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And the last four are from a visit to Fort 4 in Mortsel:


9: Honouring a former commander on the guard house



10: Main entrance to the central part of the fort



11: Guard house of the officers quarters



12: Part of the main front building


All Dynax 7 + Minolta 35/2, film data see 2 posts up


Next step is completing the roll of Porta 160 that I now loaded in the "7", so stay tuned
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Well Pieter, I think you should return the "7" to me as it seems to be taking far better photos than when I had it . But then again, in the hands of a Master is it any wonder. Your photos are very good as always

Seriously I am very pleased you are pleased with it and enjoying the experience. But now I know that my "9" is working fine I have to confess it is not the camera for me. I'm glad I've had the opportunity to experience it but I am not that comfortable with the weight and size, and I do miss the data-saver I have for my 7LE. So it will be appearing in the exclusive sales very shortly. Exactly as I bought it last month with the addition of the missing hot-shoe cover, so it is totally complete with eye-piece and flash socket plug.

(And I need the funds to help me finance the Leica M2, Leitz 50mm f/3.5 collapsible Elmar lens, Leicameter and case I have recently purchased )

Looking forward to seeing more of your film photos.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2020 at 12:34
Thanks Brian, I promise to show more if you promise to also show work with the M2 + Elmar. I have and still use my M2 and also have a collapsible 50/3.5 (that my father bought together with a IIIf in 1949 and some other lenses as well.
Shooting a Leica rangefinder is a totally different experience and requires a little more thought and planning, but is also rewarding if the results come out OK. Some of my M2 results can be seen on page 6 and I hope to finish at least one more roll in that camera before the challenge is over.
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Very nice sets, Brian & Pieter.

Pieter, glad you are enjoying the 7. Access to the last 7 rolls shooting data is such a great feature. Iíve only ever shot Nikon pretty much since I was 14 (36 years ago!) and owned many manual & AF Nikon film cams, but I prefer the Alpha 7 to all of the AF cams including the F6. I wish Iíd bought this camera earlier. Along with my F3HP itís become my main shooter.

Brian, I now find myself looking at Maxxum 9ís on eBay with a DM-9 data back but I doubt one will ever appear. Is it the size and weight you donít like? Seems like an amazing cam but pretty beefy. Iíd love to try one one day though but not sure it can top the 7.

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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Very nice sets, Brian & Pieter.
Brian, I now find myself looking at Maxxum 9ís on eBay with a DM-9 data back but I doubt one will ever appear. Is it the size and weight you donít like? Seems like an amazing cam but pretty beefy. Iíd love to try one one day though but not sure it can top the 7.
Thanks for your comments Dean. I currently have eight cameras on the go! Four film: Leica M2, Minolta X-700, Minolta 7LE and Minolta 9. Four digital: RX100iii, NEX-6, Sony a7ii and Sony a7iii (in truth there are also several film bodies and a Konica Minolta 7D lurking unused in cupboards too).

More than a couple of years ago I culled virtually all of my Sony A-mount cameras and lenses and moved to the E-mount, a move I do not regret but yet again I seem to be gathering more cameras and equipment so it is time again for an unload. Of the film I am enjoying the Dynax 7 (makes me think and slows me down) and the Manual Focus X-700 (makes me think even more!) and I now understand why people say they will never part with their Leica. Of the digital I love the RX100iii for its absolute usefulness and it goes with me virtually everywhere. The NEX-6 is too old to be worth much and is fun with adapters and the wonderful a7iii has rendered its predecessor redundant for me.

So I have decided to lose one of each and the 9 is too large and heavy for my taste and the 7ii will make someone an excellent first buy full-frame mirrorless camera. That is why they are both on the exclusive sales page and they will go to eBay next month if they don't sell here.

I enjoyed your first roll with the 7.



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I know exactly how you feel, Brian. Iím currently on the tail end of a severe culling phase. It getís to the point where you have so many choices that it kind of ruins the fun. Iíll never learn though.

Pity about the Minolta 9 but thereís no use keeping something that doesnít suit. Itís always fun trying though. Iíd still like to find one with the DM-9 data back as Iím obsessed with high tech old gear :) It also plays well with Meta35 which I already have.

