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A roll of XP2 through the Contax T3

Contax T3 and Ilford XP2

I’ve been promising a review of the Contax T3 for some time now, it’s coming, but progress has been glacially slow. It’s not because I don’t use the camera, I do, in fact it’s almost always in my pocket. I just tend to use it more on those occasions when I haven’t got, or can’t be bothered to take any other camera. With my recent spate of Leica experiences, those occasions have been further apart than they might ordinarily be.

I’m sharing these few photo, not in lieu of a Contax T3 review, more in anticipation of one. It will come, I just need to continue to formalise my thoughts… and put a roll of colour film through it.

I shall say this though, I am very happy with it. It’s doing its job of handy pocket camera admirably. In fact, as of yet, I haven’t really found any reason to complain about it at all. Of course, that does perhaps give away the length and breadth of my review, if perhaps not the specifics of the content… But let’s face it, it was unlikely I wasn’t going to like it, was it?! My nearly finished review does of course dissect the T3’s every function, and if that is of interest, then keep an eye out for the review over the next week or so (maybe subscribe using my big new box further down the page).

In the meanwhile though, hope you like the few photos below. They were taken with XP2, and put through my local high street D&P.

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

XP2 in the Contax t3

 

Thanks for taking a look …

Hamish

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Vernon Szalacha
    June 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Nice shots. I’d love to see you shoot some Tmax 400 with the T3. Recently I found the aesthetic, on Flickr, of that film very pleasing. It’s probably my favorite film from what I’ve seen. Contrasty but not to the point where details are missing.
    As a digital only shooter, I’d love to have a preset to get that look in Lightroom.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I’ve actually just shot my first roll of TMax… Keep an eye out next week for some photos of a bakery.
      Not T3, but fingers crossed they should be quite nice!

    • Reply
      Daniel
      June 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Vernon, you should try the VSCO Lightroom presets. They simulate different film types, including TMAX.

  • Reply
    jeremy north
    June 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I can see myself with a T3. I almost bought a T2 many years ago but it was faulty so it went back. My current pocket camera is a Rollei 35SE with a lens similar to that of the T3 but it is like shooting LF in comparison. So fiddly but wonderful.
    The T3 has to be the ultimate in pocket cameras. Actually better even than most other 35mm cameras no matter how big.

    I’ve never been a fan of c41 B&W but these photographs look really great. I like especially the portrait shots, my favourite being the bespectacled bloke in the street. Crisp and contrasty with loads of detail but not in yer face “PS” stylee. 🙂

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks as always for your thoughts Jeremy!
      Have you seen my 35se post?

      Thats James… He features quite highly on this blog 🙂 – Im a sucker for XP2, I just find it so easy to shoot with

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