Category Archives: Within 200 feet of My House™

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.

Let sleeping dogs lie (Leica M10 high-ish ISO test shot).

She’s my most cooperative model, when she’s sleeping.

Technicalf/2 1/90  |  ISO 3200

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summicron APO.

Sideways.

Nikon D850 + Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E.

Blue.

Nikon D850 + Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E.

Edit.

I thought it would be interesting to post the same image with lens corrections (distortion and vignetting removed):

Nikon D850 + Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E.

(distortion and vignetting corrected)

The vignetting at f/1.4 is very noticeable (the distortion is rather minimal, so you won’t see much of a difference in that respect); whether to correct the vignetting or not is of course a matter of preference.

—Peter.

Peeking.

Nikon D850 + Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E.

House-Road Blues, 4.

The darkness on the left side is, ahem, part of my camera strap.  I could tell you that it was intentionally placed there, but then you’d know I was lying.

Unfortunately, there were no do-overs on this one… it was a candid moment.

—Peter.

Leica M3, Leica 50mm Summicron Dual Range, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Waiting.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Fuji Superia 1600.

Boy with Basketball.

His expression tells you everything you need to know.

—Peter.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Eyes.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Watching.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Peeking.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Testing… 1, 2… 35 ‘Cron.

Everything old is new again, again.

—Peter.

Leica M3, Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Love, 2.

↑ Nikon D850 + Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G.

Homework, revisited.

Leica M3, Leica 50mm Summicron Dual Range, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Cooling off.

f/1.4  |  1/500  |  ISO 800

—Peter.

↑ Nikon D850 + Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G.

The Portrait at the Gate.

Leica M3, Leica 50mm Summicron Dual Range, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

The Hat Portrait.

Leica M3, Leica 50mm Summicron Dual Range, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Homework.

Homework by the pale Mac light.

—Peter.

↑ Nikon D850 + Nikon 200mm f/2 G ED VR II.