We bought a 1963 vintage collapsable 50mm f2.8 Elmar.
Here are some pictures from it.
The last roll of color negative shot with the M4-2 showed no problems
with the light leak. Weird.
Took a day off from work to visit Hawk
Hill to see the anual migration of hawks as they cross the Marine
Headlands just North of San Francisco and to try out my new (used) M6
body. Now I can shoot both color and black & white.
I'm getting some light leaks from my M4-2. Here is the worst example seen so far. This is the only time a frame
has been ruined in the 23 rolls I've shot so far. This particular roll
had two other problem frames, but they are lightly enough fogged that
the images are usable with a bit of work with photo shop. The problem
may be correlated with leaving the camera in the direct sun for a time
while changing lenses. Suggestions have been that the shutter curtain
is no longer light tight, or that light is getting around the baffles
or between the two curtains, perhaps caused by something (a piece of
film?) caught in the shutter. A careful inspection has not identified
where the problem occurs.
Initial impression of the Canon S800 printer
compared to our HP 970Cse.
One of the options available at the local Wolf Camera is to get Photo
CD scans with your film, essentially for free - that is buy one set of
prints and you don't have to pay for the Photo CD. I used to do this
on the Porche 912 web site that is
the companion to this site. However, now that we have the Canoscan
FS2710 we can update these images. Here is a
comparison of the results.
Here are the first test shots with
my new Summicron ASPH f2 35mm lens. This now rounds out the basic
Leica M compliment with 35 mm, 50 mm and 90 mm lenses.
I loaded the M4-2 with Delta 400 and went to the Monterey Historic
Races yesterday. The featured mark this year was Bentley. The
first shots were of the Bentley EXP Speed 8
which unexpectedly came in 3rd place at Le Mans this year. Wow! I am
so pleased with the tonal quality of this film.
It is time to start working on some black and white. The film
selected is Ilford Delta 400 and the developer is Kodak XTOL.
Here are the results which are interesting.
This first test suggests the optimum ASA should be 200 rather than the
rated ASA 500. I'll not try to explain this result, although we do
not know how accurate the shutter is on the old camera.
By downloading the latestversion of
ASPI 32] software, the CanoScan FS2710 now works correctly with
Photoshop on Windows 2000 Professional. I was using Win NT 4.0 for the
scanner because I could not get the CanoScan software to recognize the
Added a note on the use of a tripod, which is
useful even for the Point and Shoot digital cameras.
New toys! A used 90mm f2.8 Elmarit-M is on the way - mail order. Now
that's a scary thought.
I found a picture of my first Leica and
the Nikon S3 that replaced it.
I changed my Picture-A-Week for this week to one
that has some people on it. People seem to like pictures of people
more than things. As a result there is more discussion about them.
Started to play the game suggested by
Cassidy called Picture A Week.
Redid all the pictures for the Cambodian
portfolio, changing the process. The
thumb-nails are 130 pixels wide, down from 150 to make faster loading
at the expense of visibility. Also changed the formula on the tone to
get rid of a green cast that my first effort had.
Added some pictures of Cambodian refugees
taken in 1983. This is a first cut at a gallery series that has forced
some changes to the design of the site including elimination of the
navigation panel on the left of each page.
First picture posted: is it sharp?
First results back from processing. 2 rolls of Kodak Gold 100 taken at
the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. Impression: Camera works and
pictures are sharp. Exposure better than I expected. Working on
posting some examples.
We purchased M4-2 ($850) with f2 50mm Sumicron ($500) from Keeble and
Shuchat in Palo Alto. Other choices were the Voigtlander Bessa R, the
Contax G2 and even the Leica Minilux.
Later in the day I started to put together this web site on
photography using the same general mechanisms as
the 912 site. The purpose of the site is to collect what I am
learning in one place. There is a lot of information on the internet,
but it takes hours to find, read, and assimilate. We'll try to capture