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I've joined your club with an M6 & 50 F/2

Discussion in 'Leica Camera Chat' started by Malcolm_Stewart, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping that I'm going to enjoy my new purchases. Yesterday I received a titanium tinted Leica M6 and a 50mm F/2 DR Summicron complete with goggles. The M6 is now loaded with Delta 100, and everything seems to be in order with camera and lens. It did take me some time understanding the interlocks on the lens, but thanks to the web pages of a somewhat enthusiastic Mr K Rockwell, it's all sorted. Since 1958 I've been so accustomed to using SLRs, I really must learn to take the lens cap off!
    Loading film was a surprise when I dropped the baseplate - glad that I learnt about that at home, and not somewhere more expensive. Off to Norwich today, so hopefully the weather will hold.
     
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  2. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Malcolm,

    Be warned. They're addictive!

    Cheers,

    R.
     
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  3. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Malcolm, Congrats. Hope you will be very happy together. Please 'do a Brian' and post a pic! :) I do like that titanium look. Cheers, Oly
     
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  4. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Congrats, Malcolm, on taking the plunge back to film :) and, don't worry, I'm searching for
    an EF lens to M mount lens adapter for you ;)

    Cheers and looking forward to seeing some "film" pics :D

    Jack
     
  5. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I do use an M to EF-M adaptor, FWIW. ;)
     
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  6. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Not a good omen.
    Drove to Norwich yesterday, picked up daughter and headed off to an "open garden" somewhere north-east of Norwich. (I'd been expecting to walk around Norwich, but was outvoted.) Partner was navigating me using OS Landranger at first, and after going off the Norwich sheet, then one of the ubiquitous books of maps, found at all petrol stations - but print too small for use in car. I tried inputting the postcode to my GPS in navigator mode - partner missed the left turn instruction from the GPS (which beeps but doesn't speak), and we explored the next village, or was it the next but one. Tempers got rather frazzled as we were all hungry, but eventually we got there some 40 minutes later. Two villagers asked had never heard of where we were aiming for!
    I decided to defer trying a new toy until later, and didn't even take my new acquisition out of the car... At least we had an excellent meal on our return journey to Norwich.
     
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  7. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Sounds like the time, Malcolm, friends and myself were trying to find a Best Western hotel in the Worcester/Malvern area :eek: in a Black Cab ;) The driver knew every conceivable
    way around central London but ….. :D

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member


    Best Western specialise in stealth hotels. The BBC once booked me into one (long and boring story) and could I find the bloody place? I stopped and asked so many people I began to worry I'd be done for kerb crawling! Finally found someone who knew where it was. Turned out they'd changed the name a few months previously from the name it had held for fifty years. The locals all knew where the place was but not under the name I'd been given :(
     
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  9. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the welcome, and thanks to Roger for a good read of his book, "Rangefinders" which certainly helped me decide which model to aim for, so here's two shots of the new Titanium toy. (Matches my new titanium framed spectacles.)

    http://www.amateurphotographer.co.u...ium-with-dr-50-summicron-showing-warts.46119/

    and another wearing its goggles

    http://www.amateurphotographer.co.u...nium-with-dr-50-summicron-plus-goggles.46120/

    I'd be grateful for some advice about the warts showing in the leather on the two shots. Is this normal for Leica leather? Or does it indicate too much exposure to warmth?
     
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  10. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Lovely camera, Malcolm! The film revival gathers extra pace. I think the 'wart' covering was an option. Some users liked it for better grip, perhaps? I have seen other Titaniums with different coverings, ex-factory I think, as well as custom coverings. I Love My Leica is an interesting web-site around which to lurk. There will be shots on there of other Titanium Leicas. A great antidote to overdoses of black plastic. Should be available on prescription. :) Cheers, Oly
     
  11. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I've now discovered, by reading the labelling on the outer box that what I have is "genuine leather, emu impress". No mention of warts.
    Getting slow in my old age...
     
  12. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Malcolm,

    Presumably the emu was a bit slow, too. At least, too slow to get away...

    Cheers,

    R.
     
  13. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Well, the EMUs on SWT are often late, but they blame that on Network Rail rather than a lack of speed.
     
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  14. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    I'm amused to see that AP's currently promoting your article about moving from Leica to the Nikon Df in its online form...and that it starts with the words "Roger Kicks never dreamed he would forgo his beloved Leica for a Nikon DSLR – but that's exactly what happened. Here's what he learned"

    Still, the article is a good read and makes me want to buy a Df...one day.

    Cheers, Jeff
     
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  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member


    Who's our Roger been upsetting then? As you say though, it's a good read.
     
  16. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Been there and done that, as well, Andrew, and, if memory serves, we had been given directions by the groom but, I'm guessing, the municipality (?) of Worcester/Malvern had forgotten
    to mention to him about the road construction and subsequent detours ;)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  17. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    It's taken longer than I expected, but yesterday I received my processed film in the mail. Here's a shot of a house. .
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qgpclk2sy50psdn/0031aps Silver Street House 250 at 5p6.jpg?dl=0

    Full size version, some USM applied,
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3xlv2tw6k34hivq/0031ap Silver Street House 250 at 5p6.jpg?dl=0

    I used a very outdated cassette of Delta 100 from my refrigerator, and not trusting my now ageing bottle of Rodinal,had the film processed professionally. Comparing the rebate with Delta 100 processed quickly after purchase, there's a high level of base fog. I'm very impressed with the evenness of exposure through the film - make me wonder why we need all the modern sophistication.

    Sharpness wise, I'm pleased with the sharpness of this particular shot and several others, but puzzled that a fair number of similar non-challenging shots (~ 1/250 at F/5.6 to F/8) are not in the same league. As I can see the rangefinder window perfectly clearly, at the moment I'm assuming that it's got to be camera shake, or I may have moved the lens focus whilst setting the aperture when setting the exposure - better try setting exposure before setting focus in future.
     
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  18. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    I quite like your nickname for it, Malcolm. Definitely not my favourite Leica covering. Have you got a Danish Royal Wedding M6 body? Rodinal lasts for ever. You can trust it. The slower films do well in it. Cheers, Oly
     
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  19. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Well, I suppose that's better than it being Wart Hog skinned!

    I've always yearned to own a Leica, or rather specifically a IIIG with collapsible 5cm Summicron. Got the lens a few years ago, had the helicoid thread and diaphragm serviced, though also discovered they had 'tweaked' the bayonet mount on the retracting barrel, so that locks more securely in place than it had done. I've also got an m4/3rds to Leica bayonet mount adaptor and use it quite a bit on my E-M1. Slightly less contrasty than my Zuiko lenses, but have found in some lighting conditions, found this rather useful!
     
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  20. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    A week's gone by, and family visits etc. are behind me, so a bit more time to study my first film. I've discovered that if I apply some USM to my scans, the sharpness increases to a sensible, and gratifying level. (I'd turned off the default USM on the scanner so that < I > was in charge. Not a bad idea, providing that < I > doesn't leave his brain in neutral.

    So overall, a satisfying first purchase in the world of 35mm film Leica.
     
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