I had a couple more films developed yesterday, so it’s time for some “analog” images again. These days, the lens that’s almost permanently on my Leica M7, is the Voigtlander 15mm f4.5. It’s the widest lens I own and on the full frame M7 it’s a real ultra wide angle (on the M8 it’s a 20mm).
The Nikon 14-24 is of course wider (1mm really counts when you shoot wide angle), but I rarely carry the D700/14-24 combo with me. It’s huge and heavy especially if you compare it with my rangefinder wide angle lenses. I can put the Voigtlander 21mm and Elmarit 28mm in my jacket pockets and carry the M7/15mm combo all day long, try that with the D700.
Also, on heavy weather conditions, the lack of a protective filter on the 14-24 is something you have to consider, the protruding element of this lens can easily be damaged if you are not careful. So, since it was raining and there was strong wing, my rangefinder setup once again proved irreplaceable.
My choice of film for this day was the Ilford Pan F, a 50 ISO film with fine grain and great sharpness. I really like this emulsion, especially on a sunny day with a red filter (on my next post I will publish images taken with this setup). Since it was heavy overcast, I removed the red filter and shot at slow speeds (about 1/30 to 1/60 at f5.6). Pan F is a very contrasty film, and it can also allow you to shoot wide open with fast lenses due to its slow speed.
For this session of course, finding subjects for wide angle was my main purpose. It’s weird when you come so close to a subject that you can almost touch it and still when you view the image it seems that you should have be even closer !! The 15mm is a very channelling focal length, but I really like the look of these images.
Enjoy the rest of the photos.
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