Author Archives: Peter | Prosophos

Reflection.

Test shot #3 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

—Peter.

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

Grace.

Test shot #5 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

—Peter.

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

Real.

Test shot #1 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

I think the shutter speeds are off as most of the images in this first roll of film appear underexposed. Yet some look fine, so I’m at a loss.

I’m using Kodak Portra 800 here, which is more grainy than Portra 400, but I have a nagging feeling…

Anyway, I’ll take a grainy film image like this over the most polished digital equivalent any day.

Something more real about it.

—Peter.

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

The Brick Wall Portrait.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

The Interaction.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Leica 75mm Noctilux 75mm f/1.25 ASPH.

Coming soon.

But I won’t buy one.

—Peter.

Boy, revisited.

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, 110/2.8 , Kodak Portra 400.

1957 Leica M3.

The 1957 Leica M3 blends the best features from early and late Leica M3 cameras:

  • Double stroke film advance lever with shorter arm (allows you to advance the film and simultaneously hold the camera with one hand).
  • Silent return on the film advance (later models produce a ratcheting sound when returning).
  • Modern shutter speeds (earlier models have the older speeds: 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200…).
  • “Buddha” (aka “Rabbit Ear”) lugs riveted (not screwed) to camera — no loosening or spinning of lugs.
  • Film back door protrusions/pins to prevent door from flapping open when changing film (only available in cameras with serial numbers 854000-858000).
  • Double glass eyepiece with inner seal (later models have single glass with no seal).

It’s now 60 years old and still working like new.

(for more information see here)

—Peter.

The Window Portrait avec la balle de tennis.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 21mm Super-Elmar ASPH.

Sony A9.

↑Image courtesy of Sony Canada.

How many of you found reading the spec sheet of this new camera amazing and sad?

It’s a weird feeling.

—Peter.

Easter Bunny 1, 2, 3.

↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 90mm Summicron APO.

The Photographer I, II, III.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Worst Easter Ever.

↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 90mm Summicron APO.

Swing into Spring.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Tired (Dreamy).

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Brushing.

1/15 sec

Leica M3, 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

Yellow, Revisited.

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, 110/2.8 , Kodak Portra 400.

Firefighters.

Mamiya 7II + 80mm + Kodak Porta 400.