There’s actually an entire collection of film photos taken in and around the 25th Ave downtown in San Mateo that just happened to accumulate in my library. We used to visit that eclectic street quite a lot, for our optometrist, Chinese food, and the post office. Just by chance, I always ended up with some free time to stroll around and take photos.

A few months ago I got my hands on the Speed Panchro II replica lens by Light Lens Lab, one of the few Chinese companies that are creating new lenses rather than just cheaper Leica clones. I learned about the original Cooke series lens used for cinema, and immediately fell in love with its imperfect but dramatic rendering. So imagine my excitement when I heard that this same lens rendering is being recreated on a 35mm lens.

Here are some of the photos taken with the Light Lens Lab 50mm f/2 “Speed Panchro II” on an M10-P. Most are captured on the 25th Ave downtown, and some are from Mountain View downtown.