Photo Walk: Leica M9 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM (Japanese Summilux)

Last night I packed up the trusty M9 and threw on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM. This “Japanese Summilux” is such a bargain. You’re getting a fast 50mm lens for a tiny fraction of the price of Leica’s equivalent. Granted, Leica’s 50mm Summilux is outstanding, but it’s not in everyone’s budget.

Reading at Longshan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Reading at Longshan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO1600, VSCO)

Right now, M8 and M9 bodies are relatively inexpensive compared to their current equivalents and some still even prefer the CCD found in these two bodies over the current series of M bodies. In contrast, the 50mm Summilux lenses have remained prohibitively expensive. If you want to try out the rangefinder experience, now is a great time to pick up a used M9 and a $200 Japanese Summilux.

In some ways the CCD sensor in the M8 and M9 is seen as inferior, but some still love it for its color reproduction. I can see way. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, unedited DNG converted to jpg)

In some ways the CCD sensor in the M8 and M9 is seen as inferior, but some still love it for its color reproduction. I can see way. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO1000, cropped DNG converted to jpg)

Late evening in the family shop. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Late evening in the family shop. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO320, VSCO)

Smoking at a street-side auction. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Smoking at a street-side auction. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO200, VSCO)

Bundles of candles at Longshan Temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Bundles of candles at Longshan Temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO160, VSCO)

Smoke and prayers at the temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM)

Smoke and prayers at the temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO1250)

Saturday night at the temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Saturday night at the temple. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Small grocer in the alley. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, VSCO)

Small grocer in the alley. (Leica M9, Canon 50mm LTM, ISO160, VSCO)

All of the images in this post, with the exception of the black and white image & the painted wall, were converted from DNG files and treated with VSCO’s Kodak Portra film simulation.

6 thoughts on “Photo Walk: Leica M9 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM (Japanese Summilux)

    • Thanks. I’m usually hard pressed to push beyond ISO800 too. I find that black and white images tend to have a little more headroom with ISO latitude. BTW – The images have been updated with ISO information.

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