Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2018/06/07

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Subject: [Leica] First film in a long time
From: tmanley at (Tina Manley)
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2018 16:21:07 -0400
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I do prefer the phone photo in these.  It makes me wonder why anybody
bothers with film these days.  I don't have the time, patience, or money to
use film anymore.


On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 12:43 AM, Howard L Ritter Jr <hlritter at>

> I decided to dip into film photography again, and this is the first fruit:
> <
> We were driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in western NC near the town of
> Boone. I pulled into an overlook to watch a spring shower move across the
> mountains and valleys. I captured a B&W film image with a Leica R9, 21-35
> Elmarit, and Tmax 100, and one with my iPhone. I?ve posted both, both
> tweaked for contrast in PS. I?ve also posted the iPhone image converted to
> greyscale, just for comparison.
> I certainly like the B&W, but I?m not sure this kind of largely
> mid-grey-toned scene (as opposed to Lluis-type street scenes) is what B&W
> is made for. Here I think the color image works best.
> And I?m either disappointed in the quality of the film image or impressed
> by that of the iPhone image ? both, I guess. This kind of image quality
> from a camera tucked in almost as an afterthought, just because they could
> do it, into the corner of a cell phone! That?s borderline miraculous.
> I didn?t expect this much grain with Tax 100, but I may have been
> heavy-handed with Photoshop on the film image. Also, the scale of the
> iPhone image is larger, with an equivalent FL of 28mm vs. the 21mm of the
> film image. I?m going to scan the negative with my own scanner to get
> equivalent pixels-per-degree in both images, re-process them both, and see.
> C&C welcome.
> ?howard
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Tina Manley

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