Visit to Cleveland for the Code for America Brigade Congress.
San Francisco, June 2016. Ilford FP4+ and HP5+ in Leica M3
Every few months I travel to Raleigh, North Carolina and on these visits I try to explore downtown a little bit. This month I had another trip and took my Leica M3 and my (new to me) Mamiya C330. These are some of my favorites from threeÂ sessions — one late afternoon and one nighttime walk with the M3, and one midday with the C330. The M3 had a roll of expired 400UC and the Mamiya was loaded with Ultrafine Extreme 400.
I’ve gotten to a pretty comfortable place with the Leica, but the C330 is still very foreign to me. In fact,Â on three of my images theÂ lens didn’t activate — no idea what I did wrong there. I had switched out the 80mm 2.8 for a 180mm 4.5 and somehow didn’t set it up correctly. Will read more and better luck next time. Big thank you to Karl Abbott for the roll of Ultrafine — it turned out great in a Microphen stock dev!
I am now the proud owner of a Leica M3 and three lenses (50mm f/2 DR, 35mm f/2.8 and 90mm f/4). And a MR meter, but no battery for it (yet!). And I am growing very, very fond of the camera.
However, it is an uphill climb. The first session with it, when I was testing it out before purchase, was a frustrating mix of fits and starts. Remember the first (and second, third and fourth) time you tried to drive standard? But do you also remember the first time you really were able to get a smooth takeoff and run through the gears? The start of the roll was fumbling and awkward, but by the end of my second session I felt like I could at least get the car around the block. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this gear — especially next week when I’m in Vancouver!
All the above were done with the 50mm and 35mm lenses, with HP5+ shot at 400 and developed in Ilfosol 3 1:14 dilution.