Test shot #9 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

Along with my subject, I’m pensive too, because I’m sending this camera for a CLA (the shutter speeds are clearly off… this image was underexposed by two stops and I had to “push” it in LR — hence the heavy grain).

And so now I’m back to contemplating the Ship of Theseus because I wonder:

Will my M3 be the same camera when it returns?  Will it continue to give me the sort of images I’ve seen from this first roll of film?

I don’t know, of course.  But I’ll keep you posted.


Leica M3, 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4, and Kodak Portra 800.

4 thoughts on “Pensive.

  1. Nice shot, for several reasons. One, it’s a nice shot. 😉 Two, I am beginning to like the palette of this film. Three, it evokes a bit of ’90s nostalgia (this could have been a photo from a stock catalogue from the ’90s – which is a compliment, BTW, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about!).

    In a way, all living things are like Theseus’ ship. All of our cells are replaced at least a few times during our lives. 🙂 Those classical philosophers really knew how to think deeply, unlike many philosophers today who champion the most asinine, mediocre and meaningless ideas.

    • Oh my goodness, Karim, you have just helped me tremendously!

      You’re correct. My cells have indeed been replaced and yet I am exactly the same idiot I’ve always been.

      So, my M3 will remain my M3.

      Existential crisis averted.

      Well done.

  2. Aivaras says:

    Dont worry, camera will be the same, or even better. As for the film, I do have strange feeling for Portra 800 in 35mm format. It seems that portra 400 gives better performance compared to 800 when underexposed for one stop, and processed normally. And overall I find portra 400 more universal and forgiving stock. Film gurus tell me what advantages do you see in Portra 800 compared to 400?

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