Discussion Forum Leica M System Film M Cameras Where are the film shooters?
  • #452
    Riccis

    Show yourself, let's chat up a bit while the film dries up 🙂

    Cheers!

  • #501
    thomasw_

    Hi Riccis, I shoot only film currently — largely BW — and develop it and print it myself on my focomat 1c with a focotar-2 enlarging lens. I scan rarely, as I find it rather boring. I have a strong preference for the look of film when wet printed. I have owned various MPs, but my preference is for the classic M3, M2-r and M4s. I shoot mainly Tri-X, but I do use Adox CMS 20 as well as some left over Neopan 1600 at times. Best regards Thomas

  • #520
    Ken Akiva Shapero

    Just found out about this forum. Currently shooting M3 and ZI.:)

  • #523
    mark

    Hello everyone. I am a film guy with a M7 and hassey.

  • #653
    mijosc

    I recently started my film journey with a Leica M4 and Summicron 50 DR about 6 months ago. Since then I've added a Minolta CLE and a few additional lenses to the mix.

    I'm also strongly thinking about purchasing an M7 à la carte.

  • #655
    Stuart Richardson

    Still shooting lots of film here (I do run a photo lab though). I just recently put up some film shots from a trip out East — they are either Hasselblad or a Plaubel Makina…you can tell by the format…
    http://www.stuartrichardson.com/lightroom/east-trip-film-shots-2011/

  • #675
    PeterA

    I shoot two or three rolls through an M and an XPan every few months to keep the cameras in good working order.

  • #712
    Farnz

    I don't shoot as much film as I'd like to – several rolls a month maybe – but when I do it's through a IIIf or a BP MP. And a Hexar RF if I'm feeling a bit lazy.:rolleyes:

    Pete.

  • #734
    too old to care

    I just found this forum too after following a link to it from the L-Camera form. I shoot B&W through an M6 and an Mamiya C330F. I shoot maybe 10 to 20 rolls per year and do my own developing.

    Wayne

  • #1041
    akitadog

    Hello to all the other film shooters.

    Yes, I do shoot a bit of digital, but only with a point and shoot for quick shots of renovations etc.

    I shoot everything else in film using both Leica M4-P and my Mamiya 6 systems. I simply like the look I get from film. Well, OK there are other reasons as well. I find that archiving digital, maintaining multiple copies of my files and all the computer time required for digital is a giant pain. That comes from an IT person, who spends way too much time in front of a computer as is.

    Also, I find that when I am back woods camping, or hiking etc., that it is easier for me to take one camera, one lens and some film. No batteries to worry about. I have yet to have a mechanical camera body fail in such a way that it was unusable. I have had a few digital systems fail etc when I was far afield, and that ruined the trip.

    Long live film.

    akitadog

  • #1312
    sksaito

    I just started shooting with a M3, M4P and Zeiss Ikon. I've been educating myself about classic Leica lenses and trying to acquire them slowly. I'm broke.

  • #1708
    Messsucherkamera

    Hello, all –

    First post here. I photograph with film cameras 100% – I don't own even one digital camera.

    For B&W, Tri-X is my film of choice although I'm thinking of giving Fuji Acros a try. I develop my own film at home and am working on getting a darkroom up and running (I already have most of the components needed).

    My Leica gear is an M4-P with a 28/2 Summicron and a 50/1.4 (last pre-ASPH version).

  • #1793
    dodphotography

    first post here, be easy on me!

    I am looking to pick up an M6 in great condition but am completely new to the Leica / rangefinder world. Looking to get some longevity out of this investment, basically I want to be able to pick a camera up in 40 years and still have it work just as the day I got it (with proper care and maintenance of course). Just wanted to poke in and say hello.

    Any suggestions, dealers?

  • #1794
    David Farkas

    dodphotography;1639 wrote: first post here, be easy on me!

    I am looking to pick up an M6 in great condition but am completely new to the Leica / rangefinder world. Looking to get some longevity out of this investment, basically I want to be able to pick a camera up in 40 years and still have it work just as the day I got it (with proper care and maintenance of course). Just wanted to poke in and say hello.

    Any suggestions, dealers?

    You could certainly drop us (Dale Photo & Digital) a line. We have a black M6 available which hasn't been posted on the used section of our website yet.

  • #2154
    bahnhofe

    Hey one and all. I'm new to the forum but have been a leica for the past year and a lover of film photography for over a decade now, though I've had a beginning love affair with digital in between.

    My one and only Leica is a black M6 🙂 with a Elmar-M 50mm f/2.8. I love shooting in color and black and white but am planning on getting into self development soon, which means it'll be a b&w life for me. Right now my film of choice is ilford's HP5+ 400.

  • #2168
    c.poulton

    I've been a film shooter all my life 🙂 and I don't see any reason why I should move over to digital. In fact I love film and will continue to shoot with it for as long as I can get rolls of the stuff and process them.

    Currently shooting with the following:
    Leica m2
    Yashica Electro GT
    Olympus XA
    Chinon CE4

  • #2169
    Ornello

    c.poulton;2054 wrote: I've been a film shooter all my life 🙂 and I don't see any reason why I should move over to digital. In fact I love film and will continue to shoot with it for as long as I can get rolls of the stuff and process them.

    Same here.

