On the Trail, Redux

August 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/8

Many Leica shooters primarily use their Ms for street, documentary and portrait work, I was also interested in testing the M240 as a landscape camera.  During my time with the M240, I made several trips on the Bruce Trail, including a hike along the crevice-filled section that I had photographed a couple of weeks earlier.  I shot a mix of digital and film, and the M240's high ISO capabilities proved to be quite useful.  With minimal noise reduction, ISO 1600 files can be made to look clean, and as the first photo in this post shows, the camera's dynamic range is also rather impressive, especially with some minor processing.

A few of these photos are similar to photos that I took on my previous visit.  I was interested in replicating the photos to compare the dynamic range of the M240 and my Canon 5D, and to see what differences would be revealed in the way I compose my photos with an SLR compared to a rangefinder.  The M240 also has a 24MP sensor compared to my 5D's 13MP, so I wanted to take advantage of the M240s extra resolution for future printing purposes.  In almost every case, I prefer the photos I made with the M240.  These photos show greater initial dynamic range (and all of these photos have had contrast boosts), and more detail at comparable apertures.  I also repeated a few of these photos on film, so perhaps I'll make a comparison post when I get the film developed.

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/90 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/90 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/2.8

caption" Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/11

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/90 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/90 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/90 @ f/2

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/45 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/90 @ f/8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/250 @ f/1.4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/45 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/125 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/60 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/45 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/90 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/90 @ f/8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/90 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/2

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/1.4


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