Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2020/02/26

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Subject: [Leica] Comparing portraits with Noctilux Monochrom and film
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:51:11 -0800
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Choosing between the two very similar images is difficult. There?s a very 
different tonality in the mid-range that makes comparison tricky and slight 
compositional differences that also accentuate the foreground relief.

I tried to see them without knowing which was which. I prefer the 211 image 
(Diana 4). But it?s not film/digital that makes the difference, it?s the 
shading of her blouse, the lighter skin tones, the absence of shadow at her 
left shoulder. But most espeically it?s the deepening of tone in her blouse 
that really sets her whole body forward.

I think to really judge I?d want to adjust the skin tones so they match. 

At the size of this rendering, however, there?s not a great deal of 

Fun to see - thank you for taking the time and for presenting us with this 

Adam Bridge

> On 2020 Feb 24, at 4:44 PM, Lluis Ripoll via LUG <lug at> 
> wrote:
> These ones are with Leica MP, Noctilux wide open, film Ilford HP5 rated at 
> nominal ISO 400, developed with D23  1:1
> Diana (3)
> <>
> Diana (4)
> <>
> Please compare Diana (4) with this one Diana (1) with the Leica Monochrom 
> CCD, Noctilux f1 wide open, at ISO 1600
> <>
> I think that film?s structure or texture gives despite a very small grain, 
> more relief to the portrait, it looks to me more alive?. What do you think?
> Thanks for looking, your c&c are welcome
> Saludos cordiales
> Lluis
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