Category Archives: Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4

Portrait.

This is an image, of course, but it’s also a test shot.  I’m trying to tackle and tame the shortcomings of the CMOS sensor.

My brief experience with the D800E confirmed for me that “CMOS is CMOS” when it comes to trying to pull out shadow detail (or getting micro-contrast, or getting good skin tones)… i.e., as of April 2014, it’s not as good as CCD, whether we’re talking Nikon or Leica.

Surprisingly, the D800E also made me appreciate the M240 more.

However, going forward I’m going to give the technical stuff a rest and start concentrating on photography again.

And as I go along I hopefully will be able to reduce the time it took to get this image to where I wanted it to be.

—Peter.

Portrait

↑Leica M240 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

Jumping for Joy.

Jumping for Joy

↑Leica M240 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

Profiles.

Profiles

↑Leica M9 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

C and H.

(About a girl and her dog)

This was taken at bedtime, under very dim light.  The film was therefore pushed quite a bit during post processing to lighten things (I should have instead “pushed” it during development).

I’m actually amazed that I ended up with an image that I like, given my previous attempts to capture such scenes in my kitchen without the aid of daylight have never produced satisfactory results, with digital cameras (M9, M8, D3S, D3, D700, etc.) anyway.  Although film doesn’t make up for poor lighting, it certainly is more forgiving.

—Peter.

C and H

↑Leica M3, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

Bedtime Hair Brushing.

My M3 is back — repaired, rebuilt… reborn.

—Peter.

Bedtime Hair Brushing

↑Leica M3, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4 and 1/30 sec, Kodak Tri-X 400.

Birthday Wishes (and surprises).

Birthday Wishes 1

↑Leica M9 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

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Birthday Wishes 2

↑Leica M9 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

Serious Honey.

Serious Honey

↑Leica M9 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

Freddy, the camera hog.

The rest of the gang played it cool.

(the quickly melting Freddy, Olaf, and Big Poppa are courtesy of my kids.)

Freddy was a camera hog

↑Leica M9 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/5.6.

Tender is the Knight.

Tender is the Knight

↑Leica M3, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

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This photo was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot:

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LFI Master Shot

Unscientific (M240 vs. M9).

Please don’t write to me and tell me this comparison is not scientifically valid —  I’ve named this post Unscientific for a reason.

I will, however, acknowledge that the M240 was at a significant ISO disadvantage vs. the M9.

However, low light shooting is the main reason I bought the M240.

Perhaps those with better post-processing skills could have done better with the M240 file.

Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t.

—Peter.

Unscientific (M240 vs. M9 Prosophos comparison)

Voigtlander Color Skopar F2.5/35mm Pancake II.

Voigtlander Color Skopar F2.5:35mm P II

Introducing the Voigtländer Color Skopar F2.5/35mm P II.

I’ve been experimenting with this lens for the last 24 hrs and, so far, I like it.  Small, sharp, smooth.  Its strength is in daylight shooting, not just because it is limited to a maximum aperture of f/2.5, but because of the way it holds highlights.

Images will follow — maybe in a few days — so you can judge for yourself.

Voigtländer always delivers great lenses, so I shouldn’t be surprised at the results.

In the meantime, feel free to re-visit my report on one of my favourite lenses, the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4.

—Peter.

My current equipment.

I’m asked this almost weekly (even though I name the gear used to take each image I post, below each image I post).

For the record, these are the cameras/lenses I’m currently using.

—Peter.

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Cameras

Leica M9:

Leica-M9

Leica Monochrom:

Leica M Monochrom

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Lenses

Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH:

Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH

Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH:

Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH

Leica 90mm Summicron APO:

Leica 90mm Summicron APO

Voigtländer 40mm Nokton:

Voigtlander Nokton 40 1.4

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The fireman.

The fireman

↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

Canvases.

canvases

↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

60s vibe.

60s vibe

↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

The grocer.

For anyone in doubt about film having a different look from digital, look carefully at this image.

Noteworthy observations: the colours, the tonality.  There are other differences that I’ve never been able to put my finger on — call it the “je ne sais quoi” factor.

As an aside, I’ve always found that the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, the lens used to capture this image, performs exceptionally well on film.

—Peter | Prosophos.

The grocer

↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

Electric.

Electric

↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

Q&A: My lenses.

One of the more frequent email questions I receive is:

What lenses do you use?

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell if you follow my daily posts, because I list the specific lens (and camera) used beneath each image.

However, I’ve been known to frequently re-jig my set-up — as I’ve done recently.

So, currently, I’m using:

1. The Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

2. The Leica 50mm Summicron.

3. The Voigtländer Nokton 40mm.

And…

If you want to view images taken with any of the equipment I’ve ever used, you can search for specific lenses in the Category Cloud.  It looks like this:

You can find it on the bottom of the page…

Just click on a specific category (link) and all the images associated with it will be displayed.

Hope that helps,

—Peter.

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