Sunday, July 24, 2011

What to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

M9, 21 Summilux, f/2, 1/250s, ISO 800
Well if you're a rambunctious 3 year old, you jump on the bed after your nap.  Since I don't nap, I had to find something else to do.  So I did what any camera geek would do I started playing around to test the new lens I got on Friday the Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux.

M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/60s, ISO 160
I won't bore you with a bunch of test images, I was mostly looking to see what the focus accuracy was like and how much focus shift there was. There is a little bit of focus shift but its not a big enough deal to be important in most real world shooting (the depth of field increases more backwards than forwards as you stop down but its not enough to render the intended focus target out of focus). I also tried to shoot the lens in difficult light conditions wide open like the image above. I am amazed at just how much contrast and detail the lens can deliver wide open even in challenging light conditions, look at the crop below (the point of focus was the front right blub of the light fixture):

100% crop, M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4
So for variety I slapped the 50 Summilux on and photographed my favorite portrait subject, my daughter Maya.
M9, 50 Summilux, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 320
M9, 50 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/125s, ISO 320
The 50 Summilux is still a wonderful lens to use, I've been getting used to how much the focus distance changes for a certain amount of moment of the AF ring so I can almost get the focus plane where I want it before the camera is even at my eye. 

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