Yesterday, I posted some images of the Leica M2-R I was fortunate to acquire. The photos were taken with a Leica M10 and processed in Lightroom with relative ease.
In contrast, today I set upon the boring and arduous task of testing the M2-R without — of course — the immediate feedback of digital photography. As I subsequently stood in my basement processing the film, I must admit that I had second thoughts about whether all of the hassle was worth it. It’s especially frustrating when the effort of processing and scanning is undertaken only to find out that the camera is in some way defective.
Fortunately in this case, all is good.
And as I watched the images magically appear — first on the negative as it was unspooled following its final wash, and then in more detail on my monitor as the scanner did its thing — I realized for the 1000th time why I keep coming back to film: even mundane test shots look better on this antiquated “sensor”.
The following images are not meant to be interesting. However, they are useful to me. In them, I’m verifying:
- Shutter speed accuracy (in various types of light)
- Rangefinder precision (in near, mid, and far distances)
- Lens: Leica 50mm Summilux
- Aperture: f/1.4 (except the last image which, because of brightness, necessitated f/2).
- Shutter speed range: 1/60 – 1/1000 sec.
(focus is on the small word “Elect”, above the J)↓
(focus is on the number “50”)↓
(focus again is on the number “50”)↓
(focus is on the letter “G”)↓
(focus is on the poor sap )↓
(focus is on the faint word “KeepRite”)↓
(focus is on the round thermometer)↓
(focus is on the door of the house across the street)↓
↑ Leica M2-R + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.