Mixing up Leica digital and film cameras
Old 09-29-2019   #1
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Mixing up Leica digital and film cameras

I decided a few weeks ago to have in my camera bag Leica film cameras in addition to the M9 digital camera.

Why not?

The M3 looks like new, and this may have been my fault. I have on it a Zeiss lens; the Hologon 16mm/8 with its ND filter to reduce the vignetting in the corners.

The Leica Standard has always been one of my favorite cameras. I placed on it a Canon 19/3.5, which has been one of my favorite ltm lenses.

The "old" M9 is still my to-go=to camera. I am using with it a Pentax-M 50/1.4 with RF coupling.

All in all, my Leica cameras seem to be happy here .







Post about your own mixing of cameras and lenses!
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Old 09-29-2019   #2
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Sometimes I like to se the M7 and beside the old Leica x1. Why? Small kit, iso 100 in the M7 and if I see something interesting in low light like an interior I can use the X1, it works well!

Or the Rolleiflex plus the x1, also a good combo.

I know for many to mix film and digital sounds like an heresy...but I like it!



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Your camera bag content is so neatly laid out,Robert!
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Old 09-29-2019   #4
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I know for many to mix film and digital sounds like an heresy...but I like it!
I feel that as long as a photographer is capturing images while enjoying the process of doing so then all that matters has been covered.

When I start wandering through the Gallery here on the forum for example, I don't spend any time pondering whether or not a shot was taken with a film camera or a digital camera. I am much more interested in the image itself, regardless of the medium used to capture that image.
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I feel that as long as a photographer is capturing images while enjoying the process of doing so then all that matters has been covered.

When I start wandering through the Gallery here on the forum for example, I don't spend any time pondering whether or not a shot was taken with a film camera or a digital camera. I am much more interested in the image itself, regardless of the medium used to capture that image.
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My camera travel kit for the four day trip to Southern California I just returned from included the iPhone 8 Plus, the Leica CL with Summilux 35, Summitar 75, and Voigtländer 10mm lenses in a Peak Design 5L sling bag, and a Polaroid SLR670x with control unit and flash unit in an A&A SX-70 bag. I also had my tripod and various attachment gizmos for fitting the above cameras with me.

Since I was traveling by car, the car's trunk was my "transit camera bag" and everything fit easily, along with my small bag of clothing and sundries.

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Old 09-29-2019   #6
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How does one decide which medium to use for which exposures? I understand some use film for B&W while reserving digital for color. That makes some sense to me, but raises the other issue about carrying both B&W and color! I must be easily confused, so I shoot color only and digital only these days.
The last time I carried both IIRC was on a trip to Puerto Rico and shot B&W film in a tiny Canon ELPH Jr APS camera in a belt pouch for instant access, along with a "main" digital camera.
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Old 09-30-2019   #7
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Your camera bag content is so neatly laid out,Robert!

On purpose I used a Fuji box for the Kodak films in order to have the yellow/green contrast LOL
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How does one decide which medium to use for which exposures? I understand some use film for B&W while reserving digital for color. That makes some sense to me, but raises the other issue about carrying both B&W and color! I must be easily confused, so I shoot color only and digital only these days.
The last time I carried both IIRC was on a trip to Puerto Rico and shot B&W film in a tiny Canon ELPH Jr APS camera in a belt pouch for instant access, along with a "main" digital camera.
Each camera sees the world differently. Once you know how each of your cameras sees, regardless of film or digital capture, your vision of a scene includes which "eyes" you are going to see it with, and that's the camera, or lens, you pick up for the task.

I often take this to the next point, which is to actively be using one camera at a time and thereby looking only for the photos that look the way I want when taken by that specific camera.

