Someone on a forum asked what the LH-3 lens hood accessory looks like on the 35mm NOKTON.
The stuff in the picture
People often ask me what the black thing is on the front of my Leica lenses. The answer is that it is a lens hood. Since you look parallax, and not through-the-lens, Rangefinder lens hoods have cutaways so that less of the viewfinder area is blocked during composition. While the 35mm NOKTON comes with a lens hood (petal style), I much prefer the retro look of the LH-3 accessory hood you can get.
The red sheen coming off the lens surface is not some exaggerated single-coating. It is the reflection at extreme angles caused by a B+W 486 IR cut filter. Since the M8 sensor is susceptible to IR, you need to put on this filter in order for the colors to be correct in-camera. Even though I usually shoot black&white, sometimes I like to recover color from the raw file. An interesting thing to note about this filter is that B&W sells this in four types:
- normal (it’s black)
- chrome (same as above but silver)
- thin (same as above but there is no room to screw in a front filter)
- ultrawide (basically it’s a much larger filter so that the outer screw is much larger. The reason is for ultrawide lenses might have some vignetting otherwise)
I got the chrome version so it matched my lens—a limited edition Cosina-Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 NOKTON.
Because the lens cap for the 35 is a cup type, I have to use the lens cap pirated from my 50mm f/1.8D Nikkor. I should get around to paying $8 for another when I’m near a camera store sometime.
You can now mouse over the image to see the pre-processed version. The big trick was to apply Topaz Simplify with a mask to hide the dust on the red filter (which becomes very noticeable in processing).