I got into film photography in 2017 starting with a square format TLR before picking up an Olympus 35 RC which became my daily carry. I love the tiny RC and the relative quality you can get out of the Zuiko lens, the 42mm focal length also really seems to suit my perspective when shooting street. I wanted something a bit more special though and something that could be adapted to different uses as I like shooting portraits of family and friends, and the occasional landscape too.
With the imminent arrival of my first born I managed to convince myself that a Leica was the right choice for two reasons. Firstly I wanted a camera that would (hopefully) last a lifetime. Something that would be with me through the years that I could document my family with. Secondly I wasn’t sure when was I going to be able to justify dropping that amount of money on a camera again. So I’d better get it now! Makes sense right?
The amount of information you can pull off the internet is sometimes a curse and I found myself paralysed by trying to make the “perfect” choice. I had ebay pages and blog posts open for weeks at a time trying to decide exactly what I wanted. After much deliberation I picked up a Leica M4-2 and Zeiss ZM 50mm f2 Planar from the lovely people at West Yorkshire Cameras.
I struggled to get to grips with the 50mm at first for my usual wider street shots and was a little bit disappointed my compositions on the first few rolls I had developed. The technical results were brilliant though and I was really happy with the portraits and more intimate vignettes I had shot. The shots here are all from a holiday to Malta I took a few months after picking up the M4-2, on my favourite stock Kodak Porta 400.
I hope you enjoy these images. I post my film photography on Instagram as onehp if you’d like to see some more.