Question for M Film Camera Owners

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by Biro, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Biro

    Biro Leica Place Rookie

    Mar 30, 2013
    Jersey Shore
    For those who own Leica film cameras, how do you process your images? Do you still have darkrooms? Do you send out your film to be professionally developed into negatives? And, once that's done, do you have them printed professionally? Do you do your own printing? Do you scan your negatives and then switch to a digital work flow?

    I'm asking because, as I search for a Leica film camera of my own, I'm trying to work out some of these questions for myself. I'll probably be shooting mostly black and white. I used to have a darkroom in the 70s and 80s. But I suspect that won't be practical for me these days. I'd like to know how others are managing their work flow.
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    "When i have more free time"- I will start doing B&W again, process the negatives and scan them. I have the enlarger and support equipment, but the develop and scan allows this to be done in a half-bathroom.
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  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    I drop mine at a local lab for developing and high-quality scanning.
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  4. cobbu2

    cobbu2 Leica Place Regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    Rockville, MD
    Almost always I'm using black and white film; I process it myself then scan to jpeg files with some adjustment in PS Elements. I have a darkroom and print only the images I want to display at home or on request by others.
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  5. chris0202

    chris0202 New to Leica Place

    I also mainly use B&W film and process myself. TMAX in HC-110 takes 5-6 minutes developing and 5 min fixing. Not really too time consuming. Slides go to AgX.

    Scanning wise, I use my digital camera and macro lens. This involves more manual labor and getting-used-to but "scans" faster and yields better results (as you can do stacking without losing resolution).
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