Leica Vista!

And now, for something different! I lent my Sony SLT-A77 and Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM to a friend, who then lent me his Leica M6 TTL and Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 35mm F2.0 ZM.

All shots are at F2.0 unless otherwise specified. No color, contrast or brightness adjustments were done – I just did an Unsharp Mask with amount 90%, radius 0.3 pixels, threshold 3 levels, before resizing it.

The film used was Agfa Vista ASA 400 color negative film.

Shot in the same area. You can see how it works under flourescent light – somewhat cool.

Under tungsten light. Not overly warm and seems to give milder colors.

I am not going to credit the photographer who took this out-of-focus picture of me. Well at least you get to see the horrid brightline bokeh of the Zeiss Biogon 35mm F2.0…

Well, it certainly doesn’t get all reddy like Kodak films do…

I think I stopped down to F5.6 for this.

This was probably at F4.0.

Indoors, with weak light.

When I finished my first roll and was winding it, I thought I finished winding it and opened the bottom of the M6. Crap! The film was still out, and it was exposed to light, causing the light leak you see above!

And I took longer to take her picture. I find it funny that I have to stop people and ask to take their picture, because I can’t focus a walking person fast enough on the M6.

This frame was probably more inside, thus getting a weaker light leak.

Well, sometimes you get lucky with walking people… probably F4.0 or so.

I had to underexpose, setting the shutter speed to 1/30th of a second. Any slower and there’d be motion blur caused by the people moving.

This is a 100% crop. All the pictures were scanned into 2.4 megapixels so it’s not a terribly tight crop.

And of course, I had to stop by the Leica Global Store at Avenue K, to try the beautiful Leica Noctilux-M 50mm F0.95 ASPH! This shot was at F0.95. Unfortunately the store was small so I couldn’t really get good subjects with the restrictive minimum focus distance of 1 meter.

Also at F0.95.

More to come, this time from my favorite film – Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ASA400!

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