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Well Pieter, despite your tale of woe regarding the C41 film, IMHO you have turned out excellent images, with XP2S 1 my pick of the four. Looking forward to seeing the others and perhaps showing one without the necessary tidying up for presentation? Just a thought.

And thank you for being the first and bringing this challenge straight in to 2024.

BTW, we are driving down to the south coast tomorrow to stay with my son and daughter-in-law for a couple of days. Im planning to take my M2 along to give my new Leica collapsible 50 and 90 lenses a try out, with a nice roll of safe HP5+

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2024 at 22:44
Excellent images, indeed, Pieter - I can only second Brian's verdict.
The "Remains of the venus temple" make an outstanding image, IMO. And you used the Dynax 7 for it and that rare 35mm lens - great work!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2024 at 08:08
You can develop XP2 in normal B&W chemistry like Rodinal (R9) or HC110.

It sounds your roll was developed with out much love. Unfortunately.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2024 at 10:58
Thanks for the comments gentlemen, The Dynax 7 I bought from Brian (bonneville) made me keep several good A-mount lenses and it's a joy to use them on this camera. Good luck with your HP5+ in the M2 Brian, it's going to be my next film/camera combo as well for a trip to the Folon foundation at Chateu La Hulpe south of Brussels next week.

Addy, I've read lots of articles about that and tested even one film in Rodinal in the past, but the best results seem to be achieved when you expose at 200 iso and I didn't find the sharpness or grain any better than my trusted FP4+/microphen combo so I decided to finish my last roll at box speed and develop at an external lab which is what I regret now, but there's no way to correct that mistake other than endless spotting in lightroom/photoshop

Here's the next four:

XP2S 5: Another follie in Park Schildehof, "Bobine-les-bains", now an overgrown ruin



XP2S 6: "Bobines-les-bains"-2



XP2S 7: Gistfabriek (Yeast factory) along the Albert Canal in Wijnegem



XP2S 8: Side view of the Yeast factory


All Dynax 7, 5&6 + Minolta 35/2, 7&8 + Minolta 17-35D


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2024 at 21:14
OK, the last four

XP2S 9: New bridgehead



XP2S 10: The tram at Wijnegem Fortveld towards Antwerp City center



XP2S 11: Christmas market on the Groenplaats in Antwerp



XP2S 12: The "Grand Bazar" shopping center


All Dynax 7 + Minolta 17-35D


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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2024 at 15:08
Enjoyed them all Pieter and I'm very pleased the Dyxax 7 is working well for you. I really like the eeriness of XP2S 5 and 6.

We have just returned from the south coast (Lee on the Solent) for a whistle stop visit as my son and his wife are off to work in America for three years very shortly. We had a lovely visit but the four hour drive was in the worst weather imaginable with continuous torrential rain and gale force winds! By the time we arrived unscathed and went for a walk (trying to stay on our feet) along the sea front it was already dark, hence no photos. But this week I plan to take the loaded M2 out somewhere!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2024 at 16:19
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Yes, M-lenses can be expensive. But there are some Leica bargains to be found if you're looking around. Probably the cheapest is a 90 mm Elmar f4. Excellent lens that can be used wide open without a problem and over here you can find good copies around 100 . The oldest model Elmarit 90/2.8 is hardly more expensive and around 150 gets you a decent copy.

Other ones to look at are the f3.5 and f2.8 versions of the Elmar 50 mm. Good copies can be found around 200

Just make sure when you buy one of these they don't have too much "haze", all will have a bit but since it only reduces contrast and not sharpness it's not a very serious problem. Obviously fungus is a clear no-no.

Thanks again for your advice, and now I am better equipped to take:

the M2 with its two "Leica" collapsible lenses (50 f3.5 and 90 f4) with absolutely no haze or fungus.


Loaded with HP5+ and I'll do my own developing, scanning and converting. (Bob J you have a lot to answer for , Thank you)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2024 at 16:35
That looks like a lovely set Brian!
I have an older version of the 50/3.5, from 1949 with M39 (LTM) thread and a very finicky aperture tab around the front lens and no filter thread:


and a non collapsible version of the 90/4.

Optically these lenses are identical so I'm sure you'll enjoy them a lot.

B.t.w. with an adapter these lenses also work nicely on any Sony mirorless
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2024 at 19:11
Yesterday I developed my next film, HP5+ in ID11 at box speed.

Here's the first four (eight more to follow to come to one-third keepers)

1: Inner court of the Folon Foundation in La Hulpe



2: One of Folon's famous statues



3: The inner court from the other side



4: A stampede passing Chateau La Hulpe


All Leica M2 + Summicron 50/2 (v1, rigid), HP5+, ID11 1:1 "one shot"
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Second set of four photos

All the same data as above

5: Photographing the swans (with Chateau La Hulpe in the background)



6: A snow drift in our street



7: Banana bridge, remains of the north end (with the former yeast factory in the background)



8: Banana bridge, remains of the south end (with the Wijnegem watertower in the background)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2024 at 10:27
And the last four, since it was "day prime 35" I changed the lens

9: Oostende seawall



10: It's complicated



11: Who's walking who?



12: Wetlands after heavy rain


All same data, except lens used on these last four is the Summaron 35/2.8
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Well done, Pieter! You are doing brilliant work with the 7. Of the latest set, I like #9 and #12 the most. There's a lot of negative space in #9 (the sky), but the shapes of sky and buildings, and beach, balance perfectly.
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Have you ever heard of or do you remember the........

Eggciting Journey Around The World ???

You will find it here. The first part ran for 67 pages and part 2 to page 28 before it concluded, with a mystery!

Never heard of it? Well in an egg shell it started with a little egg with legs visiting Dyxumers all over the world, and at each stop the temporary carer for Egg took it to their local sights and photographed it having fun before it was packed up and sent on to the next volunteer Dyxumer at a new destination. The project lasted for well over three years and when it was my turn to host I was still working and took Egg to my place of work where it got up to some really Eggciting adventures, including riding on the roof of my car!

Somewhere along the journey a second egg joined in but eventually they both disappeared without trace.

Prompted by this adventure our very own Bob J wrote several articles on 35mmc about the Travelling Canonet project, which was based on Dyxum's egg project but involved a film camera (ah! now you can see where this is going) sent from person to person throughout the globe, and it was a success. Each recipient was expected to take a shot or two on the current film and whoever finished the film was expected to replace it with a new black and white film and get the finished roll processed for display of the images.

The camera chosen needed to be a working film 35mm camera but of minimum value to discourage it from being taken away and never to be seen again. It also needed to be simple so that it had some chance of surviving the travel and handling.

Since many years have passed since the Egg travels I got to wondering if there is any appetite for Dyxum members, particularly with an interest in film photography to start up a similar project now with a dedicated thread for the resulting photographs to be displayed and enjoyed by everyone. Of course the camera would need to be a model from the Minolta stable to stay loyal to the forum, and if there is any "worthwhile" interest I happen to know from where a working Minolta 500si super could be donated to the project.

Interested? Pop your ID and global location in answer to this post and let's see if sufficient members are up for it and since I brought up the idea I would be willing to project manage it.

Over to you film fans (and any other photographers that would be interested), it is where this hobby of ours comes from.

Brian


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Mmm, sounds eggciting, also because I have used such a camera in my dia-film days.

So: Harm vb, Gorinchem, Netherlands is intending to join .

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