The Red Door

Garage Cottage, Dungeness, England. 2022

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

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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.

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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.

Testing, testing.

As many of you know I don’t often shot colour C41 or even E6 films, which for the life of me I don’t honestly remember when I last shot slide film. Having taken some colour images in Honfleur, France and watching Youtube videos, like by the German photographer Robin Schimko who sometimes uses colour film for street photography, I’m coming around to the idea of shooting a little more colour in my photographic life.

Kodak Pro Image 100 film

So I thought next year on our next trip to Normandy I try and use only colour film, just carrying my Leica M3 and Summicron 50mm. There is a possibility I might have a Leica Elmarit 90mm f2.8 lens as well in my camera bag if I can find a good example. I have both the Summicron 35mm lens plus two 50mm Summicron’s and for a long time now have been thinking about getting a Leica 90mm lens. Don’t not think I’ll be buying a Summicron 90mm non APO or APO versions as although it’s extremely good lens, it is enormous! The Elmarit 90mm f2.8 is far smaller with a E39 filter thread as my other Leica lenses and having seen the specifications on the Summicron 90mm lens I think will be like shooting a rangefinder with a house brick attached to the front of the camera. This lens weights in at 17.1 oz or 484 grams compared to the Tele-Elmarit of 7.957 oz./225.6g

Ken Rockwell review of the Summicron 90mm lens https://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/90mm-f2-m.htm


Onto the results of using Kodak Pro Image film, in a funny way to me this film look reminds me of the old Kodachrome in these pictures below. All pictures have been shot with no filters, shot with different light conditions and where exposed by using +1 stop with my Weston Euro Master lightmeter.

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I used various C41 films over the years, I think mostly either AGFA Vista 200, Fujifilm Superia 200 or Kodak Color Plus 200 but like many I miss the good old days being able to purchase reasonably priced 100 ASA colour print films. There are of course a few options on the market, Kodak Professional Ektar 100 is a great film but the colours look a little rich for my taste, Kodak Portra 160 Film for a pack of five is twice the price of the Pro Image film pack. Another option would be to use a slide film like Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 but the price at £15 or $19 a roll with the processing cost on top seems somewhat high and to me looks as it would be better used for high end portraits or landscape images as would any of the dwindling offerings from Fuji’s Fujichrome stable. 

Recently I purchase a five pack of Kodak’s Pro Image 100 film and am pretty pleased with the results of this first test roll. I don’t do reviews but this film I found to give a very good render of all the colours I observed when shooting this film. The only issue I found was during scanning with my Nikon Coolscan V scanner was I did find the images appear with a blue cast and never noticed this with either Agfa Vista or Kodak’s Color Plus films. This was corrected easily with Gimp 2.8 and the only other step I had to undertake was a little straightening on some of the pictures.

One simple click of Gimp’s white balance control cured the blue cast.

All images taken on my Leica M3 with the Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Pro Image 100 film in October of this year.

Development of this film was done by https://www.ag-photolab.co.uk/

Robin Schimko website: https://www.fotodesign-rs.de/