When your family lives on the other side of the state, sometimes Christmas ends up being in January.

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Since I’ve owned a Leica I have only ever owned a 50. This made sense at the time – I had a M3 and the M3 and a 50 are like Oreos and a glass of milk…its just silly to have one without the other. As I have continued on this crazy journey I have found that the 50 is either not wide enough or not long enough for a lot of what I shoot. Mostly not wide enough. There would be situations where I just couldn’t take any more steps back to get what I wanted in the frame. So, I’m going to try out the 35mm focal length for a year and see what happens. I am having to re-train my brain that is for sure. Having only a 50, I had a pretty good idea of what was going to be in the frame when I put the viewfinder up to my eye. This obviously has all changed. A lot of my photos look like I am starting all over again, there were not as many keepers from these rolls. But, creatively I think I will get along with the 35mm focal length just fine. I like the increased depth of field for one, a 50 at 1.4 is pretty slim. And although 1.4 at 35mm still provides very shallow depth of field, its not quite as over the top. The classic Voigtlander 35/1.4 SC is no where near as sharp as the VM 50/1.5. The VM 50/1.5 is hellaciously sharp and was almost too clinical for me at times. The little 35 holds its own though, and honestly I’m guessing I won’t be able to tell the difference when printing. I wanted something with some character and the little 35 has that in spades – how can you not love that “glow” from the highlights.

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If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

Robert Capa

So, hope you enjoy and until next time…as always catch the rest of the set in the link below!

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