Little teaser before I put up a small triptych of my new camera :)
I've missed shooting film after selling off my EOS-3 to a fellow flickr user quite funny enough, and as much as I loved the ease and handling of the EOS-3, it was just too bulky and it didn't make sense having a full frame 5d alongside a canon film camera of the same dimensions with the same lenses.
I've been interested in rangefinders for a while, avidly following John Sypal's tokyo camera style tumblr where he always encounters many film users and especially after my friend Chris introduced me with the Epson RD-1s, although digital, I loved the rewind lever and it's incredibly small size and super sharp lenses that made even a 50mm 1.8 look gigantic in comparison! It marvelled me that such a small lens could produce results better than that of my 35L or 85L along with all the new dslr lenses with autofocus and nano crystal coatings and what have you. Beside just the quality of a handmade, full manual lens produced almost 50 years ago, there is just something magical and fun shooting with a rangefinder style camera. No blackout in the viewfinder when taking a picture, overlapping the image in the finder for that perfect focus and composing within frame lines given for a specific lens really makes you think more about composition and I feel like I take more care in taking a single photo instead of when snapping away and checking your results with digital. Mijonju and Kai have talked about this many a time on their inredible and entertaining vlogs and I really understand where they come from after this experience.
I've found my passion again, in picking up my camera to capture memories everyday, which makes me, for lack of a better expression, happy.
I'll talk about the experience with shooting leica in particular and the m5 itself in the next photo, but I think I've rambled on long enough :P
Finished my first roll of portra yesterday and I'll be picking it up tomorrow, so hopefully everything turned out alright! (I have nooo idea if the meter or the lens or body have any issues but waiting and seeing the pictures you took (and many you forgot taking) is something I've missed quite a bit)
Tagged some flickr friends (sorry if you don't like being tagged :P ) who's streams I follow and draw lots of inspiration from that have incredible work and who love to shoot film as well, so I'd be love to hear your experience with it and keep up the amazing work :)