Digital Leica M9 vs. Bessa R3A 35mm Film

Leica M9 vs. 35mm B&W Film Comparison (with same lenses on both cameras).

Leica M9 + Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 T Lens. (Sharp!)

I think this model portrait of Yulya taken in Ukraine looks a similar to low contrast film such as Fomapan. I have not shot any black and white 35mm film since buying my Leica as I keep telling myself the B&W photos from the Leica M9 are almost indistinguishable from those I have taken with my Voigtlander Bessa R3A film camera.

So.. time to make a head to head comparison using the same lenses on both cameras (Voigtlander glass). I hope film can proof me wrong and come out the clear winner but I think the Bessa is up against strong competition.

I have 2 fashion shoots booked in London tomorrow with model friends so i’ll take both cameras and do a little side by side comparison experiment. Once the film is developed I will post some samples from both cameras. Will we be able to tell the difference!?

Results and full details coming soon! 🙂

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – UK Leica M9 Photographer

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About matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.
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3 Responses to Digital Leica M9 vs. Bessa R3A 35mm Film

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Thanks for doing this.

    • The weather in London yesterday was horrible and wet for the most part so I did not want to change lenses between the Leica M9 and Bessa R3A in these conditions. I still did the 2 model fashion photography shoots but the experiment will have to wait until a day with better weather! I’ll post as soon as I have some results to share. 🙂

      See next blog post for a few Leica M9 samples fro London!

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