2016 a year of film

Camera n.1 : Leica M6 (Kodak Tri X)

2016, was a very good year for film, and not just only for me. It looks like the medium is getting some traction again. Kodak announced the come back of the Ektachrome, Film Ferrania works hard on producing some film in the near future, Cinestill 120 format is delayed but hopefully will be ready this year.

Camera n.2 : Leica M4 (Kodak Ektar)

So start of the year, time to look in the rear view mirror, as I did last year.

Camera n.3 : Hasseblad 500cm (Rollei RPX 25)

I managed to beat my own record by shooting 64 rolls this year, 10 more that last year. With both 120 and 35 mm format that should be close to 2000 pictures.

Camera n.4: Canon EOS 1n (Fuji xtra 800)

Below is breakdown of the rolls shot by camera:

Camera Number of rolls
Leica M6 28
Leica M4 13
Hasselblad 500CM 6
Canon EOS 1N 5
Leica IIIc 4
Nikon F 3
Agfa Isolette III 1
Kiev4 1
Lomo Konstruktor 1
Minolta Himatic 7s 1
Olympus mju1 1
Camera n.5: Leica IIIc (Kodak Tri-x)

This year I also offer you a breakdown of the films I shot :

Kodak TriX 10
Kodak TMY 7
Rollei RPX 100 7
Fuji Across 5
Fuji Xtra 800 5
Kodak Ektar 5
Rollei Retro 80S 3
Rollei RPX 25 3
Rollei Slide 3
Cinestill 800 2
Fuji 800 2
Lady Grey 2
Rollei 400s 2
Cinestill 50 1
ilford delta 3200 1
Kentmere 400 1
Kodak Portra 400 1
Rollei Retro 400S 1
Rollei Super Pan 200 1
Tmax 100 1
Shirokuro 1
Camera n.6 : Nikon F (Shirokuro 400)

The majority is 35mm, back and white; but there are about 10 colors rolls and a total of seven 120 format films.

As I explained in last year post that 2015 / 2016 saw my enthusiasm for Leica grow, it culminated by the purchase of a M6 Classic in June 2015. This year I made a couple of short trips on film only, with the M4 and M6, this only reinforced my attachment to these cameras and pumped up the number of rolls this year.

Camera n.7: Agfa Isolette III (Rollei RPX 100)

On the down side, I had a couple of issues this year : Summilux aperture blades getting locked in Hong Kong (that’s been sorted), the Leica III not working again (that’s half sorted again). I also let go a couple of unused camera : the Zorki C and the Nikon F4, they went for close to nothing but were not getting any use due to do their unreliability. They found new homes now, so long.

Camera n.8 : Kiev IV (Kodak Tri X)


2016 a year of film

The Kiev IV is still alive

The end of 2016 was fast approaching and looking at the treasure chest (and my spreadsheet of films shots during the year), I looked at camera who had not went to the field.

The Kiev IV is one of them, and I felt the next trip to Dakota was a good opportunity to take it for a spin. I loaded a roll of Tri-X and pocketed (so to speak) the body, the 50F2 and the 35F2.8.

My Kiev now has a new skin (no more mummy look), and no more light leaks (fingers crossed). So it does not look to shabby anymore and is quite a usable device.

The light-meter on mine is dead, or maybe is it too complicated to use. I find the speed control very difficult to use, and difficult to read with my poor eyesight at close range. The rangefinder with its lighting window below the shutter is not great as I always have a tendency to obscure it with a finger or the other.

I always like the images that the Kiev produces, my two lenses are very sharp, the rangefinder when not blocked, is very accurate. The speeds on my copy are quite on as well. But this fellow stays in the cupboard (actually a giant Tupperware) because of its not so friendly controls (speed change, shutter button, lens change, winding, loading of film). I think it even compares negatively to the Leica III.

This says I love the pics, I may get rid of my set this year, it may be a cheap entry  level rangefinder for someone else, who knows.

About Dakota Crescent estate, you can read more on other posts, around mid-December the place is quite empty now.

This is a roll shot with the Kiev IV Camera, Jupiter 35 or 50 lens on Kodak TRI-X.

Scanned at home on Epson v500.

The Kiev IV is still alive