Christmas Passed.

2020, 2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Portrait, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer Ultron 35mm f/1.7 Aspherical, Within 200 feet of My House™


“2021 meets 2020”

As you can tell, this image was taken in December.  That’s when I started shooting this roll of film — a roll of film I just couldn’t finish off no matter how hard I tried.  Call it a lack of motivation or just a copious serving of laziness.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure how it was all going to turn out because I chanced two things here:

  1. The development chemicals.  They were mixed in August.  That’s right, they’re six months old!  I’m sure that violates the code of conduct of the C-41 Developers Guild.  In any case, it’s an affront to decency.
  2. The lens.  It’s the Voigtländer 35/1.7 Ultron.  I hadn’t used it before, so this is the first (“test”) roll with it.

I usually like to minimize the presence of variables but this time I introduced two.

Fortunately, everything looks good.


Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 35mm Ultron f/1.7, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.

By way of comparison…

2021, Favourite, Fujifilm GFX 100S, Inspiration, Q&A, Teaching point

The dimensions of the newly-announced Fujifilm GFX 100S, as compared to the Nikon D850 (images courtesy of the comparison site  The Fuji of course is a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor, and the Nikon a DSLR with a smaller sensor.

Each has their pros and cons and this is an apples-to-oranges comparison, but I did it for my own purposes and thought I would share.


A few colourful observations.

2021, Inspiration, Q&A, Teaching point

As is well known by now, I loved the colours coming out of the M9/M9P/M-E (and M8) series of Leica cameras.

I disliked the colours from the M240 (note: I am being polite with my language).

I found the colours of the M10/M10P to be a significant improvement over the M240, but still short of the M9 and M8.

The colours coming out the new M10-R are a step down from the M10/M10-P.  Something weird is going on there.

Interestingly, I find the colours from the Leica SL line of cameras to be superior to their M counterparts, and also to the Nikon Z line of cameras I’ve previously owned.

I’m telling you this because I have nothing else to share, photographically speaking.  We’re in another Covid-19 lock-down and in my M2-R sits a roll of Portra 400 that I started a month ago.