Street photography with the Leica M Monochrom and Noctilux 50mm F0.95 ASPH

Started Oct 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
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robert van keulen
robert van keulen Regular Member • Posts: 397
Street photography with the Leica M Monochrom and Noctilux 50mm F0.95 ASPH


i was able to borrow a Leica M Monochrom with Noctilux 50mm F0.95 ASPH. It was a pre-production model with a firmeware like 0,0012 or something like that. The Noctilux was not even in the lens list of the camera. man what a tiny DOF you get at 1meter and F0.95. In this case i had to ask each person if i could take there portrait.

I did a tour in the town of Leiden and took street portraits and scenes with high contrast. I had to shoot in the shadows to be able to use the F0.95 or F1.4. If there is a next time i will use a ND 8 filter.

All images were shot in DNG , edited in Lightroom 4 and then in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Both come standard with the camera.

One warning when you use the silver efex pro software. The default sharpness of the leica M Monochrom is so high that you should turn off the "detail structure" option in the silver efex pro software. For my own OMD camera i can set it to 40% and i still have a normal sharp image when zoomed in to 100%. For the Monochrom you can use max 10% !

I love the very deep blacks and dynamic range which you get with the Monochrom. The sharpness is amazing.
See the large collection of images on:

enjoy the images


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