Crying

Crying

Usually i take happy pictures of my Kid, this has got to be the only shot when i capture her crying :)

Shot using a Seagull TLR scanned with a Epson V600

Ektar 100 Rocks ! – A review

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Just managed to shoot off one roll of Ektar 100, usually i am mostly a B&W kind of guy so i don’t really shoot a lot of colour. But after i see the scans from my Ektar 100. I am amaze at the vibrant colours that came off the scans! They reminded me of slides films, i think Ektar could be a good replacement if you like slides, considering that E6 process is getting harder to find and expensive.

Kodak calls Ektar “The Worlds Finest Grain Negative Film” and i tend to agree, scans show minimal grain.

Ektar promises

  • Ultra Vivid Color
  • Exceptional Sharpness
  • Extraordinary enlargement capability
For those who like camera porn information, all shots taken with a Leica M2 with Voigtlander Color Skopar 50mm F2.5 with a Voigtlander clip on meter. A Nikon Coolscan V with VueScan was used to scan all the negatives using the Lock Film Base Colour method and Generic Negative. Slight post processing include levels and vignetting.
You can click on the images for the larger image.
The film seems to emphasise the reds and the greens very strongly and gives off a saturated look overall.
For skin colour, it renders Asian skin tones quite naturally. Perhaps just with a tinge of redness or warmness to it.

Don’t you just love the colours :), one thing i found was that if you underexpose Ektar it tends to colour shift. I haven’t really try overexposing Ektar and see what’s the effect on the scans.

I think Ektar is one of those films perfect for those who like vibrant colours and want to go back to seeing those colours pop up like colour reversal films. I still have another roll around, and will continue to experiment with it.

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My First Roll with a Leica M2

I have always wanted a Leica, not that to show off or anything but I have always been intrigue by why photographers seemed to like the camera and lenses made by Leica. I have owned rangefinders like the Bessa R, Yashica GSN but everyone seem to say that you should try to own a Leica to see the difference. Recently I have begin to start clearing out my dry box, too many camera’s and lenses, with the money i managed to get for myself a nice Lecia M2 that is much older than me.

First Impressions

It’s a heavy camera, but not as heavy like a D7000 with a 28-70 F2.8 on it. It’s confortable to put a wrist strap on and just walk around the whole day. You can tell that there are lots of metal parts all around the camera. The thing that impress me the most was how all the components seems to move very smoothly, especially the film advance lever, the resounding “tud” when you have reached the end is nice. The shutter is definitely much quieter than the Bessa R, the shutter button is nice and light, unlike the Bessa where there is a certain tension to the button

The film loading is cumbersome you really need to site down and load the film, in case you drop the film spool. The rangfinder patch is nice and bright , but i would probably rate the Bessa R finder better since you can’t really see the 35mm frame lines on the M2 if you are wearing glasses, but on the Bessa R you can see more of the frame line.

Overall feel is that this is a workers tool, well made and designed to last.

Some shots from my first roll using HP5 and the Canon 50mm F1.8 LTM


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