Leica M2 & Summitar 50 mm f/2 – Finally Together!

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It took too much time, but in the end, my Leica M2 and its beautiful “damaged” Summitar managed to tie the “lawful marriage” …. ūüėČ All this has been made possible thanks to a special Fotodiox adapter ring (¬†M39 to Leica M mount) in fact they were a few months that a roll of Ilford Pan F+ was lying unused in M2 and, given the time elapsed, I didn’t¬†¬†remember how many Iso rated the film for¬†the first few frames. The value on the Voigtlander Vc Meter was 25 and so, I continued that way¬†until the end.

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Postcards from Todi – Trix in DD-X & Leica M2

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A beautiful spring day, a friend who invites you to accompany him on a short trip to the beautiful Todi (one of the many jewels of Umbria) and the constant desire to photograph: what to ask more? And in fact, I immediately accepted the invitation and loaded my Leica M2 with a Tri-x, setting the Voigtlander VC-Meter @ box speed. As you know, in the past I had some problems with this film, when rated @ 400 Iso, but this time, I had on my side the ILFOTEC DD-X and I was sure that the outcome would have been much better.

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Leica M2, Voigtlander Color Skopar & Ilford Delta: A Good Job!

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Okay, it was a bit of time that I don’t propose one of my “mixed salads”, in which I put too many ingredients … and therefore, risk¬†bad results. Yeah, because when there are too many elements (with whom you have little or no ¬†experience) in the game, it becomes difficult to avoid mistakes. However, this time, I am definitely satisfied: everything went¬†well, and each element has worked to perfection, leading to impressive results¬†… as of course, you can judge¬†by¬†yourself looking at pictures.

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Shooting a Leica Lens – Leitz Summitar 50 mm f/2

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Finally, I got¬†a Leica M …. namely, a M2. But also to use a legendary camera, you need the right¬†lenses. So I had to find some… just to start and got a 35mm Voigtlander Color Skopar f /2.5 (Leica M mount)¬†and are waiting for a Leitz Elmar 90 mm f/4 with Ltm mount¬†(M39). But in the meantime, a friend of mine lent me a “Collapsible” Leitz Summitar 5¬†cm f/2 ¬†Ltm mount too, a bit ruined … just to test it. While waiting for a¬†Ltm to Leica M Mount adapter ring, I decided to test first this one, both in digital (with a Fujifilm X-T10) that on¬†film by mounting it on my Canon 7 rangefinder.

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The Bayern Film Tour – Part One

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Leica R-E & Vario Elmar 35-70mm – XP2 Labdeveloped

As loyal readers already know, at the beginning of December I faced (after almost 15 years) traveling exclusively using film cameras only. In this post I showed the equipment that I planned to use. Furthermore, I also had an Olympus OM10 with three Zuiko lenses (28, 50 and 135mm) as a backup just in case. Once in Munich (Bayern), I bought a nice Olympus OM2n, accompanied by a Zuiko 35-70mm f/3.5-4,5 and a Tokina RMC 24mm f/2.8. The films I used were Ilford XP2 Super 400, Kodak T-Max 400 and Ilford Delta 3200. In total, I took 8 rolls of 36 frames. A ridiculous number of shots when compared with those obtained in a half-day with any digital camera. But this is precisely the reason that led me back to the film, so I am absolutely delighted to have chosen this path.

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The ‘Cron – Leica Leitz Summicron R 50 mm (type II) f/2

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After the recent test of the Leica R5 (with the Vario-Elmar 35-70 zoom), I had the opportunity to shoot again with¬†a series R camera, namely the R-E. This is a simplified version¬†of R5, diversified by the fact of having only the manual exposure and aperture priority. It’s been¬†produced in a limited number of units (about 6500) and according to the experts, has proven reliable and free from some electronic drawbacks present in the Leica cameras made before the¬†R5. This time, in addition to the ¬†Vario – Elmar zoom I got to shoot with the “Mighty” Summicron R 50mm (Type II – Made in Germany) f/2. A lens that, if not quite up to the homonymous M series¬†for rangefinder cameras, it certainly comes very close to the performance of that.

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Leica R5 – But she wasn’t mine

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Who knows why, for some reason, every time I used a Leica, was never mine? The first time, an M7 with Summicron 35mm, I was entrusted by the magazine which I collaborate with (Fotografia Reflex), the second time, a D-Lux 6 (Digital), directly from the Leica factory itself. You can see some of the results on the Leica official blog. This time, I had the opportunity to test one R5 with the Vario-Elmar zoom 35-70mm f/3.5, thanks to a friend who had just bought it. Basically, I’m doing the beta-tester for him! Sooner or later … I’ll have to decide to get one of my own … ūüėČ

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