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The Fast 35, first Photo

First with 35 at 1.2Leica M9, Voigtländer 35mm 1.2 ASPH Nokton, At 1.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 160, DNG

As I mentioned earlier I came over this 35mm Nokton for my Leica M9 so whats the first thing you just have to do? Of Course I know mounting it on the camera, i mean shooting wide open just to find out how sharp the lens is and how it renders out of focus areas. The above photo is just straight out of camera DNG + sharpening and removing of purple CA in Lightroom. I do feel that the colors are lovely and representative and at least in this situation works well… Using a hanging sign as a focal point wasn’t the best Idea just a little wind makes it out of focus. Thank god it was a calm day. Just my recomposing that removed a bit of the sharpness.

On the other hand we have the in camera JPG that I pushed through Perfect B&W + added some sharpening. Enough to give that feeling of old and worn but still up to date.

First with 35 at 1.2 JPG B&WLeica M9, Voigtländer 35mm 1.2 ASPH Nokton, At 1.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 160, JPG+PP

Weight… at almost 500grams this is a heavy RF-lens but in combination with the digital M-house I think the balance is nearly perfect, due to non-existent grip on the M9 I have it can be somewhat hard to handle with one hand (compared to the 50 Summicron and the 15mm Heliar but these are lenses with well below 50% of the weight so it’s not any news that it creates a new relationship between the camera and the hand… still you need both hands for focus and shooting so why use only one?

Build… going hand in hand with the weight the build shows where the weight comes from… it’s not some hollow plastic bottle with some glass-elemenst thrown into it, this is a 10 element in 7 groups with 3 asph. elements. A heck of a lot of glass in such a compact body, by the way the body, that body is pure metal.

This is about as far as I’ve come the first day…

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