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Oct 07, 2019 08:55 |  #3586

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The lens seems to do fairly well, at least stopped down, based on the first roll through the camera. Colour and contrast look decent, especially for the price which was peanuts. I still need to work out my digitisation regime (probably buy a scanner) to be able to share things but I'm enjoying using the camera, and not having to use a computer to see the results - for now at least. Looking down and realising I have a Leica hanging on my shoulder hasn't worn off either.

Got another roll to process now - including pictures of a friend's kid playing with her new birthday toys, which was a test for my fledgling rangefinder focussing skills!

Yeah it takes some time to learn zone focusing and how to focus with a rangefinder but with a little practice and once you get it you will probably never go back to auto focus and yes there is something really enjoyable about shooting with a rangefinder and in my opinion Leica rangefinders are the best.




  
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Oct 09, 2019 14:28 |  #3587

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Yeah it takes some time to learn zone focusing and how to focus with a rangefinder but with a little practice and once you get it you will probably never go back to auto focus and yes there is something really enjoyable about shooting with a rangefinder and in my opinion Leica rangefinders are the best.

Getting focus on stuff that is moving is still tricky, especially shooting in some shade at f/2 meaning that I couldn't rely on depth of field helping me out much ... and it was an excited five-year-old. The challenge is part of the fun, though. I personally enjoy not having technology do everything for me. Looking forward to seeing how the pictures came out.


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Oct 20, 2019 06:45 |  #3588

Turns out I didn't do too badly on the focussing ... or on the exposure guessing, some of them came out really nicely. When I get some kind of digitisation regime up and running, this can be confirmed by other people.


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Oct 22, 2019 07:40 |  #3589

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Turns out I didn't do too badly on the focussing ... or on the exposure guessing, some of them came out really nicely. When I get some kind of digitisation regime up and running, this can be confirmed by other people.

CONGRATS!
Yeah it is a lot easier than trying to manually focus a DSLR. More reliable than auto focus.

Many of the greats never used meters.




  
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Oct 22, 2019 21:47 |  #3590

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Turns out I didn't do too badly on the focussing ... or on the exposure guessing, some of them came out really nicely.

The nice thing about all color negatives films (except Ektar) and most B&W films is that they can handle overexposure just fine. Portra 400 and Kodak Tri-x are super flexible with overexposure and if a lab is doing your scanning, they'll look perfectly normal even at 5 stops over.


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Oct 23, 2019 15:11 |  #3591

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CONGRATS!
Yeah it is a lot easier than trying to manually focus a DSLR. More reliable than auto focus.

Many of the greats never used meters.

If I really need one then I have a phone app, but I'm pretty happy with my guesswork so far, partly because of what Scott says.

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The nice thing about all color negatives films (except Ektar) and most B&W films is that they can handle overexposure just fine. Portra 400 and Kodak Tri-x are super flexible with overexposure and if a lab is doing your scanning, they'll look perfectly normal even at 5 stops over.

I'll probably pick up my own scanner fairly soon, less latitude perhaps but I hope I won't be shooting too many frames that are 5 stops out.

Either way I'm enjoying shooting with the camera, and probably getting out more than I would have otherwise so it's essentially paying for itself, right?


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Oct 23, 2019 15:30 |  #3592

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Either way I'm enjoying shooting with the camera, and probably getting out more than I would have otherwise so it's essentially paying for itself, right?

Exactly! All that really matters is that you're enjoying it.


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Oct 23, 2019 15:58 |  #3593

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Exactly! All that really matters is that you're enjoying it.

Indeed. And for now my digital cameras are staying at home, and I'm enjoying going out and making pictures with my M4.


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Dec 04, 2019 15:34 |  #3594

I've finally got a scanner and started digitising some of the past three months' film. This first one is from the birthday party I mentioned in earlier posts ... I have some of a similar scene but with the child in, and some others, but those are for her mother rather than the internet at large. We met up for coffee the other day and she said these were probably the first photos of her little girl not taken on a mobile phone, and some of the first to be printed. She really appreciated having them and I really enjoyed taking them with my own little piece of history, namely my M4.

The other photo is just a random shot from my first roll through the camera. Still happy with the pictures I get from the Jupiter 8, actually. I'm sure I'll upgrade eventually but it's working for me for now.


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Dec 12, 2019 09:33 |  #3595

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I've finally got a scanner and started digitising some of the past three months' film. This first one is from the birthday party I mentioned in earlier posts ... I have some of a similar scene but with the child in, and some others, but those are for her mother rather than the internet at large. We met up for coffee the other day and she said these were probably the first photos of her little girl not taken on a mobile phone, and some of the first to be printed. She really appreciated having them and I really enjoyed taking them with my own little piece of history, namely my M4.

The other photo is just a random shot from my first roll through the camera. Still happy with the pictures I get from the Jupiter 8, actually. I'm sure I'll upgrade eventually but it's working for me for now.
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I had all Leitz made 50 f2 from Summar to current Summicron formula. They won't do anything significantly better than black J8.
I also had Summarit 50 1.5. Jupiter-3 is better.
I took plenty of portraits just with J8 and really, Leica is not significantly better.

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Dec 21, 2019 11:25 |  #3596

Definitely happy enough with mine for the moment.

I've scanned through all my films since getting the camera now but still need to go through dust removal on about half of them. Now I've cleared the backlog I'm probably going to start using a more professional local lab for developing and scanning, there are actually two good ones taking orders from all around Europe in the city where I live.

A couple of pictures - one is of my Dad when he dropped me at the airport on my last flying visit; another from around the neighbourhood.

Flying back home in a few days, going to be using pushed Tri-X while in the UK because ... winter.


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Dec 22, 2019 16:33 |  #3597

Happy Holidays everyone.

This is a typical sight on balconies in Spanish villages. Taken on a recent trip to the South - Zuheros, Cordoba province, Andalucia.


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Dec 22, 2019 20:59 |  #3598

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A pretty foggy shop window.

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Jan 17, 2020 09:49 |  #3600

Just announced. New Leica M 10 Monochrom with a all new 40 mp sensor.
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