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Developed Roll: Leica M2 w/ Canon 50mm f1.8 LTM

In my (hopefully deceased) search for the perfect 35mm rangefinder, I decided to pick up a Leica M2.  While I already had a Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM, I felt that I could really benefit from a 50mm focal length.  After a bit of reading, I came across the “Japanese Summilux”, or the Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM.  While the extra half of stop would be nice, I decided to go with its slower sibling, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 LTM at a fraction of the cost.

To put both the lens and my ability to judge exposure without a meter to the test,  I took my M2 with 50mm attached and HP5 loaded and left the light meter at home.

I took my camera to an exhibition hockey game between the University of South Florida Men’s hockey club team and the USA National Women’s Hockey team who are currently on a tour to garner excitement and get a bit of practice in before the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea later this year.

While shooting a hockey game is typically no easy feat with a dSLR due to the tricky lighting, I found that shooting meterless and on black and white film was definitely a bit more rewarding.  Not to mention manually focusing a subject at f/4 that was moving at high speeds.  All in all, I was very satisfied with the results.

All images were taken on a Leica M2 with a Canon 50mm f1.8 LTM on Ilford HP5.

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Developed Roll: Polaroid SX-70 // Polaroid Originals Black and White

It is truly exciting to see that some of my film photo friends are receiving emails regarding the shipping and delivery of the new Polaroid One Step 2.  I still eagerly await my delivery email, but I’ll try to remain patient. Back when I preordered the new Polaroid camera, I also bought a pack of new Polaroid Originals Black and White for my SX-70 to test out.

Through shooting my first pack, I have encountered a few obstacles with the film and my camera.  I have found that my cameras electronics are either on their way out, or my battery contacts need a simple cleaning.  First, on two of the shots, the camera died mid-shutter release.  Secondly, on most of the frames, I was left with a milky-look to the frames.  Not going to lie, it has left me a bit disappointed.  Not sure if this was the fault of my camera, the film, or myself for not putting the frames away from light right after shooting them.  Maybe it’s the scanner, too.  Judging by some other people’s photos with the new film, it looks like some sort of user or camera error on my end.  Ah well, better luck next time.

Overall though, it’s extremely exciting to try something new, and I am glad that these film packs, albeit still on the expensive side, have come down more than a third of their former price.  For now, here are my first photos with the new film stock.

All images shot with a Polaroid SX-70 on Polaroid Originals Black and White Instant Film.