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The Unholy Marriage of a Screw-Mount Leica Summicron 50 & a Yashica TL-Super, Captured on Kodak Ultramax 400


Hey, Blogger still works! These are 12 photos I took in my backyard as a test roll to see how a classic screw-mount Leica lens would work with a classic SLR body.

Pretty darn well, as far as I'm concerned! It wasn't really possible to focus past a foot or so, but for close work I found I could adjust a little for depth of field by extending the body of the Summicron in and out.

I was happy enough with the Kodak 400, but in the following post I'll share some of the hallucinatory fever dream that emerged in the next roll, some lightly expired Fuji velvia 50.

Bumbling 

Foxgloves

Smiley Guy

Lens-Flared Japanese Maple

Little Poofies

Coiled Buds 

Gone To Seed

Yellow Iris

Peony

Columbines

Bleeding Hearts

Columbine

Yellow Yarrow

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These are actually my faves from that roll:






Summishica + Velvia 50 = :-0

I was happy with some of the images I got on Kodak with this lens/camera combo; the ones of the Japanese Maple leaves were my favorites, and I loved how the two red peony photos came out.

But.

The finer grain and richer colors of the Velvia took me to another place. You have to remember that, when I was taking these pictures, I had no idea how they would turn out. Because the TL-Super meters through the lens (TL standing for, "through lens," natch) I was pretty confident that they would be metered okay, and I could see through the prism that at least something was going to be in focus, but beyond that it was really a wing and a prayer. You can judge for yourself how things developed: