Photo of The Day: More Film Shot With a Leica M3:
I hope everyone has been doing well. Here is another shot I actually took when I was a lot younger…in high school actually . I always liked this photo, and I thought I might as well scan it. In fact, I’ve been scanning a lot of my older photos into my computer just for the heck of it. It’s been really fun…I’ve been going scanning crazy lately . I plan on processing my next roll of Kodak Ektar this week so stay tuned for that. This photo was taken with a Leica M3, 50 Summicron and Fujicolor Superia 800.
I’ve been having a blast shooting film! It’s weird because when I went digital, I thought that I would never look back. But film has proved to be both rewarding and very challenging. I am definitely more aware of what I’m shooting because I only have 36 exposures per roll lol. Man, I can’t believe I even shot with medium format back in the day, which only has 12 to 10 exposures per roll. I still want to improve on scanning the film but I guess that just takes practice, little experimentation, and a bit of patience.
I plan on taking my Leica M3 out again soon. I still think it’s absolutely the best Leica out there, and if you’re a 50mm guy, it’s probably the best M for you since it has a 0.91x magnification. It’s just a bit harder to use now because my hand held meter died from years of storage, and my guessing isn’t as good as it use to be since I’ve been relying on modern technology to do the work for me. Well, I hope everyone had a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
Leica 50 Summilux ASPH Not Focusing…Back to my 50 Summicron:
Yes, my 50 Summilux ASPH…my favorite lens is not focusing correctly at F1.4. I must admit that I am not happy about this at all. When this lens is working properly, it is simply amazing! Now it’s a bit frustrating. I brought it in for calibration with my Leica M9 in May, and it still is not sharp when shot wide open. Why don’t I just stop it down a bit? That’s what one of my friends has asked me. Well, if that was the case, I should’ve just saved myself $4,000, and stick with my 50 Summicron. I bought the 50 Summilux ASPH so I can use the F1.4. I never had a problem with this lens until I brought my M9 in for a sensor replacement because my original sensor cracked. Leica NJ did a great job replacing my sensor in a very timely manner (and under warranty) but maybe something is off…IDK. [click to continue…]
Video About The New Leica 50 APO-Summicron ASPH:
I saw this cool video on the Leica Blog about photographer Pedro Ferreira and the Leica 50 APO-Summicron ASPH. He uses his M9 in the studio, and I think that’s kind of cool. I’ve been wanting to try out the studio setting with my M9 for quite some time.
I also have a confession to make: I kind of want the new 50 APO-Summicron ASPH . I want to see how Leica can possibly improve on the already perfect 50 Summicron. Seriously, even when I bought my 50 Summilux ASPH, I refused to sell my 50 Summicron (you can check out my review of the 50 Summicron). The 50 cron is really one of the greatest lenses out there. I have an extremely high respect for it, especially since the 50 cron was the only lens I had when I was younger. If Leica did improve on the older version (and I’m sure that they did), the APO-Summicron must be mind blowing. But, if I was going to spend $7200 on a 50mm, I’d probably buy a used 50 Noctilux F1.0 or save a little to purchase the 50 Noctilux F0.95 instead of buying the new 50 APO-Summicron ASPH. The Noctilux F0.95 can produce photos that are simply out of this world.
A Few More Photographs With The 50 Summicron:
This is a very quick post. I took some photos for my 50 Summicron review, and these are the left overs. After I finished my 50 Summicron review, I got back to playing with the cron again. The 50 cron has been collecting dust since I bought my 50 Summilux ASPH but I think I’m kind of missing it a little after my review write up . I also got to play with my film Leicas for a bit, and now I’m missing those as well, particularly my Leica M3, so maybe I will start shooting film again. I still have some Ektar, and would love to give that a go. But that’s another story, so on with the photos. [click to continue…]
The Leica 50 Summicron Lens Review:
The 50mm lens is my favorite focal length for the Leica M system, and one of the biggest reasons for this is because of my relationship with the 50 Summicron. When I received my first camera (a Leica M3), this was my first lens (borrowed from my dad), and it was my only lens for many years to come. There was no way that I could afford another Leica lens while in high school, so I made do with only a 50mm. When I went to college, I finally saved up enough money to buy a Leica M6 TTL. My lens of choice? Again, it was the 50 Summicron. At the time, since I bought my M6 new, this was the only lens that I could afford other than the 50 Elmar. Combine the price with the image quality that the 50 Summicron has to offer, and it’s pretty much a no brainer. [click to continue…]