Leica 35mm Summilux

Leica M2, 35mm Summilux, Adox Silvermax

5 Frames with a Leica M2 & 35mm Summilux on Adox Silvermax – By Florian Schmidt

Can a playground provide a motif for a series of b&w pictures? There’s only one way to find out – so I stepped through the gate. It was one of those sunny early winter mornings where the light is intense but not extremely harsh yet. Shadows are pronounced but there is still hope to get back more than just the deepest blacks along with the brightest whites. Adox Silvermax at 100 seems like a good choice. Its contrast range is advertised as 14 stops, so let’s put it to test.

Pushing T-Max 400 to EI3200 with a Leica M3 Monochrom and First-Gen Summilux 35mm f/1.4 – Steven Bleistein

If you shoot monochrome film, you don’t have to make do with shooting at box speed if it is a higher speed that you want, and if that is the case for you, you should not hesitate to push process. If you have not heard of push processing, it means altering the developing process so that you can under-expose your film and still get great results. If you would like to learn more about push processing, there is a good article here.

5 Frames and a Movie during the Morning Rush with a Leica M240 and First Generation Summilux 35mm f/1.4 – By Steven Bleistein

Tokyo is notorious for its morning commute rush with most Tokyoites enduring packed trains for an hour or more—which is precisely why I try to avoid peak hours as much as possible. Fortunately in my work, I am master of my own schedule so most of the time I can avoid the rush. Sometimes however I just have to be somewhere and so I join the throngs of salaried Tokyo office workers and carefree students.

5 Frames with a First-Gen Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 Wide Open and a Leica M240 – by Steven Bleistein

About two years back I was perusing Leica lens offerings on eBay and came across this gem, a first generation Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4. It was the black chrome version and appeared in excellent condition with just the right amount of brassing on its made-for-the-M3 optics. The seller was the owner a small used shop in a city in Germany I had never heard of, which I believe he runs together with his wife. The listing was all in German, which I can read just well enough to understand this lens was a great buy. And so I bought it.

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