Category Archives: Within 200 feet of My House™

The Great Basil Experiment.

This was taken with that first test roll of film from a few posts back, but I’m posting it today because we had an official tasting of my son’s basil (the varieties grown include Lemon, Thai, Sweet, and Green Globe—which is spicy).

Don’t tell the cops.

—Peter.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

 

 

15 Years, Part 2.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

15 Years.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

The Big Lie (Down).

My patient test model, helping me out with the first roll of film.

Exposure was correct this time.

—Peter.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

The Conversation.

This is from Test Roll #1 (evaluating my M2-R and Voigtländer 40/1.4).

I thought I was shooting @ f/1.4, but realized too late I was @ f/2.8… hence the underexposure.

Still, I like the moment that was caught; in fact I like it more than anything else I’ve done lately.

—Peter.

Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Shades.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

The Rainy Day.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

The Brickworks.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Butterfly Girl, 2.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Butterfly Girl.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Lounging.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

OK Computer.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

OK Computer meets Ghost in the Machine.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

On my 50th birthday.

A childhood dream finally came true today.

The first LP to be played on my first ever record player:  Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.

Thank you to my wife and family.

—Peter.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Test Shots: Nikon Z + Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4.

These are some test images I made for my own purposes.  I was specifically looking at central sharpness of the Voigtlander 40mm Nokton 1.4 at various large apertures when mounted on the Nikon Z7.

I took two series of test shots, one at close-ish distance and the other at mid-far distance.

As you can see, @ f/1.4 there is a definite softness and “glow”, but resolution is actually quite good.  By f/2, the lens takes on a more modern contrasty look, which improves @ f/2.5, and then very slightly again @ f/2.8.

Depending on the look I’d want, I could see myself shooting at each of these apertures, but for a general-purpose look f/2 is probably the best compromise; @ f/2.5, the sharpness is already beyond anything I’d need for portraiture.

—Peter.

Scene 1:

(focus is on the number “30”)

Scene 2:

(focus is on the word “LIFETIME”)

As “dreamy” as the shots @ f/1.4 appear, they can easily be made to approximate the ones @ f/2, if contrast and sharpness are added during post processing:

(as stated in the introduction, the resolution is all there)

Transforming the “LIFETIME” image @ f/1.4 to a more modern rendering is a little more tricky, because there is more “glow” present, but — again — adding contrast and sharpness helps.

BY THE WAY, the Voigtlander 40/1.4 Nokton I have is the single-coated (SC) version.  The multi-coated (MC) version may behave differently, as it is purported to render with more contrast, have less propensity to flare, etc.  However, having owned it in the past I can’t recall seeing a difference, though admittedly I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison.

I hope you found this useful.

—Peter.

Honey.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Watching.

Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.

Homework.

Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.