RANGEFINDER+HELICOID+CLOSEUP FILTER=FTW?

PROLOGUE

I decide to go on harder way with Voigtländer Nokton 35mm F1.4 MC(Nokton 35F14).


I also want to express “argh”-feeling about handcrafted leather camera strap by american guy’s shop via Etsy which I received as percel shipped from china.
No offence and Zero criticism about “Made in China” but it’s sorta unfairness.. Anyway, off topic.

WHY USING CLASSIC RANGEFINDER LENS?

There are some reasons why I prefered this lense to SEL50F18 or upcoming SEL24F18.

Awesome Look: pretty important as street photographer(?)
Damn bright: Good for night shoot
“Macro” photography possible with helicoid adapter.

Well, Nokton 35F14 fills all three factor above.
But in real situation I really missed more capability for macro.
So I decided to write something about that.

MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE

Nokton 35F14 is classic rangefinder lense with 0.7m minimum focus distance.
In real life this 0.7m was pretty frustrating to shoot.. I dunno cakes on the table or small lego or whatever smaller than paperback books.
Therefore I purchased Leica-M to NEX-E monunt adapter with helicoid function.
With using this you can shoot closer, it feels actually like.. around 0.25m maybe?
0.25cm minimum focus distance is less surprising if you compare this with another E-mount lenses like following:

Model name: E 16mm F2.8
Minimum focus distance: 0.24m

Model name: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Minimum focus distance: 0.25m

Model name: E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Minimum focus distance: 0.3-0.5m

But reaching 0.25m minimum focus distance is for Nokton incredible!!
Additionaly you can attach normal Closeup-lense as filter, then you get around 5cm of minimum focus distance.

That makes Nokton pretty much allrounder lens of everyday life!

EXAMPLES

Here’s some examples to demonstrate how close you can set your focus to your targeting object.
Of course all photos are NOT cropped.


Nokton 35F14 / Helicoid turned Off
Approx focus distance:0.7m


Nokton 35F14 / Helicoid turned on
Approx focus distance:0.25m


Nokton 35F14 / Closeup lens attached, Helicoid turned off
Approx focus distance:8-10cm!


Nokton 35F14 / Closeup lens attached, Helicoid turned on
Approx focus distance:3-5cm!!



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