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Each camera sees the world differently. Once you know how each of your cameras sees, regardless of film or digital capture, your vision of a scene includes which "eyes" you are going to see it with, and that's the camera, or lens, you pick up for the task.
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I agree. I tend to visualize more from a lens rendering/signature perspective.
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I always pack my Ricoh GR (the APS-C version) in most of my camera bags unless I’m consciously trying to shed as much weight/size as possible, in which case I just shoot film. The GR is roughly the same size as a Sekonic L308 plus it’s always useful to have a 28 since I’ve been picking my 50mm lenses over my 35mm recently. I’ll eventually add a Leica Q or a M240 to my bag but the GR is such a useful little camera.
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I often take this to the next point, which is to actively be using one camera at a time and thereby looking only for the photos that look the way I want when taken by that specific camera.
I agree Godfrey. One camera simplifies things because only the photos that can be taken with it suggest themselves.
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Old 09-30-2019   #12
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You guys are missing a lot by ignoring stereo photography. Your travel bag Could cosnsist of a Stereo Realist, meter and film. You’ll made better and more interesting images.
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when I carried both film and digi, ended shooting doubles, because "who knows which format this scene looks better"... (or wasting time contemplating about it) so, does not work for me.
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I don't do it a lot, but for some portrait sessions, I use my Leica MP and M240. B&W film in the MP, and I use the M240 for color. Having the same lens mount is a big plus.

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Old 09-30-2019   #15
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If I am only carrying Leica, I will have my only M-mount digital, an M8, in the bag. If I know I'm going to have to shoot serious digital stuff, including color shots of sports, I will take two bags - one with Leica film cameras for myself and one with Canon DSLRs for work. But when I'm not doing that, I do mix digital and film. I would prefer to carry just film, but I will sometimes come upon a shoot that I need color for and that's when the M8 comes out. For instance, today's kit is an M6 traditional, collapsible 50 Summicron, 35 Summicron, 90 Tele-Elmarit, and an M8. It all goes neatly into a small bag and allows me to choose depending on what the shoot calls for.
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It looks as if many people here use both types of cameras. It makes sense to do so, I think.
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M4, B&W and M9 for color. Have two different focal lengths on each camera. Like 50mm on one and 28mm on the other.
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I do, sometimes, if I go on events. Our local media doesn't like film photos at all.
But I do. I'm not in favor of doing this, because then two metal M bumps to each over...
I have to put both in half-case and it adds bulk and reduce ergonomics.
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I like to mix two 35mm film rangefinder systems.

One system consists of a Leica M6 body with the following lenses:
Leitz 90mm f/2 Summicron
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon
Leitz 21mm f/1.4 Summilux

The other system consists of two Contax G1 bodies with the following lenses:
Zeiss 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar
Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar
Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon

Each camera, with its own set of lenses, is enough for photographing most situations. However, when I do not have time to quickly change lenses, I prefer to carry three bodies with a lens mounted on each body.

My favorite combination is:
21mm f/2.8 Zeiss on Contax G1 green label plus accessory viewfinder
35mm f/1.4 Zeiss on Leica M6
90mm f/2.8 Zeiss on Contax G1 white label

My second favorite combination is:
21mm f/1.4 Leitz on Leica M6 plus accessory viewfinder
45mm f/2 Zeiss on Contax G1
90mm f/2.8 Zeiss on Contax G1

My third favorite combination is:
28mm f/2.8 Zeiss on Contax G1
45mm f/2 Zeiss on Contax G1
90mm f/2 Leitz on Leica M6

My favorite combination for landscape photography is:
21mm f/1.4 Leitz on Leica M6 plus accessory viewfinder
28mm f/2.8 Zeiss on Contax G1
45mm f/2 Zeiss on Contax G1


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I only recently got a Leica digital (an M-E 240) and am still learning it.

But I’ve carried film and digital cams for several years on linger trips. Last year in France I packed an M2 and an Oly Pen F. I shot bw film in the M2 and shot color with the Oly. It was a great kit for me.
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I mix film and digital all the time! Leica M9 with an M7, M5, or M2. Nikon D700 with an FE2 or FM3a. Leica or Nikon Digital with a Hasselblad SWC.
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I actually bought the mp240 for this reason. 1 system, 1 mount. Lightens the load.
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MP240 and M2 or MP240 and FujiX100F.
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