I felt my heartbeat going up when I opened the development tank. Oh the anticipation!
Then I had the film in my hands, my very first Leica shots ever. I held the piece of film up against the grey sky outside and had a look.
Every negative was well exposed albeit a few were a tad overexposed. I guess I did not meter well.
No apparent light leaks. Film advancement is flawless.
The image made with the studio flash was also perfectly exposed. X-Sync is 1/100th at f8.
I rinsed the film with demineralised water, then the final rinse where I added a few drops of wetting agent. Then I hung the film to dry in the bathroom.
I watched two episodes of Pretty Little Liars (Season 2), talked over the phone with Sweetheart and at 10:30 PM I turned in and slept well.
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It is eight in the morning and raining.
I’m enjoying a cup of coffee with cream.
My Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 is buzzing cheerfully. Then the first image appears on my screen. I use Silverfast SE 8 Plus for scanning.
They are merely test shots, no jaw dropping and award winning photographs.
Wow, I like what I see. The images are very sharp, even wide open at f2. Bokeh is very pleasing. Cannot wait to make a few portraits of Sweetheart or Little A.
Contrast is also very present.
Lots of dust though, way more than I am used to have. For this post I am not going to bother removing it though.
I am very happy with this camera and extremely thankful to my colleague for her kindness.
I loaded a new roll of film in the camera and taped the beginning to the film-taking spool. I’ll try and come up with a more professional solution later on.
This camera is really heavy, feels solid and looks like it is build to last forever.
I’m taking the camera for a walk after finishing this post. Well, I hope so as clouds are moving in again and light fades. It is going to be a rainy day.
PS I am not going for a walk. The rain is pouring down for the moment. Maybe I’ll watch another Pretty Little Liars episode in stead.