Leica M2, Voigtlander Color Skopar & Ilford Delta: A Good Job!

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Okay, it was a bit of time that I don’t propose one of my “mixed salads”, in which I put too many ingredients … and therefore, risk bad results. Yeah, because when there are too many elements (with whom you have little or no  experience) in the game, it becomes difficult to avoid mistakes. However, this time, I am definitely satisfied: everything went well, and each element has worked to perfection, leading to impressive results … as of course, you can judge by yourself looking at pictures.


First things first: I own (as you already know) since last month a (still to test) Leica M2, with three lenses (one is a loan …). That one (Summitar 50mm f/2), tested here, has a Ltm Mount and I had to buy a Fotodiox adapter to use it on M2. I tested it in this roll in a couple of shots and there were no problems. The  50mm frame in the viewfinder is automatically selected as a native M mount and rangefinder coupled without flaws. But the real subject of this test (in addition to verifying the mechanical operation of M2), was the  35mm f/2.5 Voigtlander Color Skopar lens. In principle I am opposed to using non Leitz lenses with a Leica, but for now, I have to make a virtue of necessity … and adapt myself to my tight budget; waiting to be able to afford the legendary Summicron 35 f/2. On the other hand, the Skopar enjoys a good reputation, is in excellent condition (practically Mint and with his hood) and I got it at a good price. Last but not least … I decided to use, for the first time, the Ilford Delta 100 Professional film, developed it in Adox Fx39. Is it enough for my…. Caesar’s Salad? 😀

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The results? May I get by with just “all right”? A fantastic camera, excellent lens (will not be the King of Bokeh, but does its job very well, has good contrast and sharpness, almost without distortions or vignetting ), a well-developed film, easy to scan and with a truly remarkable performance …. what else? Better to let the pictures (I’m posting more than usual…) speak by themselves … as always!

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Rather, I wanted to dedicate a small tribute to Chiara Samugheo: one of the most important Italian photographers, with a few clicks about the exhibition carefully realized at the Museum of Albano Laziale (Roma). If you go over there, really worth a visit! (Until April 8th 2016)

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(Versione Italiana)

Va bene, era un po’ di tempo che non proponevo una delle mie “insalate miste”, nelle quali metto fin troppi… ingredienti e che quindi, rischiano pessimi risultati. Già, perché quando ci sono troppi elementi (con i quali si ha poca o nulla esperienza specifica) in gioco, diventa difficile evitare imprevisti o errori. Però, questa volta, posso dichiararmi soddisfatto: è andato tutto bene, ed ogni elemento ha funzionato alla perfezione, dando luogo a risultati davvero niente male… come ovviamente, potrete constatare voi stessi guardando le immagini.

Andiamo per ordine: possiedo (come già saprete) da poco una Leica M2, accompagnata da 3 lenti (una in… prestito). Quest’ultima (Summitar 50mm f/2), provata qui, ha un attacco Ltm ed ho quindi dovuto prendere un apposito adattatore Fotodiox per poterla usare sulla M2. L’ho provata in questo rullo in un paio di scatti e non ci sono stati problemi. La cornicetta da 50mm si seleziona automaticamente, come su un M mount nativo ed il telemetro si accoppia senza indugi. Ma il vero soggetto di questa prova (oltre a verificare il funzionamento meccanico della M2), era l’obiettivo 35 mm f/2,5 Voigtlander Color Skopar. In linea di principio sono contrario ad usare lenti non Leitz con una Leica ma, per ora, devo fare di necessità virtù… ed adeguarmi al ristretto budget a mia disposizione; in attesa di potermi permettere il leggendario Summicron 35 f/2. D’altro canto, lo Skopar gode di una buona fama, è in ottime condizioni (praticamente Mint e con il suo paraluce) e l’ho ottenuto ad un buon prezzo. Last but not least… ho deciso di usare, per la prima volta, la pellicola Ilford Delta 100 Professional. Come sviluppo, ho usato l’Adox Fx39. Beh, ce n’è abbastanza per una Caesar’s Salad? 😀

I risultati? Posso cavarmela con un “Tutto bene”? Una fotocamera fantastica, un’ottima lente (non sarà il “re del bokeh”, ma fa benissimo il suo lavoro, con buon contrasto e nitidezza, senza distorsioni e quasi inesistente vignettatura) ed una pellicola ben sviluppata, facilmente scansionabile eduna resa davvero notevole…. che altro dire? Meglio far parlare le immagini… come sempre! Per questo, stavolta ne posto un po’ di più… 😉

Piuttosto, ho voluto dedicare un piccolo omaggio a Chiara Samugheo: una delle più importanti fotografe italiane, con alcuni scatti sulla mostra allestita con cura presso il museo di Albano Laziale (Roma). Se passate da quelle parti, vale davvero la pena visitarla (fino al 9 Aprile 2016).

Tech Data:

Camera: Leica M2 – Lens: Voigtlander Color Skopar 35 mm f/2,5 – Lightmeter: Voigtlander VC Meter – Film: Ilford Delta 100 Professional – Developer: Adox FX39 – Scanner: Epson V550

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4 thoughts on “Leica M2, Voigtlander Color Skopar & Ilford Delta: A Good Job!

  1. I would recommend to stay with the 2/35 Voigtländer – the 35 mm Summicrons are famous, but in reality not on par with the 50 mm Summicrons (which I highly recommend, no matter the version). At least in my opinion/experience. If your Voigtländer is fine, keep it!

    The biggest problem I had in the past with *modern* Voigtländer lenses is varying quality: I had *2* pieces of a 4/21 for Leica M, and both were not good (I still have the better one); but I do have a 0.95/25 for my Olympus MFT camera, and that one is of stunning quality in every regard …

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    1. Hi Christian, thanks for your hints. Of course opinions about the lenses are always welcomed. I don’t think I’ll leave the Color Skopar soon, but the pre-AsphSummicron 35 lenses should be fine too… 😉 Btw. I have Summicron R 50 mm and you can see some shots on this blog….

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