Leicas – Old and New

Leica 35mm

Time for some black and white film.

Leica 35mm

A mix of Glasgow, and Denver; Leica iiia with a Jupiter 3 f1.5 lens, and M6 with Voigtlander f2.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

The camera on the far left with the chrome is my Leica iiia. I love the way it looks, and pretty much everything about it. The one problem is that the focus window is beyond tiny. It’s difficult enough for somebody without glasses, but for me it’s practically impossible to use; a bit like looking through a glass pin head. For a long time I’ve been guessing the distance when focussing, but it’s just not practical any longer. It means you miss some potentially amazing pictures, like so:

Leica 35mm

The M6 already seems to have rectified this problem, so hopefully I’ll be able to take a lot better pictures, a lot more often. If anybody is interested in buying the Leica iiia, shoot me a message. I don’t think it’ll be getting much use in future, and would like to see it go to a good home.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

See how the focus point is on the glasses rather than the girls? Curse my gammy eyesight.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

The shots below were all taken with my new M6, and Gordon’s Voigtlander 50mm f2 lens.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

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The difference is immediately noticeable. I can’t wait to get back into film.

Leica 35mm

I’d completely forgotten that Neopan 1600 was discontinued though. It’s one of my all time favourite films. It gives me the fear.

Leica 35mm

…it also doesn’t help that I wasted an entire bulk reel of the stuff by accident when moving flat a few months ago because I didn’t realise that the tin container was actually full.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

I used to pride myself on the fact that I never really needed a light-meter, as I’d always just worked it out in my head. Shooting far less than before, those days are now a thing of the past. The fact that the M6 has one built in is awesome.

Leica 35mm

Leica 35mm

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Leica 35mm

Viva la film.

Leica 35mm

Oh, and if anybody has found a quicker way to scan film in the past few years (minus dust), I’m all ears.

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All shot on Fuji Neopan 1600

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