A little while ago I returned to Kings Farm. I knew that I would not be able to come here for a long time, but this was a place I had once been every day and which rekindled my love for photography. I had a half-used film in the Leica, left over from Lynn's visit, and popped on my old Industar 10, which had lain neglected for years. I took a couple of shots self-consciously similar to those which I used to take here - and which in normal circumstances I would never dream of posting :)
The negatives arrived yesterday, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The Industar is the grandfather of Soviet lenses - the standard lens of the original FED rangfinder. It is often described as a copy of the Leitz Elmar, which is an oversimplification, although both are externally similar and said to be comparable performers. Even wide open the lens was perfectly sharp and here, at around f8, the results were exemplary. I was particularly pleased that the character of the lens shone through: This picture could have been taken 80 years ago - and I'm not sure it wasn't :)
Tiny and very light, the lens fits marvelously well on the Leica and the whole camera balances exquisitely - much more so than with the heavier, faster, Summitar. I wish I had a subject worthy of it :)
Kings Farm, Horseway, Cambridgeshire. Leica IIIf, Foma 200, Industar 10, 50mm f3.5, red filter. 1/100th@f8.