Infrared images with the Leica M8

A few more infrared images for today’s post, taken as usual with the Leica M8 and B+W 092 infrared filter. This time I shot exclusively with the Elmarit 28mm lens. It’s a phenomenal lens which delivers superb sharpness and image quality, and it’s also the smallest lens ever made by Leica.

The Elmarit came out shortly after the introduction of the M8 camera. It’s purpose was to act as a 35mm lens for the M8 which is the most used focal length (actually on the M8 is a 37mm). Due to the “slow” f2.8 maximum aperture, it was much cheaper than the Summicron, and therefore a good choice for the M8 owner. I have used this lens both on digital and film and the results are always amazing. On a film camera, it’s a great wide angle lens suited for landscapes, while on the M8 is an all around travel lens. Since its a f2.8 and the M8 suffers from noise above 640 ISO, when the light falls, I mount it on the Sony NEX 5N, where it becomes a 42mm equivalent (also a great focal length for travel).

I have compared prints between the Elmarit and the Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4 (my first choice for IR landscapes due to the 28mm equivalent focal length), and as expected there’s an evident difference in favor of the Elmarit.

(Leica M8, Elmarit 28mm f2.8, B+W 092 filter, “Daylight to Tungsten” effect added to alter false color)

About false color IR images, I will usually swap the red and blue channels to create it. It turns the foliage to yellow and the sky gets a more natural blue color. Lately, I have been experimenting with more effects and found that the “Daylight to Tungsten” effect will also produce very interesting images (as can seen on the image above).

That’s all for today, enjoy the rest of the images.


(Leica M8, Elmarit 28mm f2.8, B+W 092 filter)

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One Response to Infrared images with the Leica M8

  1. Peter Haken says:

    Great article … I have M8 and also the 28mm lens that was all I could afford at the time. I have never had the opportunity to use another lens but I have managed to save up and I am about to buy a secondhand Summilux 50mm 1.4 lens for portrait and to get the Bokeh effect I so want. Thanks P

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