Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/30

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Subject: [Leica] Re: IIIf and Low-light conditions
From: pdzwig at (Peter Dzwig)
Date: Sun Jan 30 08:15:32 2005
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cwoods wrote:

> I continue to eagerly await the return of my Opa's IIIf which I sent off 
> to the "spa" for a CLA. I was wondering if there are suggestions as to 
> using the camera in low-light conditions? I don't know if I should look 
> into high speed film (I use 100 speed with it normally and the pictures 
> have been great!), a tripod, or a flash? Any suggestions? I've been told 
> that a flash might "not" be the way to go? But I was hoping to play around 
> with some indoor shots, etc....
> thanks (as usual),
> chris
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I have been using a IIIf with 5cm f1.5 Summarit, for some time; with BW400CN 
film - and its relatives - I love using it and it does work in low light.

You have to be careful and it certainly doessn't provide the same contrast 
modern lenses, but for fun, a certain retro feel and the joy of carrying a 
package round that can shoot in most light it IS hard to beat. Oh and it's 
cheaper!! ;-)

If you want examples look at my album:

many of which were shot with the Summarit and

my PAW which is at:

which has had quite a bit of (very) low-light stuff so far.

Hope that this is of some help. More than happy to discuss more on list or 

Peter Dzwig

Replies: Reply from bdcolen at (B. D. Colen) ([Leica] Re: IIIf and Low-light conditions)
In reply to: Message from cwoods8 at (cwoods) ([Leica] Re: IIIf and Low-light conditions)