Pembrokeshire - Leica M9

Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Biogon

Unfortunately due to the dust spot problem with the sensor, the M9 was used more sparingly than we would have liked, during our recent trip to the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales. We had wonderful deep blue skies and the thought of cloning out dust spots from the images was not appealing. Due to a problem at the company that cleans our sensors, Calumet, they are unable to do this until next week, so we had to use the Leica with its current proliferation of spots.

As a coastal National Park, it has truly breathtaking scenery, much of which is only accessible by foot. Consequently we spent much of the time walking. Our decision to take only light, non-DSLR cameras and lenses proved the right decision.

Leica M9 Summarit-M 90mm f2.5

The two pictures above were taken around Wooltack point, on the Marloes peninsula. The cliffs are very high and care needed to be taken as there were many sheer drops. The temptation to get just a little bit further forward to get the shot had to be resisted!

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f2 planar

The ponies shot is one of our favourites from the whole trip. We happened upon them "posing" in this group. Couldn't have really been better if we had placed them there ourselves. They kept this grouping until we had taken the pictures we wanted & then they drifted away.

Leica M9 135mm f4 Tele Elmar

The final picture was a test shot taken with our 45 year old 135mm F4 Tele-Elmar lens. This is a lovely, though heavy, lens. It is pretty difficult to focus, because of the small size of the 135mm frame in the M9's viewfinder. If focusing on a distant landscape, which is where its very useful, it can be difficult to find something suitable for the rangefinder focusing. Consequently we tend to use the smallest aperture we can, so that we can be sure that we have our subject in focus.

Considering its age we are always amazed by the sharpness of this lens. A real bargain.