Monday, 27 September 2010
Bokeh or not?
Voigtlander Nokton Classic SC 35mm F1.4
I recently purchased a used fine sample from eBay for the M8 and had a street shoot walkabout in the narrow streets of Granada and Malaga in Andalucia. This diminutive lens impressed me with the colour rendition and compact size, the smooth focussing and also the precise aperture clickstops. Its a highly usable lens for street photography.
The moggie picture was taken wide open at F1.4 focussed on it's eyes. Click on the image to enlarge it.
The above bus stop picture was taken in Malaga at noon, at F3.4. The lens is crisp and contrasty, although my sample was a SC, single-coated version.
The view of the Alhambra Palace in Granada was shot through a finely restored Moorish double arch window showing a flat field with virtually no distortion. The plasterwork and windows aren't entirely level as this is a medieval construction, restored over centuries.
Although not intended as a full review of this compact lens, I can totally recommend it as an all round standard lens for the M's.