After experimenting with macro work, it was time to shoot some flowers. I suppose, after that, I’ll have to pack my gear and do some walking in order to find some new subjects, but as I’ve already written, I’m on vacation, so my photo activities have slowed down !!

For this series, I’ve chosen the Leica M8 camera, since it was quite some time since I picked it up (the D800E has been my main camera lately, since I am still trying to learn it).

(Leica M8, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1, shot at f/1.1, tripod)

By using a tripod, I managed to nail focus more easily than handheld, since I could bracket focus and choose the best image. The Nokton 50mm f/1.1 has indeed harsh bokeh most of the times as you can see at the image above.


(Leica M8, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1, shot at f/1.1, tripod)

At f/1.1, depth of field is so thin that sometimes it gets a large print to see the focused spot, so it’s not always the best choice for flowers at minimum focus distance.

(Leica M8, Leica Elmar 135mm f/4, shot at f/4, tripod)

The Leica Elmar f/4 is a very very difficult lens to use on a rangefinder like the M8. Even with the 1.4x magnifier, I find it extremely hard to nail focus, so this lens does not get the use I thought it would when I purchased it. On the other hand, it makes a great 200mm telephoto lens for the Sony NEX 5N, where the live view screen together with the focus peaking system, makes focusing much easier. I will probably move permanently this lens to my NEX bag.

(Leica M8, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1, shot at f/1.1, tripod)

For last, I saved two infrared images shot with the Leica M8 and Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 lens (the B+W 092 IR filter was used). This is one of the very few times I use a 90mm lens for infrared, since it’s very difficult to find the right focus spot (Leica lenses don’t have IR focus mark). On a tripod of course, even at f/4, it was easy to bracket focus and choose the right image.


(Leica M8, Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8, shot at f/4, tripod)

So, these were the images for today. For my next images, I will probably take out the Sony NEX 5N for a walk, together with the 55-210 e-mount lens, and of course the Elmar 135mm f/4.

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