I did a shoot with Stacey recently in my home studio in Coventry UK. I decided to shoot my Leica M6 35mm film camera up against the medium format 6×6 Hasselblad 501C film camera. To give the Leica M6 rangefinder a fighting chance I loaded it with the super fine Ilford Pan F 50 film and attached the super sharp Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO lens. I did do a few wider shots with the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii lens which is also nice and sharp. The Hasselblad was already loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 but for some reason I thought it had Fomapan 100 film is so shot the roll of Tri-X 400@100 and developed accordingly Both rolls of film were developed in Xtol developer. Click any photo for more details.
Here is a sample of the film scans:
Hasselblad 501C + 120 Fomapan 100 Medium Format Film
Leica M6 + 35mm Ilford Pan F 50 Film
I was also using my digital Leica M8 for the shoot and it still impresses me as to how film like the Leica CCD sensor appears. Here are a few examples.
Leica M8 Digital Camera
Leica vs Hasselblad – Results
I think the Leica M6 was at the top of it’s game and thanks to the choice of Ilford Pan F 50 film. I actually preferred the Leica M6 photos on the whole to that of the Hasselblad. That is quite an achievement as the Hasselblad has done nothing but impress me since my purchase. The real test will be using the Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm f4 CF lens + 120 Ilford Pan F 50 film for sharp lens and super fine grain film. That said, it’s great to remind myself of how good the little 35mm Leica film cameras can be.
Big thanks to Stacey for putting up with my usual array of quirky cameras pointing at her! 🙂
I was using the Nikon D800 for most of the studio shoot with model Alex so I dug out my Carl Zeiss Jena (“CZJ”) Sonnar 180mm f2.8 lens to have a play with.
I bought the Sonnar originally to use on my ARAX-CM medium format 6×6 film camera. Due to the larger medium format film sensor the Sonnar 180mm is the equalent of approximately 92mm f1.4 on a 35mm camera so it can give some really nice shallow DOF shots.
I know it is known to be a nice lens for film but it just cannot compete with the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s in terms of resolution wide open or stopped down on the D800. The result of this effect has given this D800 photo a more vintage look straight from camera which is quite nice.
I plan to do some more 120 film photography with it when I get chance.
In terms of shallow DOF medium format film camera lenses the Contax 645 CZ Planar 80mm f2 equates to 46mm f1.2 in 35mm sensor terms and the Mamiya RZ67 110mm f2.8 Sekor lens is equal to 52mm f1.3.
If anyone wants to sell me their Konica Hexanon 60mm f1.2 for my Leica M9 I would be very grateful!
Nikon D800 was back in action today after a few months break. I gave the Leica M9 a rest and let the D800 take over.
D800 B&W JPEG
Studio Shoot. Coventry UK.
The D800 DSLR is so fast and easy to use after using a rangefinder for a while. Especially when using very shallow DOF as I do. I wont list likes/ dislikes here as full comparison of the two cameras to follow.
The Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s was on the D800 for most the day. Fantastic lens that I love shooting close and wide open (f1.2). The old manual focus AI-s Nikkor 50mm f1.2 is in my top 3 Nikon mount portrait lenses that I use for my model fashion and beauty photography. I tend to use it less for wedding photography unless light level are very low.
Miserable dull weather in the UK today. I was using mix of Arri light and a speedlight lighting
**Good news. I did break out the Leica M9 towards the end of the shoot so new examples to come using the Leica M9 + Jupiter 3 (Russian copy of a Sonnar 50mm f1.5 lens) combo. 🙂
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Leica M cameras are my workhorse tools for all types of photography, both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. I also use medium format cameras such as Hasselblad and Mamiya (+ 4×5 large format cameras) and develop my film in house. The majority of the blog content is either Leica M camera related or film photography. I photograph people; models, fashion, lifestyle, wedding photography so most of my photography is portraits, experimenting with various cameras, lenses and films. The digital Leica M240 camera is my do everything digital M camera but I shoot film whenever possible.
Hi, I started this blog page in March 2013 after my Flickr followers keep asking me to share some of my thoughts. To give you a brief background, my photography began in 2008 after getting a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 for Christmas. Today I have a lot of cameras and offer Photography Tuition to those who often get paid for their work. Besides teaching, I shoot as a Wedding Photographer and Model Photographer. I am 100% self taught so thought a blog would be a great way to share some of the things I have learnt so far. At the end of 2012 I started to develop a passion for Film Photography and in the summer of 2013 I bought my first Leica camera. I am now officially a Leica nut and use a digital Leica M240 and M8 plus Leica M3s, M2, M4-P and M6 film cameras for most of my photography. This includes Leica wedding photography, Leica lifestyle photography and Leica fashion / model photography. I also enjoy using medium format film cameras such as the amazing Hasselblad 501C 6×6 camera (my main medium format film camera), Fuji GF670, Rolleiflex SL66E, Mamiya RZ67 Pro2 to name a few and 4×5 large format film using a 1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Sinar F2. In 2014 I started to teach portrait photography and lighting in London running monthly group photography workshops. Currently I teach photography on 1-2-1 basis providing 1-2-1 photography tuition (normally with a model) on location, often in London if on location and in the UK, from my Coventry UK studio or overseas such as New York, Zurich and Amsterdam.
Destination Leica Wedding Photographer
Leica Wedding Photographer offering desination Wedding Photography both in the UK and overseas. Natural documentary style wedding photography fused with stylised wedding portraits. As a Leica photographer I like to work quietly as an observer in the background and photograph by available light where possible. I use both digital and film Leica cameras but my passion is film photography.
Traditional Film Wedding Photographer UK
Film wedding photographer that still prefers film cameras in the digital era. I use 35mm Leica film cameras, medium format Hasselblad cameras and large format film cameras. If you appreciate film photography as much as I do then I would be delighted to cover your wedding. You may have already booked a wedding photographer but like the idea of a few special images shot on film? I would be happy to oblige!
Engagement photography is very rewarding and I enjoy working with a couple to create natural yet stylised images using a aray of cameras to give you as set of unique looking images. E-sessions are invaluable for giving couples experience in front of the cameras ahead of their wedding day and it gives us a chance to get to know each other too.
Large Format Portrait Photographer
Large format camera portrait session that gives one of a kind photos. 4×5 format sheet film images and instant Polaroid photos. I fuse my model photography experience with my passion for film photography.
Leica Lifestyle Photographer
I have realised from how I direct my model shoots that I am in fact a lifestyle photographer. Posing often everyday people in everyday situations to look very natural. I have not yet branded myself as a lifestyle photographer but it may be a route I take in the future as this style comes very naturally to me and I find it easy to work closely with my clients to get the best from the images. If you are looking for new and creative photos for your social media site, blog, website or business then do get in touch.
Studio based model photographer in Coventry specialising in black and white female portraiture using both digital and film cameras. I help new models build a model portfolio and regularly collaborate with model agencies and published models in the UK, Europe and the US.
UK Photography Workshops
I provide 1-2-1 photography tuition and lighting workshops from my Coventry studio and on location. I will help you to understand light and your camera to enhance your photography. Through 2014 I was running London photography workshops teaching small groups of photographers how to work with a professional model on location. Currently I focus on providing 1-2-1 tuition rather than teaching groups both here in the UK and overseas.
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