Category Archives: Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4

Dinner Theatre (in 3 Acts).

These were shot in a very dark restaurant.

(f/1.4, 1/30 sec)



Act 1:

Dinner Theatre - Act 1


Act 2:

Dinner Theatre - Act 2


Act 3:

Dinner Theatre - Act 3


People often ask me why I always go back to the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4.

This is why.




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.



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

Jumping for Joy.

Jumping for Joy

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



↑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.


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.


Bedtime Hair Brushing

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


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