Leica SL2 And 75mm Summilux Indoor Shooting: Mono Flora:
Like most of you, I’ve been practicing social distancing, and self-isolating/quarantine measures because of the corona virus pandemic. Shooting, especially doing model shoots have come to a complete halt for me. I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing some reviews that will be coming out shortly. I’ve been catching up on a lot of editing (which you can see on my Instagram), and even experimenting a bit by trying new editing techniques. I’ve also been catching up on some of my Netflix, and Amazon Prime streaming when I get the chance ;). Still, I love photography, and miss shooting quite a bit. So, I was trying to find things to photograph that didn’t require me to go out much, and I remember this one photo I took a long time ago when I still had my Leica M9. It was a bunch of flowers, and I shot it with my 75mm Summilux. I thought I’d try something like that again.
So, instead of the M9, I used my Leica SL2 with the 75mm Summilux. Believe it or not, this is actually the first time I’ve even mounted an M lens on my SL2 . I bough this camera on the first day that it was released, so basically, I’ve had it for almost half a year as of this writing, and I still haven’t used an M lens on it. I don’t believe it myself. I love my M lenses but truthfully, I love my L mount lenses a little bit more. Plus, they have autofocus ;). Still, I understand that all lenses are characteristically unique, which is why I specifically chose the 75mm Summilux here.
The 75mm Summilux is a beautiful lens. My copy was originally my dad’s but he doesn’t really shoot these days, so he gave it to me. I don’t use it as much anymore because over the years, I’ve been finding it more difficult to focus. In fact, this is my most difficult lens to correctly focus (on a side note, if you’re looking for a fantastic lens that is similar to this one that I find easier to focus, check out my Voigtlander 75mm f1.5 ASPH review). However, when you do nail the shot, the image just has a look that, quite frankly, is so pleasing to the eyes. It isn’t as clinical, and perfect as my SL lenses but it just has this painterly effect at f1.4 that I love, especially at closer distances.
This lens, of course, has no macro capabilities, so you’re still rather far away from the subject, especially when your subject is say a flower. However, the depth of field is ultra thin when you’re close up. You can focus on say one part of a petal but the remaining areas are completely out of focus.
With all that said, here are the shots that I took with the Leica SL2 and 75mm Summilux combo. I originally wanted to replicate what I took with my M9 but the conditions (mainly the lighting) were not the same, and of course, even the way that I shoot these days has changed quite a bit. Plus, all my strobe gear is at my studio space, so I had to change things up a bit. For one, I decided to play around with harsh light and shadows. I’ve been actually a huge fan of harsh light and shadows recently, especially in my boudoir work. You can check my Instagram for examples. I’ve posted a couple with this type of lighting but will post more when I finish the edits.
I also decided to go the black and white route this time. These were actually originally processed as color photos but I changed my mind last minute. I went for a darker, moodier look. I was just having some fun and messing around while I was shooting; I figured I’d do the same thing while I was editing. I did post one color photo at the bottom. I just didn’t like how the black and white version came out.
So, that’s about it. I definitely plan to use the 75mm Summilux in the future for what it was designed for: portrait. The 75mm Summilux is such a great lens, and it’s one of those lenses that I’ll never part with. It truly is special.
As for what to expect next here, my Panasonic Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f4 review is coming very soon. I also still have the Fuji X-Pro3 review, which will come up afterwards. If any of you have questions about the 75mm Summilux or are home, and just want to talk shop a bit, you can always message me below in the comments section or DM me on my Instagram. As always, thanks for stopping by!