Why I sold the Leica M6 TTL and went for the “classic”

Being a self-called “Leica-beginner” finding the right M-Body might not be that easy. I recently switched from my M6 TTL to the M6 “classic”.

This “downgrade” might sound strange but let me tell you what exactly  happened 😉 This is not meant to be a real comparison on the differences these two models offer. It all just comes down to my personal perspective on both of these high quality film-rangefinders!
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Overexposing is not a crime!

I should complete the sentence by saying “Overexposing is not a crime … when you shoot film!” 😉

On the last weekend I could finally fully expose my two test-rolls of massive Kodak Tri-X-Overexposing. Okay: “Massive” maybe a bit exaggerated as I’m a coward and started by doing a full stop overexposing after mostly measuring the shadows.

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Shooting the Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa with Kodak Tri-X

The Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa is an all manual 35mm rangefinder-camera equipped with a sharp 50mm f2.8 Color Skopar-Lens.
Last year I made a pretty lucky deal on ebay and got one of these in my hands for just a few Euros. Typically this camera isn’t a bargain but well worth a good research!

I just completed a roll of Kodak Tri-X with this camera and want to show off my results and give you an idea of how shooting works with this camera from 1957.

I also tested a new developer for me which is the classic Kodak D-76 to get a finer grain-structure compared to Rodinal/Adonal.

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Using the Fuji X100t just like the Leica M-D

Just a few days ago Leica introduced the Leica M-D, the first digital M-Series Camera without a screen. If you haven’t checked out the announcement, you’ll find it HERE.
It combines the effort of a modern day digital camera with the pure joy of really creating an image in the camera and not just shooting the shit out of your cam, switching thousands of settings for one image that seems to be “allright”.

What has this to do with the Fuji X100t? You can switch off your backscreen and keep on tracking the things in front of your camera, not on your screen 😉

Before we start with the settings: I won’t ever really compare the little Fuji to the full frame interchangeable lens-Camera Leica M-D. The Leica M-D just inspired me to switch the screen completely off 😉


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***Guest-Post*** My Story with the Leica Minilux

Don’t just press a button & bury your photos in the digital graveyard. Every picture has a soul – so give them a body to live in.

So that’s what I feel about photography, no matter if it’s digital or analogue. I always loved to print out my favorite pictures. I loved to feel the photographs, that was more than pictures to me. They are all a piece of my memory – a precious part of my past.

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The magical feeling of shooting vintage-cameras

Vivitar 35EE ©Malte Fleuter & RETUELF photography blog
Vivitar 35EE ©Malte Fleuter & RETUELF photography blog

A few weeks ago I made a pretty lucky deal on Ebay and got a really nice vintage-Cam for about 5€.

I was looking out for a small rangefinder-style camera because my girlfriend also wants to take part of the “back to film”-journey. So I managed to get the Vivitar 35EE for just a few bucks. Currently the first roll is exposed and we are pretty excited and looking forward to the results.

The Vivitar is equipped with a 38mm f2.8 lens which is not the fastest, but exposure and aperture is chosen by the cameras light-meter anyway. Some could call this a loss of control but we could call it a “focus on the subject”-cam as well 😉

As there are no results at this point we agree on that it is just a magical feeling to shoot this little rangefinder 🙂