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Portraits & Light

 

Not long ago I picked up a Contax N1 (35mm) and a lovely Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar lens. The Contax N1 itself was easy to find, the 50mm lens was not. I had to scour the internet for weeks before I could snag one. I chose this combination because I wanted to "test drive" the Contax and Carl Zeiss lens combo without breaking the bank. I definitely have my eye on a Contax 645 and the 80mm prime, but until then, this will do nicely.

The pictures above are the first portraits I took with this camera/lens combo and I am incredibly pleased with the ease of use and the images. I love bright pictures and in order to achieve an airy, luminous feeling in the portraits, I shot wide open, with a shutter speed of 1/60. I set my ISO to half box speed (200), +1 exposure compensation, and metered for the shadows in the frame. To my benefit, the space I was in was filled with diffused light, allowing for smooth, even, and consistent results.

My fear with shooting wide open (f/1.4) and the prime lens is purple fringing. Since I was working with diffused light there was no fringing. Next time I'll do a test in harsher light conditions to study the extent of fringing from this 50mm. All in all, I couldn't be happier with this lens and super excited to start using it daily.

Model: Elizabeth Azar
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Accessories: Marc Jacobs, Madewell
Makeup: Elf
Film: Kodak Portra 400

 

 

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