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The Beaches Late April with the Leica M3

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It was a 1/125 F8 kind of morning back on April 27. Even though the light was less than wonderful, Kosmo Mono 100 delivered the goods.


Camera: Leica M3 DS, 50 f2 Type One Summircon, Collapsible.
Film: Kosmo Mono 100, Rodinal 1+50.

























Shooting with a Classic, The Leica M3

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This is my dad's camera, it saw many adventures back in the 1960s and then it sat for a few decades. It was given to me 15 years just before dad passed and got the M3 overhauled with Gerry Smith (no relation) and it gets used, may not quite as often as the M4-2 but I feel like Dad's with me. I was a guest on John Meadow's My Photography podcast and we chatted about the family connections through the cameras we inherit. You can listen to the episode here.

Camera: Leica M3, 50 f2 Collapsible Summicron lens.
Film: Kosmo Mono 100, Rodinal 1+50.











Leica M4-2 and Kodak Ektar 100

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I have to shoot more colour film in my Leicas, what I get out my M4-2 with the Japanese Summilix, even what started as an overcast day impressed me.


Camera: Leica M4-2, Canon 50 f1.4 LTM lens (the Japanese Summilux).
Film: Kodak Ektar 100



















Leicas and Colour Film

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April in Toronto can be hit, or miss or March continued on. When I planned the photo walk at the beginning of the week, the weekend forecast called for a decent Saturday and a cold damp Sunday. Well, things got reversed and Saturday up until 2 PM was overcast and felt like March continued on. I wanted to shoot both my Leica's with Kodak Ektar 100 and Kosmo Mono 100, Saturday morning I was committed and it became a 1/125 of a second F8 kind of day.

Which brings me to the choice of cameras, my Leica M3 and M4-2. Even though it has been my camera for the past 14 years I still consider it Dad's M3. I bought the M4-2 off my brother eight or nine years ago and it was a smart purchase.

I'm from the school of thought even if you're a camera collector (guilty as charged), you should use your gear. Leicas for some reason in some quarters induce what could be best described as Leica derangement syndrome. People either obessesively love, loathe and in some cases fetishize these c…

Fujifilm Provia 100 Up in Elora April 2019

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I don't shoot slide often, last year I grabbed a box of Fuji Provia 100 for kicks and giggles, Kodak's Ektachrome 100 wasn't released yet in 35mm. I shot two rolls up North and had my friend James process them.

Fast forward to this spring, I went up with my friend John Meadows from Classic Camera Revival and The Toronto Film Shooters to Elora to wander around. The trails were still super icy so our wanderings were almost exclusively in town. I loaded my Rolleiflex with Fuji Provia 100 slide film. By the time we got up there, the skies became overcast and hindsight being 20/20 I should have rolled with Kodak Portra 400, I went with what I loaded and I'm happy with what I got

This time out I sent the slide film away to be processed to Borealis Photo Lab in Montreal because there's no one in Toronto is processing slide film in volume with a dip and dunk line. I want to thank Rachel Labreche and her team for doing a fabulous job on my slides and if you are looking for…

Wandering Mid Town on the Side Streets Mostly.

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Wandering around and find nooks and crannies to photograph is always fun....


Camera: Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400 @1600 ISO, HC110 B.