    Currently shooting with the following:

    2 Leicaflex SL2 bodies, 8 lenses, 21mm-560mm

  • #2210
    Messsucherkamera

    dodphotography;1639 wrote: first post here, be easy on me!

    I am looking to pick up an M6 in great condition but am completely new to the Leica / rangefinder world. Looking to get some longevity out of this investment, basically I want to be able to pick a camera up in 40 years and still have it work just as the day I got it (with proper care and maintenance of course). Just wanted to poke in and say hello.

    Any suggestions, dealers?

    My suggestion is this: Take a hard look at the M4-P and the M6 classic. You should be able to find a good user version (rated at around 8+) of either for around $1000 American.

    Ken Hansen in New York City would be a good place to start your search. You can contacthim by email at [email]kphny19@aol.com[/email]

  • #2211
    Ornello

    Messsucherkamera;2105 wrote: My suggestion is this: Take a hard look at the M4-P and the M6 classic. You should be able to find a good user version (rated at around 8+) of either for around $1000 American.

    Ken Hansen in New York City would be a good place to start your search. You can contacthim by email at [email]kphny19@aol.com[/email]

    Tamarkin is another source, as is KEH.

  • #2223
    Doug A

    I've been shooting film since 1955. I only shoot B&W and develop my own film. I switched from wet printing to scanning and inkjet printing when I found I preferred the results. My main outfit is an M6 with a 35/2 Biogon. I also have a Nikon F6, a Hasselblad and an X-100 but they don't see a lot of use.

    –Doug

  • #2237
    Ornello

    Doug A;2119 wrote: I've been shooting film since 1955. I only shoot B&W and develop my own film. I switched from wet printing to scanning and inkjet printing when I found I preferred the results. My main outfit is an M6 with a 35/2 Biogon. I also have a Nikon F6, a Hasselblad and an X-100 but they don't see a lot of use.

    –Doug

    Which films and scanning equipment do you use?

  • #2242
    Doug A

    Ornello;2138 wrote: Which films and scanning equipment do you use?

    Most of the time I use HP5+. I occasionally use Tri-X, FP4+ or Delta 3200. Most of the time I develop with Ilfotec DD-X. I occasionally use HC-110 or Rodinal.

    My scanner is an Epson V700. I do low resolution batch scans with the standard Epson negative holders. I then do high resolution scans of the “keepers” with Better Scanning anti-newton ring glass inserts to hold the negatives really flat. This helps with all of the films but it is essential with 35mm Tri-X which curls badly in the standard holder.

  • #2246
    Ornello

    Doug A;2143 wrote: Most of the time I use HP5+. I occasionally use Tri-X, FP4+ or Delta 3200. Most of the time I develop with Ilfotec DD-X. I occasionally use HC-110 or Rodinal.

    My scanner is an Epson V700. I do low resolution batch scans with the standard Epson negative holders. I then do high resolution scans of the “keepers” with Better Scanning anti-newton ring glass inserts to hold the negatives really flat. This helps with all of the films but it is essential with 35mm Tri-X which curls badly in the standard holder.

    I would never scan conventional B&W film. Too grainy.

  • #4305
    acmineiro

    I am a film shooter. Used to be a digital shooter for awhile but it isn't photography for me it was more computer manipulation than photographing the truth. Shooting film is much more rewarding for me.

  • #4465
    cobbu2

    Happy New Year everyone! I'm also new to this forum, my first post here. I shoot a fair amount of film, and it's about 90% of all I do (my wife is the true digital SLR shooter, I just follow in her steps a little). I have a lot of gear, being Leica, Pentax and Yashica. I also have a small darkroom!

    My small Leica collection consists of a “user” titanium M6, previously owned by a Contact press Images photojournalist and an M4-2; my lenses are a 50/2.8 Elmar-M (new version) and a 50/2 LTM Summitar. I also frequently use a 15/4.5 Cosina-Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar.

    To top it off, my mom has a IIIg with the collapsible 50/2 Summicron that I “borrow” when I come to visit!

  • #4475
    redhawk

    Another film shooter here. I shoot film about 99% of the time. I only shoot digital when a client requests it or when I need instant turnaround, as is the case for the product photography I do for my wine & spirits shop for example.

    I use B&W in my M3 exclusively and I rotate C41/B&W/E6 in my M6 but mainly it's Fuji Pro 400H, Superia or Ektar. For B&W I use a lot of Tri-X of course, all the Ilford films, some of the slow Rollei super-high-res stuff and lately, Arista Premium because I got it so dang cheap from Freestyle Photo. Devs I use are D-76, Ilford stuff again and with the Rollei stock, the SPUR Acurol-N developer per Mr. Puts' recommendation. I'd already used some of the other SPUR devs but Acurol-N is a noticeable improvement over their other offerings. I used to roll my own but once I found that bunch of Arista Premium for about $2/roll, it's no longer the cheaper option.

    I've always had a film camera of some kind. I learned properly on the F2 and later, the F4. I continue to shoot film for many reasons but mainly because of the results and the pleasure I have in shooting it. The challenges are part of that pleasure. I suppose since I grew up with film cameras I have no anxiety over having instant feedback. Sure, I still bracket and take safety shots but I enjoy a certain confidence in pre-visualizing, executing and moving on without any coulda, woulda, shoulda. I certainly recognize the convenience and place for digital but I prefer taking the more “difficult” path, content in knowing how much work goes into making my images and cherishing all its unspoken rewards.

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