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135mm focal length images with Kodak Tri X

Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm

Back in focus

on the go with 135mm focal length and Kodak Tri X

In recent years, wide-angle photography has also become increasingly popular due to smartphone photography. You want to get everything on the picture as possible from a short distance. It is worth looking for a section again. During one of our visits to Stensjö By we only used the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm and took photos on Kodak Tri X.

Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm

Closer. In the middle.

Our telephoto vision with 135mm focal length

The 135mm focal length in the 35mm / full format segment was one of the first large telephoto lenses of this size. Especially with rangefinder cameras you could just use the 135mm focal length and recognize and focus on the subject in the viewfinder. For example, the 135mm focal length is one of the classic focal lengths, which is now more of a shadowy existence.

I have loved this focal length for many years because it takes me into the action while I would rather stay out of it with a wide angle lens.

135mm – to the point

underestimated or loved

Especially photographers with rangefinder cameras prefer small lenses. A 135mm focal length is quite out of the ordinary. But: With this focal length I get a completely different view and my pictures a very own statement. Distances are compressed, details highlighted and isolated from the background.

Whether landscape, architecture or portrait, with the 135mm focal length I will approach my motif in a completely different way.

Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm
Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm

Down to earth and unobtrusive

At eye level. Respectful. Free

With a focal length of 135 mm, for example, I get animals in my picture that would take flight if the distance was shorter. Due to a narrower cutout, the image appears much calmer than with the numerous details of a 28mm lens. It is similar to natural seeing: I focus on a point within my field of vision that is essential for me. I hide everything else at this moment. With a 135mm lens, I make this my focus visible.

Straight lines

Undistorted. Dreamy.

We know it too well. The closer we are to an object, e.g. approaching a church, the more we have to move our heads to see it as a whole. We now take the same stance in photography. And inevitably have falling lines.

If I walk at a distance, I can keep the lens straight and achieve a clean line. Of course there are elements in the picture that cover part of the object of desire. But unlike a shot with a wide-angle lens, these elements frame the main subject. It is even blurred with a wonderful bokeh

Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm

"Perhaps we should look over the shoulder of the painters who are looking for a section and create a small work of art from it."

Stensjö By Smaland, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 135mm

Just do it

Use the viewfinder as a viewfinder

It’s pretty convenient to use a wide angle lens. Everything comes into the picture without having a lot of luggage. But I can only recommend using the viewfinder as a viewfinder again. Search for clippings that are worth depicting. Promised: pictures will be created, the impact of which was not thought possible. So maybe just be brave, use a telephoto lens with a 135mm focal length and discover your surroundings in a completely new way.

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