|M9, 21 Summilux, ~f/2.8, 1/3000s, ISO 160|
Its summer, and that means time for the Lick Observatory's Summer Visitor Program. This year, I decided to organize an outing for a larger group, inviting several others in my lab as well as a bunch of our summer interns. In total, our group had 18 people and this was the first time to the Lick for most of them.
I also received a new lens yesterday to help round out my Leica kit, the 21mm f/1.4 Summilux and that was the only lens I used last night. I will intersperse my observations of the 21 Summilux throughout this post.
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/30s, ISO 250|
Before heading up to the observatory, we all had a very tasty dinner at my favorite Thai place in the bay area, Thai Lover's located in East San Jose. The dinner was enjoyed by all with many saying it was one of the best Thai places they'd been to in a while. The 21mm focal length gives a nice wide view to capture groups.
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 2000|
|M9, 21 Summilux, ~f/2.8, 1/750s, ISO 160.|
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/1500s, ISO 160|
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/8, (varying shutter speeds), ISO 160. Fusion of 5 exposures.|
Just before the start of the excellent "history" lecture, we had a chance to check out both telescopes in daylight (another good reason to get there early).
|M9, 21 Summilux, ~f/2.8, 1/12s, ISO 2500|
The 40" reflector (pictured above) was pointed at the star Altair which could be observed even in daylight.
|M9, 21 Summilux, ~f/2, 1/30s, ISO 1600|
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/25s, ISO 2500|
High ISO is definitely not the M9 sensor's forte but the 21 Summilux is reasonably sharp (though not as sharp as the 50 Summilux ASPH) has excellent contrast and very balanced color. Though the files when zoomed up do have a lot of noise the overall image is still very pleasing.
|M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/30s, ISO 200|