Jan 082013

Ultra fast lenses (F1.2 and larger apertures) are seldom used in street photography, nevertheless it can be a great creative tool in some circumstances. My buddy Kristian Dowling has just written a comprehensive test of these speed kings at stevehuffPhoto.com. So if you are contemplating the purchase of one of these beasts, his article is a great reference to compare bokeh, contrast, sharpness, and colors of rare lenses such as the Noctilux 1.2 and 60mm Hexanon V1.

And since Kristian wrote some nice words about my pictures taken with the 60mm Hexanon V2, I could not resist and post a shot taken with it in Paris last summer. Unluckily (and I understand how absurd this might sound), its value has risen so much that I did not take it along in our move to Argentina. Why risk it in the streets of a country where theft can happen at any block? (click on picture for high res)

Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/750, ISO160

  3 Responses to “Ultra fast lenses test by Kristian Dowling”

  1. yes sure theft can happen at any block…

  2. I used to know a chef who kept his samurai knife in a safe and never used it.
    He was a mediocre chef but a great collector.

  3. If the cost of the equipment overides the passion, for the image, change to less expensive tools. Mostly nobody really knows "Leica". A few. You have left it at home so in a sense, it's already gone! Returned a few days ago from South Africa. I used only small digital point and shoots. I use them everyday of my life, now retired. I am an expert with these small cameras. I do things unimaginable with a larger camera, even the compact Leica M. Your shoe-shine man illustrates this most precisely. Yet your last image,N0:6, is good.
    I think you will explore the smaller camera to a new vision!

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