Leica M9 at Christopher Lee & Fann Wong’s Wedding

by on Oct.09, 2009, under livestudios, photography

It’s the wedding of the decade with Mediacorp’s biggest celebrity couple’s wedding and I had the honour of being their official photographer with 2 of my LiveStudios colleagues Mike Hoi & Tata Tjahjadi.

I also had the pleasure of having the brand new Leica M9, Noctilux-M 50mm F0.95 and the Summicron-M 28mm F2.0 worth a total of S$30k to ‘test’ during their wedding.

I only had 1 day before the wedding to familiarise myself with the Leica digital rangefinder and the extremely thin focus of the F0.95 lens.

Started with the easier to handle 28mm.

Then I switched to the Noctilux 50mm which costs S$16k on it’s own.

Noticed the beautiful morning light from the window and got Fann to sit near it. Focus was really thin at F0.95. I could close the aperture down to F2.0 and get the necklace more in focus, but my Nikon 85mm F1.4 lens would have been able to easily do that at 10% of that price and would not achieve the beautiful bokeh (background blurring) that this image gives. At the minimum focus distance of 1 meter, the depth of focus is just a few millimeters.

If you move furthur away, focus becomes much easier.

F0.95 is too thin for fast moving events and would require the subject to remain at a certain distance for a while. Takes me about 4-5 seconds to get focused manually vs a split second on my normal camera. For the tea ceremony, I switched back to the 28mm and tested against a backlit window.

For more wedding photos of Christopher Lee (Li Mingshun) & Fann Wong (Fan Wenfang), head to http://bit.ly/christopher_fann

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