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Oct 06, 2019 15:51 |  #3586

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!


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Oct 07, 2019 08:55 |  #3587

Owain Shaw wrote in post #18939578 (external link)
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 |  #3588

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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 |  #3589

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 |  #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. 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 |  #3591

Owain Shaw wrote in post #18947442 (external link)
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 |  #3592

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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 |  #3593

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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 |  #3594

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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 |  #3595

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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