Saigon, Vietnam with Leica SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6 Lens (Ho Chi Minh City)
Located in the southeast Vietnam, this city surrounds the Saigon River. Ho Chi Minh City has gone by several different names during its history, from Prey Nokor by the Khemer Empire, 嘉定 under the Vietnamese and the French, Saigon by the French, Finally Ho Chi Minh City after the fall of Saigon.
Currently Saigon is still commonly use in defining district 1 and the adjacent areas, where as Ho Chi Minh City is the whole city itself.
The truth is, war was never a fascination to me. I never visited any war museum during my time in Ho Chi Minh City. I never believe that war can be stopped by showing the world how tragic it can be. I captured the city as it present itself to me. I wanted to explore the city. The walk was the journey itself. A simple walk from point a to b. The streets, the morning wet markets, people dozing off early morning on the pavement and of course the rooster on the motorcycle.
These series of photographs was taken while I was walking from Tan Son Nhat airport to district 1. Armed with Leica SL and a 28mm summaron, the fast and unobstructive shooting style is just perfect in the street of Saigon.
The summaron is a new lens and an old lens, flawed and yet perfect. It is this balance that makes it gorgeous. I found the lens particular mesmerizing when I am shooting against light.
The Summaron-M was produced from 1955 to 1963. The new Summaron-M is lucky to have the same optical properties, without losing any of the character of its legendary ancestor.
With extreme depth of field, natural contrast, excellent rendition of details and visible vignetting, the lens gives images a very unique character. Pictures made with the Summaron-M stand out from the others with a look of analogue photography.
The Summaron-M is perfect for street photography. The lens allows particularly precise pre-focusing. The enormous depth of field makes it ideal for taking advantage of hyperfocal focusing and shooting.