Well, this happened so quickly. Before Leica M10, I never thought I would own multiple Leica systems. Not only they are pricy but also one ‘M’ should suffice. However, when I needed 28mm lens, I thought of Leica Q which is in fact cheaper than Leica M 28mm lens. Then recently I wanted to experience analog film camera so much. So I bought Leica M7.
I was curious about digital Monochrome, then I realized that you can’t really simulate analog film with image post processing with digital output. So I decided I would go for black and white film. My first black and white film was Kentmere ISO 400. It was good. But I felt too much green in the black and white while I found that TMAX produces high contrast deep dark black.
Like I expected, it produced high contrast clear image. Even with ISO 400, I don’t feel much grain. Also it had great dynamic range. So I was able to capture both bright and dark area equally good.
I always wanted to capture snow scene with black and white film. Here it is. Just the way I expected. My dream became true. Of course, I wouldn’t notice if I was asked to tell which photos are from film vs digital black and white converted version. But no matter what others would say, I love this film photo a lot!
when it comes to film photos, I like it even better with a color negative film especially Kodak Portra 400 film!
Not only Korak Portra has rich color but also ISO 400 produces enough grain to tell me this is indeed film output.
I bought more films today. It’s definitely pricy. Kodak Portra 400 costs $10 per unit, and if you need to develop it in high-resolution, you need to pay $9 more. So 36 photos will cost you around $20 with a film. On top of that, I need to spend more time in visiting a photo development shop or purchasing a film weekly or so. I am not sure why I fell in love with this slow yet pricy analog Leica M system, but it sure gives me more energy and inspiration for my photography work!
I sure like my digital Leica M10, but I would take maybe 50% of my photos with Leica M7. Let’s see which version makes more precious memories for my life!
Analog film vs Digital what would be your choice?
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