Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4

I spent Sunday with my friend and follow photographer David shooting film in and around Yanaka.   In the evening we stopped for dinner and I was mentioning that I was looking to sell my Nikon gear.   David mentioned that he had a few Leica lenses that he never uses and through the conversation we decided to trade.  I am not sure who got the better deal but we are both extremely happy so it’s a win win.

One of the lenses I got was the legendary Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4.   I have to say it was love at first shot…

The Leitz Summilux 90mm f/1.4

The colors in this lens are absolutely amazing…I haven’t shot with a ‘long’ lens in a while so it is nice to get some reach.

Yes! We're Open


Japanese License Plate

Me in the mirror

Me in the mirror

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Starbucks Tokyo

The bokeh on this lens is very clean and smooth.


Tokyo Sunset…

One thing I read about this lens is how easily it can flare.   I got a bit of flare shooting this sunset.   I am going to look for ways to flare the lens and see what I can create.

Tokyo, Japan

Cool clouds over Tokyo…

Cool clouds over Tokyo

I tried a few of my $10 Head Shots for Charity with my new lens.    This lens is very flattering for portraits and the color rendering is really amazing…

$10 Headshots for Charity

$10 Headshots for Charity

On the Tokyo Subway

On the Tokyo Subway

On the Tokyo Subway

Hold On!


It is nice to be able to get a little distance from my subjects from time to time…

Jiyugaoka Station

Jiyugaoka Station

I captured this one on my way home on this rainy Tokyo night… like I said I love the colors this lens produces.

A rainy wet night in Tokyo

Wait until you see what else I got in the trade…  Thanks for stopping by today!


  • jon Blauner

    NICE ! My fav is the guy with his hands folded with the train zooming by.

  • http://Www.runacres.com David Runacres

    Dave – glad you like it. You have taken more photos now than when I did when I owned it. It is simply too long for me on the M8. I hope the 90mm grows on you. Up for the next challenge as we discussed. Cheers

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    The 90mm is going to be great too. I like to spend a bit of time with one lens before I start on the next.

  • Masa

    75mm! What a new world it is !

  • http://yokosukamike.blogspot.jp/ Mike

    Dave, I’m guessing you shot these images with your digital camera. Or, are these on film?

  • Jim Donahue

    As I have been following you for some time I am always admired your train station shots. Do they allow people to just hang out in Train stations in Tokyo or do you have to keep moving. And is this post film or digital.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Mike These are digital. The colors are pretty amazing for digital I think.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    These are digital Jim. You can get away with hanging out in train stations in Tokyo. No one really seems to mind.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    A brand new world Masa…

  • http://obliqueexposure.wordpress.com/ Carlos Ferreira

    Such great colours! That’s definitely a lens that fits your shooting style, Dave.

  • http://www.benbeechphoto.com Ben Beech

    Beautiful. My favourite two shots are the last two. Looks like you both got yourselves a good deal!

  • McCoy

    Such a lovely lens!!! I love this set of photo so much…
    I hope I would have this lens in the future…..
    Good Job Dave!

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  • http://www.elariophotography.com Joe Elario

    nice work man !

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks Joe.

  • David

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love the one with the clouds. How much editing if any did you do on these pics the colors are perfect.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks David. I didn’t do any editing on these. These are all right out of the camera with the exception of perhaps some vignetting or sharping on the headshots.

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