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    Dipping a toe in the darkside

    Took delivery of a Leitz Minolta CL this morning - seems to be be working fine apart from the plastic in front of of the viewfinder has been cracked. Rangefinder seems bright and clear - and the meter works - once i had found out how to switch it.

    A 35mm summilux was handed to me from my other halfs 'leitz box', I loaded up some HP5 and stepped out into the sunshine to try it out. It certainly feels nice in the hand - though getting used to aperture and focus rings being the wrong way round and stopping oneself from 'chimping'

    Developed the film this afternoon and then battled with the Plustek scanner trying to get some decent scans

    here are the results - you can see larger versions on my flickr page.

    Comments and criticisms appreciated.... oh and if anybody has a PDF of the manual I would be interested in having a look - though i think I have figured it pretty much out - no endless menus of obscure options here


    cheers

    Kevin
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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    Kevin, The tones in #2 are really beautiful. I am distracted with the sharpening (white line) around the man in #1.
    Congrats on the new camera. It looks like the meter is spot on and Cam's 35 is delicious.

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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    #2 is Quite Fab.....Tones are Beautiful
    I can't get enough of Darks and hi Contrast

    Congrats On Your leica
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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    Kevin,
    I went over to your flickr and looked at #2 in a larger size. The scan looks very good. Are you learning any tricks that you would like to share?

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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    cindy

    thanks for the good words

    re whiteline arund the man - think thats partly due to the sharpening that posting here applies.

    regarding scanning tips... well i have been working using the vuescan tips where you basically lock exposure on a black point - and it probably works on negs tha are reasonalble exposed

    I am still refining the whole workflow - but we are getting there. The cafe shot was scanned at 2500 dpi and the man at 4000 dpi - both scanned to 16bit gray scale TIFF

    will post more as and when i get them done

    cheers

    K

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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    helen

    in order not to offend the nether regional hoarders of this world we should probably refer to it as a Leitz Minolta :-) as that is what it is

    thanks for the good words

    K

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    Re: Dipping a toe in the darkside

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinparis View Post
    cindy

    thanks for the good words

    re whiteline arund the man - think thats partly due to the sharpening that posting here applies.

    regarding scanning tips... well i have been working using the vuescan tips where you basically lock exposure on a black point - and it probably works on negs tha are reasonalble exposed

    I am still refining the whole workflow - but we are getting there. The cafe shot was scanned at 2500 dpi and the man at 4000 dpi - both scanned to 16bit gray scale TIFF

    will post more as and when i get them done

    cheers

    K
    Kevin,
    I know exactly what you are talking about with the sharpening. It doesn't seem to always react the same. I believe that you can put a 1200 pixel wide photo in the gallery with no bad repercussion. If you put it right into the thread, you need to limit it to 900 pixels or some voodoo happens.

    I use the lock exposure with vuescan on my Nikon V with good results.

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