Category Archives: Leica M2

Leica M2-R (Test Images).

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:

  1. Shutter speed accuracy (in various types of light)
  2. Rangefinder precision (in near, mid, and far distances)

Technical:

  • 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.

—Peter.

(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.

Leica M2-R.

A warm body for those cold winter months.

—Peter.

 

Leica M2 and 35mm Summaron f/2.8.

Almost acquired this set.

But, I ended up with this one.

—Peter.

Baseball, revisited.

A suspended moment.

Baseball, revisited

↑Leica M2 or M3, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 35mm Summilux FLE @ f/2.

That next step.

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Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.

The Madonna.

Outer glow ← inner glow, as captured on film.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.

She, then and now (film).

A few years ago, I realized I had never captured her on film.

It was important to me for some reason.

So I started shooting film again.

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2009:

↑Leica M3, Fuji X-tra 400, and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

2010:

↑Leica MP, Ilford HP5 Plus 400, and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

2011:

↑ Leica M2, Ilford HP5 Plus 400, and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

2012:

↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.

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I look at these images now, and follow the path of light:

originating from the late afternoon sun,

filtering through the window,

touching her face before reflecting off,

traversing the distance between us,

bending in the glass elements of a lens,

and finally etching her image onto an organic emulsion.

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The film, like the viewer, is forever altered.

And it all happens in a fraction of a second — just like growing up.

—Peter.

The baker washes up (1 & 2).

With the muffins safely baking in the oven, the clean-up begins.

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↑Both images: Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.

The conversation.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.

Untitled.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4

This photo was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot.

Glow.

The alchemy of innocence, silver halide, and gentle light.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

Reflection(s).

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4

Canadian Geese (film).

Michael Snow’s sculptures, inside the Eaton Centre, Toronto.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4

Self-portrait (film).

This self-portrait represents my second lapse in judgment.

As an aside, I was experimenting here with achieving focus with the 75 ‘lux @ f/1.4 mounted on the M2.  Ultimately, it’s no different than on the M9… you need to be equally careful in both situations, but it’s definitely doable.  Focus here was on my eye.

This was the first frame of a 36 roll of Tri-X.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

Man and metro (Film).

I thought this would be most appropriate for a Monday morning post, but it was pushed aside with all of the announcements yesterday.

Tuesday morning will do nicely however :).

As an aside, I really like the little iPhone Pocket Light Meter app – I’ve been using it for just over a year with my M2 for situations like this, where the lighting is tricky, and it’s done very well.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4

Why I love film (Honey).

I have been trying to photographically capture the essence of Honey, since she entered our lives in December.  The closest I’ve come with my M9 (digital camera) is with this shot, taken 3 months ago.

The image below represents my latest attempt.

Now,

…it may be because this time I was using a more than 50 yr old camera with no back LCD screen, no meter, no battery, not even an on/off switch…

…it may be because I then fumbled with the film in a changing bag, trying to blindly load it into a spool…

… it may be because it was then lovingly bathed in a series of mystery chemicals and finally in distilled water, before being hung in my basement-turned-sauna as the hot water ran in the sink, generating steam to get rid of dust in the air…

…it may be because I then delicately handled each strip and spent minutes scanning each frame into my computer…

…it may be because all of these things make me better appreciate the act of image creation

…but…

…I believe this image has come close to capturing Honey’s soul.

If you don’t see it, that’s OK.  I can’t explain it.

But if you do see it, then you know:

that’s why I love film.

—Peter.

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↑Leica M2, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

Caution.

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↑Leica M2 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

Walk softly.

And carry a big stick.

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↑Leica M2 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.