Headless

Tenterden, England. 2022

Although this was shot on a previous roll of Kodak Pro Image film, it might be one of the last roll of colour film I shot. Ever since Kodak’s announcement of a 20% price increase on film I’m beginning to doubt whether or not the use of colour is sustainable. You only have to Google colour film prices. Last pack of 5 Pro Image I purchased was £26.00, now anywhere from £37 to £42 RRP. With current prices and the added development cost, which for me is working out at £13 to £14 per roll. Seems silly when I have a digital Leica M-P (Typ240) sitting at home.

On a side note, I also noticed the price of a bulk 30M roll of Fomapan 100 has gone up. I last paid £42, which works out at £2.10 per roll for twenty 36 exposure films. Now listed online between £58 to £60.

Leica MP, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Drylands

Isle of Sheppey, England. Summer 2022.

An image we can all relate to here in the UK and Europe at the present time.

Leica MP, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Social media

Tenterden, England. 2022

Think I was drawn to the hat and the car, shame he wasn’t reading a book really. I normally do try to avoid taking street pictures of people with phones. It seems everyone’s got one either sitting or walking, it’s like a drug that they are all hooked on twenty four, seven.

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Jubilee

Tenterden, England. 2022

Before anyone asks, yes the post was leaning over. The pavement is on a bit of a slope, even the lamp post is leaning on the street corner.

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Quality time

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica MP, Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Wait for it!

Sheerness, England. 2022

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Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

I love the look on these Spaniels faces.


So my Leica M6 is no more.

I took the above picture last month on the M6. This was one of a few films that were not fogged, indeed Weekend Races image was from the same roll of ProImage. Despite being returned a couple of times for repair the fault kept arising as you can see below. As you can see the problem was still there and was getting worse with each new roll exposed.

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On side note, I noticed I’ve been having issues with white spots on my negatives. This turned out to be my fixer, which I hadn’t noticed was dated 03/2020 …oops! Then I found in my photo cupboard another black concertina bottle from my late father, marked ‘fix’ and dated 2007. This is what came out of the old bottle below, glad I didn’t use it. The black fragments in the sink make me think the inside of the bottle had been slowly deteriorating.

Anyway, back to the M6 issue. It went back to the dealer again and this time I was offered a full refund. But then thinking about it, was only another £1600 ($2,100) for a new ‘M’ body. So I am now the very proud owner of a shiny new chrome MP. Wish I’d done this in the first place but I was stupidly thinking it cannot happen to me again and the first few rolls seemed alright with the M6. I did ask what they where going to do with my faulty M6 and was told it would be sent back to Wetzlar, Germany for an complete overhaul.

Expensive I know at £4100.00 ($5395.00) but it’s not second hand, comes with a year warranty plus an extra year if you register the camera with Leica AG and top and base plate are made of brass not zinc.


Black and white images, Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 400 film rated at an ISO of 200.

Weekend Races

Isle of Sheppey, England 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm ASPH and taken on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

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.