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K. Praslowicz 4:58am, 12 November 2007
I went for a walk with my Loaner Leica yesterday, and spent today making some prints.

There has been something that I've been searching for photographically since about 2001 that I've never been able to get my hands on, and I think I finally may have found it. I think this may be the first time I've ever done work with 35mm where I look atthe results and went "Yes. I'm satisfied with the technical aspect of this print." And to me, that is huge. I love my large format stuff, but dammit, its so inconvient to use is most situations.

I think I might finally spend more then $200 on a single camera. ;)

I uploaded some of the results to my stream. But I'm still a firm beleiver that scanning & digital display does a dismal job at presening tradiational work, so I'll probably show up at the next meeting with a few prints so anyone who wants to see what this equipment can do, can see it in its proper venue.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Very cool -- can't wait to see them!
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The photos that you put on your stream are amazing, even if they are scanned. The b&w tones are perfect and beautiful.
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
Today, the owner of my would be future camera was telling me how he was reading some guides, and came to realize that his camera is a mint condition copy, which I agree with. There is nary a scratch anywhere on the chrome. The only flaw I could find with it was a slow shutter, which would be expected with any 40 year old camera that never went in for service. Anyways, this revelation hinted at the price he will be looking at to be higher.

Meanwhile, the camera is still in my grasp, and if any of you have seen what I've done to my Speed Graphic over the years, you should realized that mint condition & myself do not get along. I'll still defend myself that stripping down to my boxers and running 100 feet into lake superior with a wood & leather camera balanced on my head was a good idea. The picture I got is awesome, well worth the price of having the leather fall off, and having to dissemble the whole damn thing to clean the water, and sand out so I could re lube it to make it work again. (Try doing that with your digital). It looks very war torn after that photo, but that doesn't alter its functionality.

Anyways. The mint thing scared me. I don't want to pay a premium for something I'll end up running into the ground. So I hopped on eBay tonight, and just did a few quick searches on the older Leica bodies, to see what is affordable. Even if I dind't buy his, I feel committed to acquiring one now. Searching eBay I found another M3 that was closing in a matter of hours. The current price was ridiculously low, and the photos showed a body that I could beat the shit out of, and not feel like I was ruining something. I took a pot-shot bid, and at closing, I now own this beautiful M3, at roughly 50% what I was expecting to pay for the pristine version sitting on my desk right now.

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Assuming everything goes well, and a cheap CLA gets the important parts in operational order, I'll need to name this bad boy. Something very mean sounding.
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edgeways 11 years ago
Spike?
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Nothing is tougher then a un-tough name... Call it KITTEN.
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
Or maybe "KISSES"

I'll also need to go get one of those sappy "SMILE" stickers that dentists would give out and paste it to the front.
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duluthiscool 11 years ago
something very mean sounding? well... it is already wearing the name tattooed on the body...

"US Government"
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
Mmmm. Think if I make an official looking laminate that just says "US Government" for when I use that body, that I could pretty much go wherever I wanted?
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Isn't the lense the important part for this camera?
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
"Isn't the lense the important part for any camera?" is probably more accuarate. ;)

And yes, it is. Enternal cosmetic appearance is the least important, so saving 500 by getting a beat up one, makes perfect sense to me.
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
I wasn't arguing that or trying to be a smart ass.
I realize that good glass is important for any camera. I also understand that the appearance of a camera case doesn't matter as long as the mechanics are fine.
I was trying to ask if the big attraction for the Leica Range Finders were their lenses. I should have re-phrased what I said I guess.
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
I wasn't arguing that or trying to be a smart ass.

Don't worry. I didn't take it that. All the assyness in that was purely my ass.

I was trying to ask if the big attraction for the Leica Range Finders were their lenses.

Indeed. Only took me one roll on Leica glass to convince myself to commit to start building a nice rangefinder kit. Although the most expensive 35mm format lens I own cost me a mere $50, so I'm sure even a mid-range lense could have taken my breath away. Voightlander-Conina has been doing some excting stuff with M-Mount lenses in recent years, so I'll probably buy some of those well before I plop $2000 on a Summicron. Seriously, what good is having a camera heavy enough to knock a bum out with one swing, if doing so if doing so might break a $2000 lens? I'll try it with a $300 one first.

Again, sorry if the previous post offended you in any way. :(
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Absolutely no offense take.
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
And for those who are interested, the digital results of my little battle between the two cameras.

CLICK CLICK CLICK
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Yeah, this was what I was expecting! Much better resolution and contrast (and, yes, sharpness) with the Leica. That is why is it so renowned. What I would like to do is set up a test with your Leica negative scanned and compared to a D200 and to a 4x5 neg scanned. Are you game?
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
By the way, how much did you pay for the Leica???
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
I'd be game. Altough I believe an more honest comparison is a print from the D200 vs a print from the 35mm & 4x5. At least from my experience, scanning is a step that usually degrades the quality a little, and masks the sublties in film.

The war-torn body was about $370.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Comparing prints was exactly what I had in mind! The final product is the most important thing. Will you be at the meeting week from Wednesday so we can talk more about it?
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
I'm planning on being at the meeting.
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It looks like it was a good test, the difference is amazing.

Were all the shots taken with a tripod or handheld?
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