Iím way too invested in Nikon manual lenses to ever move to another manual system, but I see that X-700 on your list pop up everywhere in my reading. It must be a great camera. Every Minolta/Sony A shooter seems to have one. Itís probably the equivalent of a Nikon shooterís FM2n or FE2. I know very little about Minoltaís pre-AF gear, and not much about their AF stuff in fact. But learning.

One thing I have realised, is that they were cutting edge at the time. Itís a pity that theyíre not around now as it would have been interesting to see what they would have come up with.

Even though Iím not shooting much digital, I wouldnít mind trying my new Minolta AF lens collection on a native A mount digital camera at some point. I had a look to see if Minolta ever made a full frame digital but they didnít. Just cropped cams like your 7D, which seem great, but I like FF. Then I found the A850. This camera seems perfect for a film shooter. I can see a lot of Minolta film DNA in this camera. It also has a massive OVF, no live view, no touch screen, no video, no scene modes... It seems like a film camera with a FF digital sensor in it. I read that itís even noisy over ISO 400 ... perfect!

Maybe I can find a CF card for it that only holds 36 files :)

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Great to see more great shots coming in!

I just got a visit from the obscure battery fairy, who delivered a brand new 2CR5 battery - so I've now loaded some (rather out of date) NeoPan 1600 into my Dynax 7000i... AF speed is somewhere between the nippiness of later models and what I remember of the (distinctly pedestrian) 9000AF...
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2CR5 is not that obscure, having said that, I have to get some for my Contax RX.

I have some film, need to scan it. Considering getting VueScan as Silverfast no longer supports my Plustek 7200i and I noticed the Canon 9000F is not as good for 35mm film.
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Happy bonneville today. I took my latest member of the film bodies family, a minty Leica M2 for its first trip out, to Stamford market and I fired off a complete 24 exposure roll of HP5+. I'm getting a dab hand at developing now but was concerned, for the first time ever using a camera with no light meter, what I would find. Well it seems that all looks okay on the negative strip. I won't really know until I scan the negs with my a7iii and Sony FE f2.8/90mm macro and then I'll see if I coped with the focussing as well as exposure!

I know this is Dyxum and it is probably heresy to say it but using a Leica rangefinder for the very first time was a joy and I'm beginning to see what all the fuss is about.

Hopefully will have scans ready for display here tomorrow.

Next body, the Minolta X-700

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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I have some film, need to scan it. Considering getting VueScan as Silverfast no longer supports my Plustek 7200i and I noticed the Canon 9000F is not as good for 35mm film.


I'm also considering getting Vuescan to produce "raw" scans in dng format and then reverse the negatives with NegativeLabPro as mentioned by Dean earlier in this thread. I've researched this set-up a bit and the results look pretty good and not too user unfriendly. But I still need to take the plunge and download the software to test it out (which can be done before buying the licenses).
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My roll #3:

Leica M2 with Leitz 50mm f/3.5 collapsible Elmar, Ilford HP5plus 24 exposures, exposed employing the Sunny 16 rule!
All taken on 23 Oct 20 in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

3.1


3.2


3.3


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Roll #3 - second and final four of my 1/3 keepers:

3.5


3.6


3.7


3.8


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This has been a "challenge" in every sense of the word this year as this has been my first attempts at home developing and after being disappointed with the local photo shop efforts to scan my negatives I now do it myself using this setup:



The black card template stops excess light from the lightpad and I found it much easier to move the negative strip along for each frame so that the camera settings (f5.6 1/25, manual focus) do not need to be changed and there is no movement of the camera. Even the slightest alteration magnifies movement at 1:1 which is why I also use a radio remote to trigger the shutter.

So the four stages: Shoot the film; develop the film; scan the negatives and convert to B&W in Affinity Photo. It has taken me to my 73rd year to do this so its never too late to learn and it is still a work in progress.


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Are you sure you hit focus perfectly? They look a bit soft - I would think it could be sharper when using a camera.

The pictures are nice btw. I like 3.4 best.
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