the big paris street shootout part II

Earlier, I wrote about a street-photography weekend in Paris. I’d like to share my photos, taken on day two, here.

Again, I was amazed by the quality of the light from low the morning sun over Paris. A perfect situation to get out the old Canon RF 50/1.8 LTM. It’s a very old lens, built between 1961 and 1970. It’s non-aspheric and flares beautifully, if handled properly (read; the more it is abused, the better this lens feels). It’s also very soft, doesn’t produce sharp or contrasty images, but it gives a wonderful old look. It’s the type 7, which is described at Peter Kitchingman’s blog.

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the big paris street shootout part I

In january 2012, two friends and I travelled to Paris. The city is great, the light is great and the people are great; a nice opportunity to do some street photography. So, I packed my stuff, we left at 2AM, arrived at 9AM and where on our way around 10AM.

Following is a selection of the photos I took on the first day. These are shot with a Leica M8 with a Leica 35/1.4 mounted. I still miss the full 35 frame, since the M8 has a crop factor to deal with, but the lens is great. In most cases I preset the aperture at f/5.6 with a focal plane between 1.2 and 3 meters, so, if I encountered something good, there was no need to focus and miss the action.

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