First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

By Hamish Gill

Saturday just gone, the 9th of May 2015, I did my best to put my election result woes to one side and make my way to London for a day out. I had two reasons to be there, the first was to meet up with a bunch of photographer for a bit of a chat with Johnny Patience, followed by a wlk across lndn. The second reason was to pick up my new Leica M-A from the the Leica Store in Mayfair.

I’ve actually got half a roll of the early part of the day, but its stuck in my M3 at the mo… I got all excited when I got the M-A and bagged the the M3 for the rest of the day. Despite this excitement, I actually only achieved a single roll of film on the wlk itself… I think I spent too much time gassing!

Anyway, though they are few, I’m reasonably pleased with some of the shots I got on lndnwlk, especially those of the anti-tory protest we happened upon near Trafalgar Square.

Having and shooting my own Leica M-A was of course also a pleasure… I didn’t even last a month after I reviewed it before buying one…

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Cheers for reading

Hamish

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By Hamish Gill
I started taking photos at the age of 9. Since then I've taken photos for a hobby, sold cameras for a living, and for a little more than decade I've been a professional photographer and, of course, weekly contributor to 35mmc.
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Ricky Lai on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 07/07/2015

Nice series, keep shooting with this "toy"
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Captain Grimes on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Hi Hamish, these are some fantastic pictures. I have really been enjoying your results with Portra - is this Portra 400 again? Would you be minded to reveal the secret of where you get your films processed and scans? I have almost complete loyalty to my M3, but you tempt me to try an M-A ... Thanks for sharing - I have been enjoying your blog immensely.
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Thanks... My secret is not one that is going to reveal much I'm afraid, I just use my local high street D&P. They just happen to do a pretty good job most of the time... I can't recommend the M-A enough, it is a lovely thing, and so nice to own a Leica from new! I'm pleased you enjoy the blog :)

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Ray on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

I've been playing 'spot the Hamish' looking at other peoples' shots from the day. Gotcha on mirrorlessons.com! Looks like there were several Leicas around the table, bet none of them were quite as brand new as yours though. Enjoy it Hamish. I really like the composition of the waiter shot, almost more like a Belgian or Dutch scene than one from London.
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

I have literally never seen so many Leica's in one place ... When we met the other 30 odd people, at least 50% had a Leica! Thanks Ray - Nice to hear from you as always!!

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walker on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

New gear photowalk with JP... what a beautiful day! btw, I like every single shot
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Thanks :)

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saptarshi on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Very nice photos. Do you zone focus? I ask because I always have trouble taking shots of moving crowds.
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

I do sometimes, but not with the moving crowd shots, most of them were shot at f/2 - f/4. Nothing more than practice I'm afraid. I don't always hit though - the shot of the waiter outside the restaurant is a missed focus, but I'm always getting better at focusing quicker and more accurately I think What camera do you use?

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saptarshi replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Hello I use a leica m7( inspired by you). I used to use a bessa r3a but th focusing was always unsatisfactory. It is true, the leica has way better focusing and the feel is nicer. Though the bessa is actually a very nice camera save for the focusing. Often I feel I got the focus correct (on the leica) but my situation is like stealing cake icing. After nicking a bit of icing, I adjust it here and there till I've finished the icing ( missed the moment). I should take more pictures. You're right about practice. Last, those were at f2/f4 ? Do you use nd filters? Or is London that cloudy?:) here in San Francisco I rarely get a chance to use f4 even with films I've rated at 200. Cheers again. Your blog is a pleasure to read. I think what I like about yours and Johnny Patience's blog is that they both have a sense of humility.

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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Glad you like the blog, and I am especially pleased there is a sense of humility in my posts! :) I don't use an ND, just rely on overexposure latitude ... Try shooting Portra 400 (or pretty much any modern neg film for that matter) in the midday sun at f2 for a couple of shots, you will see there really is no need to worry about overexposure - Have a read of JP's post on the subject here - this post is also useful! :) On focusing, I have thought about writing a post on rangefinder focusing a couple of times, but I'm not sure I have enough to write ... My main tip is just allow yourself trust in your own instinct and judgement rather than spend so much time looking through that patch. Press the button when you first think it is right rather than double checking a few times. Sometimes it goes wrong, but at least you are shooting quicker. I bet you miss less than you expect you might!

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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 12/05/2015

Oh and the M7 is a gem - the best AE RF in my books - and thats including the Zeiss ZM. I've not been using mine a lot lately, but it has just gone to Leica for a service :)

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Dominik Mrzyk on First Roll with my Leica M-A – Lndnwlk 3.0

Comment posted: 11/05/2015

Very nice shots, Hamish! Enjoy your new toy! I mean, tool. :)
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Hamish Gill replied:

Comment posted: 11/05/2015

Cheers Dominik - I'm fine with "toy" ;)

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