An interesting review of the Leica M9 combined with the Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux and Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux

Though I’ve reviewed the Leica M9 and M9-P before, I only recently had the pleasure of trying the Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux and Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux on the new digital bodies in real world use and street photography (I’ve used the former with a film body before). As readers of this site may know, I like the cameras; but have a major problem with their metering methods. Additionally, I tend to liken the images from the camera to chrome film in that one needs to nail the exposure perfectly and there isn’t a tremendous amount of versatility in the post-production process, though there is some.

So with all that aside, how do the lenses perform on the camera body?

Shooting with the lenses wide open is an absolute joy, though focusing and recomposing with them isn’t as much of a joy. When you recompose, the plane of focus gets thrown off. The best option is to stop down, but if I’m purchasing a Leica f1.4 lens, then I bought it to shoot wide open. Instead, it would have been best if I just centered the dog’s eye.

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