s such a great color and shape. Of corse the Leica M9 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at around f./5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 160 some light adjustments in LightroomI went a little further on the post processing on this image, Basic editing in Lightroom, Topaz adjust in Photoshop with some different layer styles blended together. Leica M9 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at f./1.2, 1/400sec, ISO 160 One more of those need to have images, the sofa, it’s probably not the comfiest on the planet but falling asleep in this environment wouldn’t be the right way to spend your time here. Leica M9 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at around f./2.0, 1/4000sec, ISO 160 some lightI sometimes wonder if the city planer and the architects ever meet in the early stages of the development of this small city in the city. This just feels a little like placing a cottage next to Starship Enterprise… It works but something is wrong anyway. Leica M9 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at around f./4.0, 1/1500sec, ISO 160
Who in there right mind places this chair on this lovely walkway… Sleek minimalist design and then an old chair from the office. Leica M9 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 Nokton at around f./1.2, 1/3000sec, ISO 160