my daily carry


1969 Leica M4, Leica Summilux 35mm F1.4 v2 & Sekonic L-308 meter.

This little rangefinder travels with me everywhere I go, coupled with an old 35mm F1.4 Summilux (a.k.a: The greatest lens I have ever used). The ‘lux is an impossibly small lens with a propensity to flare & never really be that sharp wide open, but adds so much character & charm to the images it creates. For me it really sings with a yellow filter mounted, loaded in to the battered lens hood which screws apart to accept Series 7 filters.

Being serviced & repaired many times before I purchased it the focusing is quiet stiff, there where problems with the lens barrel & focusing helical so it was reassembled tightly otherwise it could slip out of alignment. I was told if I could acquire a donor lens barrel I could get it repaired, that was almost 10 years ago & it’s been fine apart from being stiffer than normal which I don’t mind as I can set the focus distance without fear of bumping it.

Tucked inside the camera on its worn base plate is a small sticker label, yellowed with age, that reads 18 Feb ’71.

I have no idea of the label’s meaning aside from guessing it’s a service date of some kind. The camera’s origin is a bit of a mystery, a previous owner said it had been a news press camera in Chicago (from memory), but the fact the label has been there for 47 years undisturbed has prevented me from removing it; a little piece of its past to great me every time I reload.


TMax 400 in Rodinal 1:50 – 2 stop push

So, I will be processing a roll of film for someone else shortly. It is a roll of TMax 400, shot at 1600. Sharpness and grain are required, so I decided to grab a roll and try it out in Rodinal 1:50.

Knowing that TMax 400 generally requires less time for any given developer, and ISO rating, when compared to Tri-X I shortened the developing time from 30 minutes to 23 minutes. After looking at the results, I think i will process for 26-27 minutes because they probably could have used a little more time in the developer. I actually may just go for approx. 30 minutes. Grain wise though, I’m pretty happy with the photos – nice tight grain. Good sharpness too, but TMax films always scan better than Tri-X in my experience anyway.

I met up with Bryn and Jeremy for a post-work catch up and we walked down through Darling Harbour to James Squires Brewhouse on King St Wharf, taking a few photos on the way. My approximation(s) look a little off, the photos are a bit underexposed – though it does make them more moody. I think that I was expecting the ‘brighter’ upper mid tones that I’ve become accustom too shooting Tri-X.

All shot on the M2 and 35mm Summilux pre-Asph