Happy Friday! Today I wanted to post a nice daily inspiration from a guy who bought his first Leica camera recently, the Leica CL. He has been enjoying it and sent in some images which I really enjoyed. There is just something about film and how it renders colors. As much as I love digital and film, digital just can’t get close to film for colors. Film renders in a more “real life” kind of way and that is probably why I like it so much. Thanks to Andy for sending these in! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂
First off, how are you, second, thanks for a very entertaining and informative site. I find my self browsing pretty much every day as part of my ‘web routine’! You and your site have got me shooting film again and purchasing my first Leica.
It was by pure chance I came across this CL. It was i the window of a local camera shop here in Innsbruck where I live (I’m from London). There it was sitting there, I had to do a double take. Anyway, straight out with the iPhone to do some on the spot research as I’d never heard of a CL. Saw a few prices on Ebay and that was it. I actually took the monumental risk of saying to the sales guy I’d come back for it in the morning… (hence restless nights sleep). I did find out a few days later when i told my Leica shooting friend about it that he’d walked past the shop that very afternoon but didn’t bother to check the second hand window! He would have had it like a shot. Anyway, as you can see the CL is in pretty much perfect condition – there’s not a mark on it actually. The Cron-C 40mm f2 has Made in Germany stamped on it whilst the Elmarit 90mm f2.8 has Canada. I’m sure, from my research, that the Elmarit that came with the original set was supposed to be a f4. Well, I picked up the whole lot and the flash unit for a mere 425 euros with original case for cam and Elmarit.
I’ve attached a few snaps from my first test roll (Superia 200) – they were processed and scanned in a little shop here in town. Scan resolution is 2000 x 3000 so not really that great a quality, best they can manage. I’ve done a little PP on them just to brighten things up as I reckon the scans were a little dull. Portrait shot is converted to black and white in Lightroom. I didn’t want to over PP them as I really wanted to retain the film results as close as possible. The landscapes are the view from my garden, the little fella is my son, Noah, the rest are snapshots from Innsbruck.
Well, I’m off to London next week and the CL comes with and I will put it through it’s paces there and see what I come up with. I hope to have something to send you for consideration on your site!
Hope all good over your side of the planet,
All the best, Andy J”