Friday, August 19, 2011

Leica M9 & Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Part II

Tombstone Arizona, the town too tough to die.  Founded in 1879, Tombstone is located in Cochise County and was one of the last wide-open frontier boomtowns in the American Old West.  What better place to keep testing a fast wide-open lens than here...

f/8 1/2000 ISO 1000

Courtney
f/1.1 1/250 ISO 1000

f/1.1 1/250 ISO 1000

f/1.1 1/250 ISO 1000

Tombstone is a 2-hour drive southeast of Tucson.  Arriving late morning and hungry we decided to grab lunch at Big Nose Kates Saloon where we met Courtney.  The inside is the saloon is rather dark however setting the Nokton wide-open at f/1.1 and the ISO set on auto we were able to get a couple great images.  While primarily a landscape photographer I think I was able to get a couple decent images of Courtney who I wish to thank very much for standing still while I figured out the focus.  

The Shady Lady's Closet
406 East Allen, Tombstone AZ
f/1.1 1/500 ISO 320

f/1.1 1/350 ISO 1000

f/1.1 1/350 ISO 1000

f/1.1 1/350 ISO 200

Geri
f/1.1 1/350 ISO 640

The remainder of the images were all taken while walking Allen Street.

f/1.1 1/350 ISO 640

An ants' view of the sidewalk

f/8 1/350 ISO 250

f/16 1/350 ISO 250

f/1.1 1/2000 ISO 160

f/1.1 1/2000 ISO 160

There's an old buckboard wagon that's been sitting on a corner for as long as we've been going to Tombstone.  The last time I was here I had a Canon G10 and took several images and had to capture more on this visit.  While the wagon has seen better days I've always been drawn to the wheels and undercarriage.  These were all taken in bright noon light. 

f/16 1/350 ISO 160


f/16 1/350 ISO 250

f/16 1/350 ISO 250

Driving through Benson AZ we happened to pass the Arizona Saddle Blanket Company - too bad they were closed.  I feel another road trip coming.....

f/8 1/2000 ISO 1000

We traveled very light on this visit taking just the Leica M9 with the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.1 attached and a spare battery. The images were all processed using a combination of Photoshop CS5 and Nik Software (either Silver Efex Pro or HDR Efex Pro). The plan (at least for now) is to see if I touch my Summicron 50mm before deciding what to do with it. The more I use the Nokton the more I like it and the more I think I'd like the .95 Noctilux however I'll have to wait until my ship comes in and I fear they haven't even laid the keel yet.

I've ordered a Hoya ND filter for the lens and hope to test the combination with wide-open shooting shortly.

I wish to thank once again Courtney at Big Nose Kates Saloon and Geri at The Shady Ladies Closet for allowing me to photograph them. And as always, thank you for visiting and please remember your comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome. Next year Arizona celebrates its 100 year anniversary as a state - if you plan on visiting please remember Tombstone.

Don




2 comments:

  1. Fantastics
    VoigtlƤnder Nokton 50mm f/1.1 is a good investment compared to the Noctilux?

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  2. Luis, with the Leica Noctilux being on a 1 year waiting for $10.500 or paying a $3000 plus premium I say it is a very good investment. Would I like a Noctilux? Yes very much however there's other things that stand in my way - like finding the $10,500. Don

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