Portraits With The Leica M9 (Quick Post)

Portraits with The Leica M9:

Hey everyone, I hope all of your Christmas shopping is going well.  Christmas seems to fly by so fast this year.  Anyway, I took some portraits of my friend recently with my Leica M9, and was originally going to save some for a review I was writing up on the 50 Summilux ASPH but I figured if I use them now, it would give me even more of an excuse to keep using my 50 Lux :).  Furthermore, it’s my friend’s birthday so a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her :).  As said before, I shot these portraits mainly with the 50 Summilux ASPH with the exception of one picture, which was shot with the 75 Summilux (and man, it came out crazy sharp).

Leica M9 and 50 Summilux ASPH Combo:

I said this in many posts before this one, and I’ll say it again: The Leica M9 and 50 Summilux ASPH combo is simply awesome.  If I could only choose one lens for my M9, it would be the 50 Lux ASPH.  There is no question about it.  The 50 Summilux ASPH is tack sharp especially wide open but the images come out sooooo smooth…like butter…the bokeh is simply outstanding.  I had a 50 Summicron before my purchase of the Lux, and it are damn good.  There is no fault in the 50 Cron, and if I never used the 50 Summilux ASPH, I would never feel the need to upgrade.  But man, when you put that 50 Summilux ASPH on your Leica M9, the pictures that come out of this combo are in a league of their own.  I honestly try to take everything with my 50 Summilux ASPH, and I know others who do the same.

On to The Portraits With The Leica M9:

I could go on and on about the 50 Lux ASPH and Leica M9 combo but this is not a review of either one (If any of you are interested, you can check out my Leica M9 review).  I will definitely be reviewing the 50 Summilux ASPH soon (I have many, MANY photos to demonstrate its amazing abilities) as well as doing a comparison review between the 50 Summilux ASPH and 50 Summicron.  Lastly, I will be finishing up my review of the 50 Summicron soon, so please stay tuned.  Anyway, here are a few photos of my friend.

↑ Beautiful bokeh thanks to the 50 Summilux ASPH and a little old school effect thanks to Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.

↑ More of the same here.

↑ Last one: I love how her lips turned out in this one.  I love how everything comes out so smooth and organic with the Leica M9.

↑ I kind a liked how the lens flare turned out.

↑ Curtesy of Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 3.

↑ One more bubble pic…one of my favorites…love the slight swirl effect with the bubbles.

↑ This one is shot with the 75 Summilux and Leica M9 combo.

↑ This is a 100% crop of the picture above.  Check out how clean and sharp the hairs of my friend are with the 75 Summilux.

↑ Here’s another 100% crop of her eye.  If any of you are interested, check out my 75 Summilux review.

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