TMP Gear

The gear I use, if its of any interest is as follows…

Leica M2.
Of all the cameras I have ever used and that is an embarrassing amount, the Leica M2 is the very best. The Leica M2 is a 35mm purely mechanical rangefinder camera. Like the Rolleiflex there are no electronics, no computer, no auto-focus, no multi matrix meter thingy. Beautifully built and feels good in the hand, its just begs to be used. The texture of the vulcanite and the hand milled metal knobs make the Leica M2 very tactile. My lens is the collapsable Leica 5cm Elmar, it only has four lens elements but is surprisingly sharp. A little soft at f/2.8 but stopped down a little it is as sharp as anything made today.

Leica 5cm Summicron f/2
Leica 5cm Elmar f/2.8.
Leica 9cm Elmar f/4

Simple an amazing miniature camera or as you would call it today a 35mm camera mounting probably the best 50mm lens ever made.

My 1957 Leica M2 and 5cm f/2 Summicron. Simply an amazing miniature camera or as you would call it today an amazing 35mm camera mounting probably the best 50mm lens ever made.

Rolleiflex 2.8C
Another German camera with a heritage almost equal to that of Leica, the twin lens Rolleiflex is a pure mechanical camera. No plastics of note, no electronics and no meter. Pure control. The film advance is smooth as silk, however, the finder is no that bright. But the Rolleiflex 2.8C with its awesome 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar lens is photographic joy, the results are superb from those large 6×6 negatives.

80mm f/2.8 five element Carl Zeiss Planar.

Canon MC.
MC meaning Micro Compact. I came across this little beauty a few years ago when an on-line retailer was just happening to sell one. Complete with flash, presentation case, full documentation, instructions and original purchase receipt. An impulse buy at £40. It looks like an ugly Olympus XA, has auto-focus, takes AAA batteries and has a motorised film advanced that sounds like a coffee grinder on heat. But, the 35mm f/2.8 lens is excellent.

Film Stock, Developers and Scanners.
I like to keep things simple, for medium format monochrome it is Ilford HP5+, for 35mm monochrome it is usually Kodak Tmax 100 and Ilford Delta 100, for colour it is the excellent Kodak Portra 400. My preferred monochrome chemistry is Kodak HC-110, Rodinal and FX-39. Colour chemisty is Tetenal Colortec C-41. Film is processed in a Jobo rotary. The negatives are scanned on an Epson v700 using a Mac. Software wise I use Lightroom for basic adjustments such as contrast and levels. I also use Affinity Photo for de-spotting, the heal brush is superior to the Adobe programme.


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