All pictures - Leica M8 Voigtlander 50mm f1.1 at f1.1.
Yesterdays two major announcements provoked different emotions in me. Frustration and disappointment when Canon announced what the 60D would be like and pleasure and anticipation when Cosina revealed that they are joining m4/3 and that their first lens is going to be a 25mm f0.95.
I had a look at some images I had shot with the Voigtlander 50mm f1.1 Nokton on a Leica M8 to remind myself of what this combination was capable of.
To me yesterdays announcement was some of the best news I've heard on the photographic gear front in some time. I see it as a great boost for m4/3. Cosina/Voigtlander is an excellent lens manufacturer with a great sense of tradition, and of any company that I would wish to become a third party manufacturer of lenses for the system then they would be my first choice. I've used a lot of their lenses and I love their quality and appreciate their reasonable pricing. I also can't think of a better start than an ultra fast "standard" lens for the system.
Though people seem to like them, I personally have no desire whatsoever to use a rebadged surveillance lens masquerading as photographic equipment. Now there is a decent proper option and for that I'm very grateful.
With the rumoured upcoming new Panasonic sensor things look very bright for m4/3 and I can see a year down the line a good choice of AF and MF lens giving us a varied set of options. We all have our own particular preferences for what a lens range would include, and speaking personally a 25mm f0.95 was right at the top of my list. I had begun to believe it was going to remain a fantasy and I was delighted to wake up yesterday morning and discover that the mysterious m4/3 announcement was this lens.
One of the nice things about a lens like this is that there is a depth of field advantage. A "standard lens" field of view on full frame requires a 50mm lens. On m4/3 its a 25mm lens. Since a 25mm lens has more DOF at any aperture than a 50mm lens, focusing is a little easier and more forgiving. Though at f0.95 there's not a lot in it.
I'm looking forward to the lens arriving here in the UK and unless preliminary reports suggest its a bad lens, which knowing Voigtlander I would be very doubtful of, I'm looking forward to buying and using one.
Words - D
Images - D & A