This is an image, of course, but it’s also a test shot. I’m trying to tackle and tame the shortcomings of the CMOS sensor.
My brief experience with the D800E confirmed for me that “CMOS is CMOS” when it comes to trying to pull out shadow detail (or getting micro-contrast, or getting good skin tones)… i.e., as of April 2014, it’s not as good as CCD, whether we’re talking Nikon or Leica.
Surprisingly, the D800E also made me appreciate the M240 more.
However, going forward I’m going to give the technical stuff a rest and start concentrating on photography again.
And as I go along I hopefully will be able to reduce the time it took to get this image to where I wanted it to be.
↑Leica M240 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.
(About a girl and her dog)
This was taken at bedtime, under very dim light. The film was therefore pushed quite a bit during post processing to lighten things (I should have instead “pushed” it during development).
I’m actually amazed that I ended up with an image that I like, given my previous attempts to capture such scenes in my kitchen without the aid of daylight have never produced satisfactory results, with digital cameras (M9, M8, D3S, D3, D700, etc.) anyway. Although film doesn’t make up for poor lighting, it certainly is more forgiving.
↑Leica M3, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4, and Kodak Tri-X 400.
Please don’t write to me and tell me this comparison is not scientifically valid — I’ve named this post Unscientific for a reason.
I will, however, acknowledge that the M240 was at a significant ISO disadvantage vs. the M9.
However, low light shooting is the main reason I bought the M240.
Perhaps those with better post-processing skills could have done better with the M240 file.
Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t.
Introducing the Voigtländer Color Skopar F2.5/35mm P II.
I’ve been experimenting with this lens for the last 24 hrs and, so far, I like it. Small, sharp, smooth. Its strength is in daylight shooting, not just because it is limited to a maximum aperture of f/2.5, but because of the way it holds highlights.
Images will follow — maybe in a few days — so you can judge for yourself.
Voigtländer always delivers great lenses, so I shouldn’t be surprised at the results.
In the meantime, feel free to re-visit my report on one of my favourite lenses, the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4.
I’m asked this almost weekly (even though I name the gear used to take each image I post, below each image I post).
For the record, these are the cameras/lenses I’m currently using.
For anyone in doubt about film having a different look from digital, look carefully at this image.
Noteworthy observations: the colours, the tonality. There are other differences that I’ve never been able to put my finger on — call it the “je ne sais quoi” factor.
As an aside, I’ve always found that the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm, the lens used to capture this image, performs exceptionally well on film.
—Peter | Prosophos.
↑Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.