The purple hat portrait.

The Purple Hat Portrait

↑Leica M9 and Leica Noctilux @ f/0.95.

12 thoughts on “The purple hat portrait.

  1. Darek says:

    I really love Your work I have been receving your posts in emails over a year. I appreciate all your imput and your experience you share. I always loved the leica but it has been out of reach for me. Couldn’t justify buying it. I did get the Xpro1. The lenses are great and the camera as well. It has quirks but one can get used to them. I do however wouild like to try the legendary glass (manual) on it. But I am not shure if I cen get the speed in focusing using it on Fuji xpro1. Is it really a hard work at the beggining? How can one learn to do it well and relatively quickly?

    Thanks again

    • Prosophos says:

      Hello Darek,

      Thank you for following the blog and for your kind words.

      I haven’t used the Fuji but I can probably guess that it won’t be as fast focusing manual lenses on it as on a rangefinder “M” camera. For those not familiar with rangefinder cameras, they have a central focusing “patch” that allows one to achieve focus by superimposing two identical images. Here is what it looks like:

      A few years ago, I was using several manual focus lenses on the Nikon D3S and D700, and although they are very quick-shooting cameras, I found that they did not allow me to focus as quickly and reliably as the rangefinder focusing patch.

      By the way, from what I’ve seen of the Fuji lenses, I think they are very nice and you’ll probably get nicer images with them on your XPro1 (because they have been designed to work well together as a system) vs. what you’ll get by attaching a Leica lens to your camera. So, don’t worry, save your money and enjoy the nice lenses Fuji makes!


  2. Brian Palmer says:

    Great photos.. The lens really shines here but of course your post gives it the extra edge.

  3. Jeroen says:

    Peter, serious…you sold this beauty:-(

    It was like a wand in the hand of a magician:-)!

    Like a famous (Dutch) soccer player once said: ‘every disadvantage has it advantage’. So I am curious to see which new direction you will move to:-).

    • Prosophos says:

      Thanks Jeroen,

      The one thing that bothered me, and I couldn’t get over, more than the size and weight of the Noctilux f/0.95, was the 1 m minimum focusing distance. If the thing could focus down to 0.7 m I would have had a difficult time parting with it.

      As it was, I couldn’t get as close to my subject as I wanted. It really bothered me.

      • Jeroen says:

        Fair, I understand your struggle! I think I would have had the same.

        And the advantage of selling this lens is that you now own a medium format camera. I am really really exicted to see what you can do with this machine:-).

        Enjoy your new GAS!

  4. […] The previous Purple Hat Portrait, which has a very different vibe, may be found here. […]

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