Film Friday: Testing the Leica M4 & Leica 35mm Summicron f/2

Its another film Friday!

Leica 35mm Summicron wide open
Leica 35mm Summicron wide open

Now that I finally have a Leica M camera, it was time to see what the lens could do.  They say that Leica M lens control the light well, even shooting into direct sunlight they handle the contrast and flare extremely well.

I currently own two Leica Lens, Leica 35mm Summicron f/2 and a Leica 24mm Elmar f/3.8.

This set was shot with the 35mm Summicron.  Shots into the light work very well, and while it does desaturate the image, flare and contrast is controlled exceptionally well.

While the lens is a good performer stopped down, with the right subject, shooting wide open at f/2 is where you get that lovely dreamy Leica look that everyone wants.

I also took a few sports shots.  The other weekend was the Saxilby 5k, and while most people were photographing the event with either Camera Phones, Compacts or SLR’s; I tried the unthinkable, the Leica M4 and a wide Angle lens.  Not only that, I picked a shutter speed what would not freeze the movement, but would leave some image blur to the image.

I think they work extremely well. Using a camera that many consider much more restrictive then the 35mm DSLR certainly makes you think more about the photograph, and any mistakes or successes are certainly my own and not due to the electronics in the camera.

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