Leica M2 + Rye Beach on Film

Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I've only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here

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Manhattan on Film

Last month I headed off to New York City to attend the PhotoPlus Expo and play with the new Zeiss 35mm as well as the new Leica M-A film and Edition 60 digital cameras. While I wasn't at the conference, I was out walking the city trying to capture the vibes on film with one of my best friends, Dori. We ended up doing just one afternoon at the Expo, visiting with Ben, Richard and Nicole from Carl Zeiss Lenses as well as Christopher from Leica.  We spent some time walking to all the booths on the vendor floor, watching some demonstrations and playing with what gear we could play with. Favorites for me were the Zeiss 1.4/35 Distagon and the Leica M-A - though that Leica Edition 60 was awfully nice to shoot.

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Leica: Buying Vintage Film Cameras

I decided I needed to document my thought process on buying vintage cameras, specifically along the Leica lines. Regular readers know I go through a lot of cameras, trying them out to see if they are for me, then selling them off if they are not. In the past, I have purchased the 1950 Rolleiflex, 1959 Hasselblad 500c, 2012 Carl Zeiss Ikon, 1958 Leica M2 and I am currently waiting on a 1961 Leica M3 being refurbished and CLA'd by Youxin Ye. (Not to mention the piles of vintage glass I have bought and sold over the years.)

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It's Witchcraft: Expired Film

Recently, I took a handful of rolls of Kodak Portra NC (expired) to Salem, MA to see how it would do. I never (purposely) tried expired film before, but sadly this is the only way you can get Portra NC (arguably the best color film ever put out for colors and low contrast that I love) these days. I got my half dozen rolls of 400 and 160 out on the 'bay, so with no guess on how these were stored I didn't get my hopes too high. Salem is a gorgeous coastal town in Massachusetts - just north of Boston. It's full of history - most notably the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, its beautiful maritime history and home to Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's bursting at the seams with classic New England buildings and homes (like the gorgeous grounds of the 1668 House of Seven Gables - do the tour at least once) that just beg to be photographed. I knew this would be the ideal location to test drive a couple rolls of my newly acquired NC film.

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