Roll 019 highlights. Leica M4.

A few highlights from the most recent roll. Shot with the Leica M4 on Tri-X pushed one stop.

Sending the Leica M3 in for repair and CLA

The rangefinder in my 1960 Leica M3 needs repair. It stops moving when focused closer than about 4 feet. Time for a complete CLA.

I bought this M3 in 2013 and it had apparently been CLA’d by Youxin Ye in 2012. I guess it’s time for another. I’m sending it to the highly-regarded DAG Camera Repair. I’m including the 50mm Summicron, just in case he determines that could also use a bit of work.

It’s not inexpensive having these cameras taken care of like this, but a few hundred dollars every five or ten years ends up being a small investment. At this rate I should be able to get another 60 years out of it. Well, someone will.

Gail getting ready

Gail. (Leica M4. Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar. Tri-X @800 in HC-110)

Gail getting ready. Shot with the Leica M4 on Tri-X. I normally shoot Tri-X at 320 but the last couple rolls have been pushed to 800. My thinking is that 35mm Tri-X isn’t going to be smooth and grain-free anyway, so why fight it? Also, I dig the increased contrast and the ability to shoot with slower lenses indoors.

Just a tool

They say that a camera is “just a tool”. I feel sorry for them.

Some cameras are also beautiful, meticulously engineered objects that are so nice to look at and so wonderful to hold that they do in fact help me to make better photos. And, as importantly, they let me enjoy making the shitty photos, which frankly are the majority.

I can make shitty photos with any camera, so why not make them with a nice one?


Leica M4 out of storage

Finally, I’ve gotten my beloved Leica M4 out of storage. It’s been in a case in my basement since last year’s move and that’s a shame.

Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar

Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar


The camera was made in 1966 and I bought it in 2009. It’s seen regular, if sporadic, use since then. I think it’s beautiful, and I especially like that it has the M3-style levers.

I have the tiny and terrific Voightlander 35mm Color Skopar on it. That lens is almost toosmall, but it makes fine images and was inexpensive.

It feels good to be using this setup again. I’ll run a few rolls through it and see if I still become fatigued shooting with no meter at all.

Jess plays Keno

Leica M6. 50mm Summicron. Tri-X in HC-110

My daughter really loves playing Keno. Whenever we’re together, I’m forced to play too. Sometimes we win, but mostly we don’t.