Featured: 'Fall biodiversity with Leica IIIb and Summar' by Mr Flibble

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Mr_Flibble, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

    Aug 16, 2013
    The Lowlands
    Went out for a walk to test a camera this last Sunday. It's been exceptionally warm this weekend for the time of year. So I took the opportunity to shoot some plant and animal life.

    I got the Leica IIIb camera a couple of months ago. It came with a motor drive, but I'm missing the linkage part to use it properly with this camera. Luckily the camera also came with a regular base-plate.
    The Leitz 50mm f/2 Summar lens is an early sample from 1936. The internal lens surfaces had some 70 years of grime coated too them. But luckily it cleaned up very well as you can see by the results. Like most of them this one has cleaning marks on the front element.
    The Leica IIIb is a somewhat rare camera body, with only about 23000 made from 1938 to 1940 and a small batch in 1946.
    It features the viewfinder/rangefinder setup of the later IIIc, but lacks the improved shutter and shutter housing, thus retaining the slightly smaller camera body. The camera needed a minimal clean and some exercise brought the slow speeds back on track.

    The film I used for this test was one of the last remaining rolls of Fomapan 100 Classic. I exposed it as E.I.75 film and developed it in a 1+25 R09 "one-shot" solution for 6.5 minutes

    1. Shrooomzzzz

    2. Shadow lines

    3. Fly Agaric

    4. Albino

    5. Stumped

    6. Overflow of a local fen

    7. Lonely

    Now...to find that elusive MOOLY motor drive linkage arm.
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  2. AlbertTRAL

    AlbertTRAL Leica Place Regular

    Really nice textures and detailed shadows. Thanks for sharing this set Rick. Fine work!
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  3. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Rick very nice, that Summar did a great job on the IIIb- as did the photographer.
  4. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    Thanks for sharing (images and processing). What scanner did you use?
  5. Mr_Flibble

    Mr_Flibble Leica Place Veteran

    Aug 16, 2013
    The Lowlands
    I have an aging HP scanjet G4050, that I use with vuescan.

    Negatives were scanned at 4800dpi, with the default generic film preset, and the black&white points set to 0.001.

    Images were resized and had the contrast slightly adjusted in CS6.