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5 Frames with… #14: A Minolta CLE / M-Rokkor 40mm 1:2 – By Steven Starr

Hamish came up with the ‘5 Frames With’ idea and I have to say I felt like I was in from the start, given Hamish’s penchant for small simple cameras I had a think about what I had that could fit the bill, and tweeted ‘How about a CLE with Rokkor 40mm ?’ Hamish replied ‘Perfect’ and so I was away.

What about the film to use? I wanted to develop it myself and colour is way beyond me so it had to be b&w, plus the weather was turning distinctly murky and I wanted to use an orange filter also, so I needed a reasonably high ISO – looks in fridge, bingo, apart from the cheeky Sauvignon Blanc there was the Bergger Pancro 400 I had ordered and not tried yet, decision made.

Then what to shoot I thought, no real inspiration was coming to me, but my son wanted a trip to Liverpool to look for an old camo shirt, so although I’ve documented aspects of Liverpool like a thousand times, that’s what I was going to do, again.

So Andrew and I shopped, we ate, we shot and we left. The Pancro was shot at box speed, this despite the filter as the CLE meters through the lens, plus it was my first time shooting with the Pancro so I was playing it safe.

Developed in Rodinal 1+25, 8mins, 20oC, mix once per min, no pre-soak.

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  • Reply
    jeremy north
    September 29, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Nice contrasty images Steven.

    Is the Rokkor lens the same as the Leica 40mm but renamed?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

      It depends on the version – the later rokkor lenses that came with the CLE supposedly had different coatings

  • Reply
    Steven (Stig) Starr
    September 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Thanks Jeremy just to confirm Hamish’s comments the lens I used was a CLE lens with multi coating, the earlier CL lenses did not have this feature. As you can see I also used an orange filter to further accentuate the contrasty nature of the Bergger Pancro.

  • Reply
    David Hill
    October 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Ouch. These are wonderful. What a lovely lens.

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