Canon M50 and Leica M lens

After testing Leica glass I got convinced that yes, Leica glass and size are better for my 35mm film Leica M2 camera. Digital Leica Q camera with the fixed lens is great too. The problem is with digital Leica M cameras, for obvious reasons. I found that many people have the same issue, and adopting …

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Hotshoe Light Meter

There are many ways to get the right exposure settings for the camera that does not have a light meter like Leica M2: the sunny 16 rule, the original Leica light meters, a phone light meter app, a traditional external light meter device, etc. Recently a new type of devices appeared: tiny set top boxes …

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Summarit and Ultron

Leica Camera AG discontinued production of the Summarit budget lens. I was able to get off eBay one of the pre-owned lens, and want to compare it with Cosina Voightlander Ultron – another budget lens for Leica M mount. The goal was to choose the “right” budget lens for my Leica M2. Originally I got …

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Vivian Maier

While I was focused on Henri Carter-Bresson and Ansel Adams, the new photography icon appeared. Finding Vivian Maier film tells the story of a nanny with the camera who quietly perfected her skill. Of course, there are books published, articles written, who did what when why. She is the perfect example of the intersection of …

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Kodak Portra 400 – Part 1

The classical fine grain color negative film, described by the Darkroom Photo Lab Index as “one of the most popular color negative films there is.” The metering of the scene – overexposed for ISO 200 – using Lumu Power Light Meter app: The color negative photo scan – using Canon M50 and Viltrox EF-EOS M2 …

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Currently I have several cameras: Canon 6D – full frame ILC big SLR Canon M50 – cropped ILC small mirrorless 4k Leica M2 – 35mm film ILC small rangefinder Leica Q – full frame fixed lens medium mirrorless Apple iPhone XR – very cropped fixed lens small mirrorless 4k (yes, I know) My main workhorses …

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Digitizing Film

As I wrote before, usually the film is scanned into digital files, so I do not treat analog photography differently from digital. There are many reasons to digitize film, and one is to unify the post-production workflow, including backup. So far I discovered the following approaches to scanning: Let the photo lab to do it. …

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Post-Production Workflow

The workflow ideally should be simple and stable, independent from various gear and software changes. Pre-Production Production Post-Production Publishing Let’s talk about step 3, Post-Production. Usually the film is scanned into digital files, so I do not treat analog photography differently from digital. The digital camera always records the image in the RAW format, which …

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