Which one will win the race? So what camera and lens combination will be the most used one on a day out? Setting: Sun is shining, no goal just some shooting around on a trip to the village and back. Ladies and Gentlemen – the participants:

Leica M3 with an old Summicron 50mm f2.0 mounted and loaded with a roll of Kodak TriX 400
Minolta CLE with a Voigtlander 21mm f4.0 mounted and loaded with Kodak TriX400
Leica M6 with the lens from the above camera – Summicron C 40mm f2.0 and loaded with Ilford FP4 plus 125

Here some more info on the lenses if you like:

All of the cameras are really nice and able to mount the Leica M lenses. The Voigtlander 21mm and the Summicron 40mm from the Minolta are new to me. I tried them the day before on the digital Leica M10 and was surprised about the sharpness of the the small, pancake like Voigtlander.

Voigtlander 21mm f4 on a Leica M10


Voigtlander 21mm f4 on a Leica M10

It was sunny all day today so even the first shots I took on the streets to work may involve heavy shadows. I am expecting the 50mm combination to loose. 50mm is quite narrow if you don’t go out to shoot people that hold still and the M3 doesn’t have a light meter. I had the SEKONIC L-308S with me and used it occasionally to recheck.

To make it short: The Minolta CLE with the Voigtlander won the first round – the one camera that let me shoot my 36 pictures the fastest. I liked it a lot! The light meter in combination with the soft sensored  release button was a joy to use! Of course, I developed the Kodak TriX 400 immediately when I got back from the trip to the village.

Lets have a look:

So what you sadly see, is bad scanning, where I am loosing the focus of the negative because the negatives are not really flat in the the flat bed scanner… Plus chemical problems repeating, because I made use of the JOBO developer again. This time, I made sure, I used max chemicals to find out, that this also doesn’t solve my problem about uneven development.

When I put some of the pictures to paper yesterday evening, they turned out nice about the focus so my worries about the lens not being able to deliver sharp images were wiped away. Just like the Minolta, that stopped wanting to get cocked because of a stuck shutter after I enjoyed it so much that day.

Since it won the race against the Leica Ms, I really started to like this camera already and I will have to investigate, how to fix it because I really want to use it again!

It will be fun to see, what comes out of the other cameras – today, we developed another roll of TriX400 out of an Olympus 35 SP that was with us on this shoot out day. Pictures and opinion will follow.

Sunny days!
(means strong shadows!)

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