Dead hogweed in a frozen pool of water.
A close up of a broken off piece of wood. I shot this with my newly acquired Olympus Zuiko 50mm f3,5 and an Olympus 14mm extension tube.
Recently I bought two Olympus extension tubes and they came in their original, almost mint, packaging.
The Leicaflex SL is a keeper! Now I have to honor my promise to my colleague and I am happy to do so. Still awed by the incredible sharpness and contrast the Leica Summicron 50mm f2 gives me.
“Are you going to get lenses for your Leicaflex?”, Sweetheart asked me this morning.
“I bet it will be some kind of wide angle”, she continued.
Yeah, I have been looking for a 35mm or a 28mm since a few days but these lenses are hard to find and so very expensive.
Sweetheart left me speechless. How did she know? My love for wide angle is relatively new. On cropped sensors I favored a tele, but on full 35mm I kick on wide angle.
I am so very proud of Sweetheart as she understands and knows about my photography. Feels what I feel.
So, with a wink, Sweetheart, I’m sure you’ll love this. Trust me on this… it goes both ways.
Very close and at f2 the depth of field of the Leica Summicron 50mm is very shallow and the bokeh delicious.
My Leicaflex SL has 1235763 as serial number and I was curious if this would help me find out when this camera was assembled.
On Cameraquest.com I found following information :
A new batch of 10000 cameras was started on May 29, 1969. The first serial number of that batch was 1235001.
That day I was 10 years and two days old. The moon was still uncharted terrain but not for long anymore.
My father would be with us for another 3 years and two weeks. Then my life would change in a way I could not have imagined.
I did not see my colleague today so I was not able to tell her the camera was in good working order and if she wanted me to return it.
After dropping Sweetheart at her place I went for a walk.
I had the Leicaflex SL and the Summicron 50mm f2 with me.
The camera loaded with the remainder of the Ilford FP4 Plus.
I used a Gossen Sixtino 2 to measure the light.
Back home I developed the film and, when dried, scanned it.
I am still flabbergasted about the amount of dust, not used to it.
The Leicaflex SL works well and the Summicron is simply tack sharp. You measure the light, set aperture and speed and shoot.
The shots I made are simple. Just testing the contrast and sharpness of the lens. A camera is just a camera, a film simply a film. The final image is made by the lens.
I have photographed with 35mm Olympus, Nikon and Pentax but the contrast, the sharpness the Leicaflex gives me is something I cannot describe.
It simply is awesome.
The Leicaflex SL was given to me by someone who believed it did not work anymore. It still does though.
Today a Leicaflex SL in mint condition, mine is not mint but almost, and a perfect working Summicron goes for 600 – 800 Euro.
It is a gift that is hard to accept because of wrong assumptions buy the giver.
Tomorrow I’ll talk to my colleague and tell here the facts. I shot a whole film with the camera, there is a simple work around for the film advancement problem. If metering light is a problem, I’ll offer a Selenium based light meter. Hell, why not the Sixtino 2?
I should be honest about it.
Some will think of me as plain stupid.
That is okay with me. No hard feelings.
I on the other hand like to admire myself in a mirror. I like to think I am an awesome guy.
I think I should be honest to my colleague and explain her what she has given me.
If she still feels okay with the gift, I’ll be too.
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.
Another image from the badly exposed Ilford FP4 Plus roll. It ended by not being a big deal.
Oh yes, did I mention I really love the Bronica and its lenses?