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Subject: [Leica] RE: dog bird (Steve Barbour)
From: grduprey at (
Date: Mon May 29 21:23:06 2006

I will put in my 2 cents worth here.  I also use the BW400cn film, and have 
switched to it exclusively.  the grain as you have seen is very fine, and 
the latitude is also very good.  It certainly convinced me to drop Tri-X and 
make the switch.  I have worked it in PS Elements with very good results.  
Since I do not have a darkroom anymore the fact that it is processed in 
color chemistryand be returned the next day or even the same day is very 
convienient, especially since the local photo shop has an excellent lab.
-----Original Message-----
From: G Hopkinson <>
Sent: Tue, 30 May 2006 12:44:44 +1000
Subject: [Leica] RE: dog bird (Steve Barbour)

Steve I enjoyed your image of the statue with adornment.
Well timed, exposed and captioned!

I note that you have listed the lens as the pre ASPH Summicron 35.
This is a lens very high on my wish list and you clearly enjoy using it.
The perspective in the stone work (ie vanishing point effect) seems quite
pronounced for a 35. I'm inspired to have a play with that focal length on a
statue locally now. Nothing like trying to rediscover basics to get

Also I see that you have used a CN process B&W film.
The grain seems very fine for 400ASA in your scan.
I've only just started to play with HP5, Delta400 and TX400 again after a
VERY long period of shooting all colour neg. All for me exhibit much coarser
grain it seems (self processed in D76/ID11)Of course , not to say that is
necessarily un-desirable.

Have you chosen the BW400CN for processing convenience or more because
you're pleased with its performance?
Have you experimented with shooting CN & then Photoshopping to your desired
BW output?
Thanks again for sharing an enjoyable image.



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Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 15:42:43 -0700
From: Steve Barbour <>
Subject: [Leica] at the tulerie gardens...Paris
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Zeiss Ikon ltd 35/2 summicron pre ASPH BW400CN

thank you for looking,

comments appreciated,



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