Leica M3 Calibration
Me having coffee with my trusty Leica M3 DS after it was recalibrated by the amazing guys at Aperture Photographic, London. I think that they are probably not the cheapest but they go the extra mile when it comes to service.
For example I have not used my Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 (per Ken Rockwell)(but i'm advised it is an v4) for a long time as I thought it was mis-calibrated. Such a shame as it is the perfect 50mm in terms of size/aperture ratio so I miss it. I asked them to test it and they got sharp photos at f2 in front of me. I test and blurry. We diagnosed that I shoot at .68mm on the lens so it was always soft. At 0.8m it is perfectly sharp. Super happy. As I returned the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm I will now use the Cron 50 instead of the 50DR on the M3. Cost to 'fix' the lens. Nil. :)
Photo taken at Camera Cafe - f2.8, 1/8, shutter cable with camera resting on the table/handheld
Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 + 21mm extension tube + Fomapan 100@400
Xtol 300:Water 700, 10mins, v800 scan