Leica 24mm Lens: Digital vs Film

The top photo (of the below comparison) was made with the 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 mounted onto a Leica M8.2 digital camera producing the angle-of-view but not perspective of a 32mm lens. Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/11 and ISO 160.

leica.lensFor the bottom image, a similar exposure was made while I standing in the same spot but the lens was mounted on a Leica M6 TTL film camera that was shooting and old roll of Fujicolor Pro 160S color negative film (from my freezer.) When shot this way the lens produces the full 84-degree angle-of-view.

There are some differences in color tonalities but I tried to get them as close as possible in Photoshop so you could focus on the differences in angle-of-view. With the M8.2 you get a nice photo of the tractor but when shot with the M6 TTL you will also see part of the truck that the tractor is setting on as well as part of the event grounds in the background.

And if you’ve ever wondered about the whole “equivalency” thing, now you know the rest of the story.

light.bookBarry Staver and I are co-authors of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s out-of-print with new copies available from Amazon for $19.95 (non-Prime) or used copies for only $7 as I write this.

Author: Joe Farace

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