Light leaks

Normally I wouldn’t have bothered posting about another Leica rangefinder with another light leak (Previous Leica M4-2 light leak – Wetlands) but this turns out to a different problem.

After the first couple of films the M6 started to develop a problem which a first I thought might of been a light leak through the top of the door flap on the back of the camera body remembering the image is always upside down in a film camera. After which I tried to find the problem by exposing the camera to various light sources to see if I could narrow down where the light was getting in. This did not work, after developing a 12 exposure strip the film was clean, everytime!

I puzzled about this because none of the negatives had fogging across the sprocket holes only in the middle of the exposed negative. As you can see the very bottom of the negative is perfectly exposed. Not only that, on a roll of 36 exposures there would only be a few frames with these marks.

After some research online I’m pretty certain it is the shutter failing. I found on the Rangefinder forum an old thread about an M6 with the same problem. They found that some faster speeds, the shutter curtain was coming adrift causing the same fogging marks as mine has. The rubberised shutter curtain is not shutting at the top of the frame at same time as the bottom of the curtain at faster speeds thus allowing extra light across the exposure. It doesn’t effect every image as you can see with the previous pictures Winter Light and Onward, as I found the camera was fine to use at no more than 1/125th and below. Say this though, it would only be a matter of time before the shutter curtain failed completely.

Luckily for me this camera come six months warranty. So reluctantly, I carefully packed it plus added copies of the offending negatives and the camera is now on it’s way to have a repair and be serviced.

In hindsight knowing this camera body dates from 1986 from the serial number and is near pristine condition, so I do wonder how long it had been stored away in some cupboard only to suddenly find itself being used most days. You could say this idiot broke it by using the camera and expecting too much from it. Now, I just hope it not to long away at the repairers.

So if you see anyone online saying their Leica has these strange fogging marks across their negatives, point them in the direction of this post.


Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 film.

A Dogs Life

Broadstairs, England 2021

Spotted this little chap sitting on his mistress knee outside a café in Broadstairs high Street and my dog Charlie didn’t even notice him sitting up there.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens.

Winter light

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 film and a B&W yellow filter.

Onward

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken Ilford HP5 plus and a B&W yellow filter.

Market

More expired Fujicolor 200 film, this time Faversham market, England.

I was looking for colours this particular day. I took the shot because of the Baby Walker which I’d not seen on of these wooden and metal walkers for years, think they are all plastic these days and this example was in very good condition for it’s age. Just didn’t notice the statue in the background when I shot this composition.

ESSO Mascot

Some of the other wares laid out across the medieval street stones.

Fuel cans

Final frame in Faversham that morning before heading off to Whitstable harbour previous post ‘Harbour

Two Sacks

Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 duel range.

Shot on expired Fuji Color 200 film.

Harbour

Whitstable harbour, England. September 2021

Don’t think the colours are too far out considering this film expired in 2004. These picture I shot the same day as the image of the ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man

Simon Isaacs

I’m please to see Fuji film have announced the release a new Fujicolor 200 last month. Some have reported it maybe a rebranded Kodak Gold, as the curves diagram in its datasheet for this film emulsion look very familiar to Kodak Gold 200. Either way nice to see Fuji continuing with a budget film stock in their product line.


Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 duel range.

Shot on expired Fuji Color 200 film.

All to Much

This little chap was inside the Chequers shopping Maidstone, England. Dead to the world around him, think Christmas shopping had become all to much for him. After I’d taken the first shots his old brother told his mother, who I later reassured that I’m just an amateur street photographer and give her this website address. Halfway through our conversion, we noticed in his hands floating in his sleep. It almost looks like he’s playing a piano in his dreams. So glad I got this shot and hopefully his mother will be pleased with this picture of her little son.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summicron 35mm ASPH.