Wide Lenses for Low Light

I have two lenses for my Voigtlander, the 35mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/2 as well. Obviously I am only using the former for this project but I’ve recently come to a realisation about them that I’d like to share – the 35mm is better once the light gets low.

Now this might seem obvious; its the faster lens. That isn’t the full story though. It is more than one stop better. It’s also better than a 50mm f/1.4 (which I own for another camera).

Why? Because the wider angle of view reduces the visibility of camera shake, allowing it to be hand-held at slower speeds.

Coupled with the natural stability of a rangefinder camera, this means that my shutter speeds are limited by subject motion, which is a wonderful liberation to have.

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