Films to be used with Leica lenses

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by kenny_chiu|8, Jun 26, 2000.

  1. I need your suggestion for film (print, slide for color or B&W) to be used with Leica lenses. Recently I have tried AGFA APX 100 and I like its grainy and heavy texture it produces.

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    Any film that is your favorite with your Lieca lenses. Thanks.
     
  2. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    For B&W I use Kodak Tmax-400 and 3200 and Tri-X because they are more
    or less "habit" now. I like Fuji Astia 100 and Velvia 50 every
    once in awhile. I'm not one to experiment a lot, I guess.
     
  3. Gosh, Kenny, I've never thought of matching film to lens.

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    Erwin Puts swears by Kodachrome, especially K25. Others say Leica
    works best with B&W film such as Tri-X or XP2 Super.

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    I use Provia F mostly, Velvia hardly ever, and K25/K64 occasionally.
    For B&W Scala and Tri-X. I love Scala, but contrast control is tricky.
     
  4. Gosh, Kenny, I've never thought of matching film to lens.

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    Erwin Puts swears by Kodachrome, especially K25. Others say Leica
    works best with B&W film such as Tri-X or XP2 Super.

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    I use Provia F mostly, Velvia hardly ever, and K25/K64 occasionally.
    For B&W Scala and Tri-X. I love Scala, but contrast control is tricky.
     
  5. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    I shoot Tri-X no matter what. I haven't found that it changes with lenses. I shoot it in 120 also.
    The only exception is with my pinhole camera, because Tri-X doesn't give long enough exposures at f138 (the only choice with the pinhole) to control exposure in daylight.
    I don't shoot color in 35mm, I don't like the way it looks.
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    Bank Girl, Tri-X at 320 in Rodinal, copyright 2000 Jeff Spirer
     
  6. For color slides - K64 (and K25) seems to me a classic combination.
    These work fantastically because they are so sharp, nice neutral
    color and can bring out all what Leica lenses have to offer.

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    For black and white I would have thought that FP4/Tri-X/HP5 could be
    considered classic combinations.
     
  7. For Black and white : Tri X At 400 or 800
    and Tmax3200 at 1600 or 3200.
     
  8. I'm a big fan of Kodak's new Supra 400. But, due to the addition of a
    Sprintscan 4000 and an Epson 870 to my digital darkroom, I'm likely
    going to switch to trannies. From what I've seem Provia 100F looks
    like a winner, and there are rumours of a matching Privia 400F due out
    this fall. That would make available light shooting on chrome a
    realistic option.
     
  9. Kenny, I use a lot of black and white: Agfa 25 and 100. Rodinal with
    25 - Microdol mixed 1 to 3 with both: 12/13 min. for 25 (rated at 12)
    and about 15 min. for 100 (rated at 50) both temperatures at 20 C.
    You'll be hard pressed to find grain in these negatives in the grain
    focuser under the enlarger and the tonality and sharpness is great.

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    I prefer leicas for black and white and color in either leicas or
    nikons.

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    For color I am partial to Fuji Reala 100 and Superia 400 and
    sometimes 800.

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    For slides Fuji 50 and 100 and Kodachromes - Also Scala, a fabulous
    film.

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    Wladimir Schweigert
     
  10. The Leica is such a great low light camera, that I find myself not
    wanting anything in mine less than 400 speed. I rate Fuji 400
    negative at 320, and the 800 at 640. With the 800, if I can see it
    decently with my eyes, I can take a hand held shot of it with my
    Leica and usually get good sharpness in very natural light, like
    window light indoors. I can't believe how good these higher speed
    negative films have gotten in just the past 3 years.
     
  11. I've used E100SW almost exclusively for nearly two years, but am now
    considering Velvia or a simple reason which has nothing to do wth
    lenses: the flash sync speed of the M camera. 100 ASA is just too
    fast!
    In fact the flash sync speed is the one thing that lets the M series
    down, IMO.
    Rob.
     
  12. I shoot Efke KB-100 and KB-25 and soup in PMK. I used the Beutler soup
    for about 15 years but after trying PMK, will not go back. Efke films
    which are very much the same as the old Adox films can be had from
    Freestyle Sales.

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    Was using Delta and T-Max before I found Efke.

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    Sharpness tip: use the tabletop/ballhead braced upon your chest, or
    wall or boulder or tree or building.
     
  13. Dear Ken,
    I have had very good experience with Kodak's E100VS. It is
    faster than Velvia and not quite so contrasty or hard on skin tones.
    I shoot it at a full 100 ISO. For dimmer available light I have had
    very good luck with E200 shot at ISO 400 and pushed 2 by a
    professional color lab. I recently tried the new Provia 400F in my
    Canon T90 and think this is a great available light film, as well as
    a for super telephoto with my Canon long lenses. I have not yet tried
    it in my M6, but My initial impression is that the new 400F is
    slightly colder than the E200 shot at ISO400.
     

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