Old 05-22-2013   #361
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Tomorrow I will be taking my 1931 4.5/135 Elmar out with the black&nickel VIDOM and my 1932 Leica II.

Camera is loaded up with RolleiRetro 400 and I will do my best to get the shots I'll take into this thread asap.

Long overdue, that post of mine...

@Dave: thanks, I'm enjoying this thread myself too, I must say!
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Old 05-22-2013   #362
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That 35mm sure is a sweet lens, Simon!
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Old 05-24-2013   #363
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1937 uncoated 5cm/3.5 Elmar with M3
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Old 05-24-2013   #364
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Another with 1937 5cm Elmar
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Old 05-24-2013   #365
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elmar 9cm 1939

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really liking the 9cm focal length much more than 35 at the moment not quite comfortable getting that extra bit closer yet
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Old 05-25-2013   #366
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Uncoated 1937 5cm/3.5 Elmar on M3
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Old 05-26-2013   #367
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Old 05-28-2013   #368
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Old 06-13-2013   #369
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Here's a shot taken a couple of months ago, but only now just developed. Same camera as last time - Leica IIIa (Jan 1936), uncoated 5cm Elmar, lens was the one originally supplied with the camera. Taken on Svema DS-4, expired 09/1989 and developed in Orwo Color C5168 chemistry.

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Old 06-16-2013   #370
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1937 uncoated 9cm/4 Elmar on M3.
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Old 06-17-2013   #371
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A shot from my 1929 Leica II on Ilford 3200 with Elmar 90mm (1933)

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Old 06-17-2013   #372
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Great stuff posted again lately. Raises the bar!

Think I'll bring my uncoated Elmar to a young girl model shoot in a few hours. See what I can get from it, regarding low-contrast. I think it would do portraits of her justice.

Stay tuned.
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Ah, just updated my blog with some Summar shots in The Deep South...

http://davidbryanlackey.blogspot.com/

Here are a couple from my first roll with the 1937 Summar and Portra 160:





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Old 06-27-2013   #374
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Three more. Last ones just in case I bore anyone! Same camera - Leica IIIa (Jan 1936), uncoated 5cm Elmar (Dec 1935), lens was the one originally supplied with the camera. Taken in Łódź, Poland, in May 2013.

Fresh film this time - Agfaphoto APX100, Orwo R09 1+40, 14mins @ 20*C.





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IIIa, Summar, Plus-X, Xtol 1:1


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Old 07-25-2013   #379
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Always amazed by your ability to make ordinary things look special in a photo, Erik.

Often it seems as if the meaning of your photos is hardly important, since the scene itself is recorded in such a way that it becomes irrelevant what was going on at the time you tripped the shutter. What remains is a beautiful image, no matter the context.

I wish I could go see an exhibition of your stuff, or buy a book.
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Thank you, Johan, quite a compliment!

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Old 07-26-2013   #381
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Old 07-26-2013   #382
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That is just a wonderful photo Erik.
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Erik, I fully agree with Johan, above. Your photos with this classic gear are always wonderful to look at, no matter how common the subjects are. And the technical quality of your work is always excellent. This last one is a good example. Love it!
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I say we vote Erik a mentor, I'm most interested by his process and his ability to achieve consistent good tonality.

The above geese image I find astounding, Erik! There is only one goose that is bright white, there is also black in the picture and all tones in between are clearly defined, nothing murky or unclear.

I'm thinking James Ravilious or J. Allen Cash when looking at your pictures with early uncoated lenses

The photographs you post are flatbed scans from silver prints IIRC?

I'd love to achieve photographs like yours and it seems that my direct-negative scanning cuts a lot of tonality from the negative...
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Thank you all for the compliments!

A good film is important. I prefer Tmax400.

I use an Epson V600 scanner. I scan the negatives individually wile holding them flat with a piece of anti-newton glass.

I use the densitometer of the scanner. A very useful aid.

In PSE I add just a little bit of sharpening.

The scans are "saved for web" in PSE.

Thats about it.

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Old 07-29-2013   #388
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The National Theater of Prague.
A tribute to Rodchenko, with Leica I mod C, (1931) and Elmar 3,5/50.
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Erik, can I ask what you are exposing that Tmax400 at? Many of your shots have sunlight in it and I'm thinking you must either use small apertures or high shutter speeds to cover for it?

That last shot is lovely, with the reflective circle in the middle!
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another fan of your work, erik.

perhaps the comparison has been drawn before, but i am reminded of james ravilious each time i see a frame of yours. always beautiful!
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Erik, can I ask what you are exposing that Tmax400 at? Many of your shots have sunlight in it and I'm thinking you must either use small apertures or high shutter speeds to cover for it?

That last shot is lovely, with the reflective circle in the middle!
I rarely use a lightmeter. The Tmax films have a large exposure latitude. I am not afraid of a little bit of overexposure.
In cases I use a meter I rate Tmax400 @ 200 ISO. I develop the film in Ilford Perceptol in a dilution of 1 part developer in 2 parts water @23 degrees C for 11 minutes.

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Thank you Erik, this sounds so truly simple that I might get confident enough to try it myself!
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Agree with the above again. Lovely shot Erik.
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Agree with the above again. Lovely shot Erik.
Count me as a fan, too! You're inspiring me to break out the Summitar this weekend, Erik. BTW, do you use a hood or shade with your Hektot?

The tones on the shot above^^^^ are really nice.
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Thank you, Steve! I am a fan of your work too!

With the shots above I used a FIKUS, but it was falling off all the time. I replaced it with a black FLQOO.

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Whoa.

I think I NEED a Hektor 2.5/50mm by now...

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I should be joining this group shortly. I have a 39 Summitar with the weird apertures and just picked up a CLA'd '39 Leica II body for it for $200 US. Youxin has seen the lens and told me it's a little "off" with the focus, which he says is normal for those lenses, so I'm going to sent it all to him and he's going to match them together for me. I'm stoked, can't wait!
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