Infrared images with Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8

A few more infrared photos from my recent trip. I used exclusively the Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 lens instead of my favorite Skopar 21mm. On the M8 it becomes a 37mm so its not so wide for landscape work.



Two different versions of the same subject. At the first photo I added a B+W 110ND filter which cuts 10 stops, in order to get the silky water effect during daylight. Even with two filters on the lens, the Elmarit showed much less vignetting than the Skopar. That’s due to the longer focal length and the fact that this is a 6-bit coded lens, so there’s in-camera vignetting correction.

The Elmarit is probably the sharpest lens among my M-mount arsenal. A wonderful lens indeed. Nailing focus with infrared of course is not easy on the Leica M, so I chose to shoot at f/8 and f/11 when on a tripod, still the lens remains very sharp even at these apertures.


This is one of the times when I don’t convert the IR photo to b&w or false color, but just leave it as it came out of the camera.


A two image stitch using the Autopano Pro software to allowed me to include the whole building in the frame without the use of a wide angle lens. Shot handheld.

I really enjoyed using the Elmarit for IR images, next time I am thinking of also employing the 35mm Summarit, a lens that lacks the prestige of the Summicron, but an excellent performer.

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