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    Thinking about experimenting with film

    I'm thinking about experimenting with a Leica film camera. I haven't shot film since the early 90's, and things have changed. I have a few questions;

    How do you convert to digital for PP and printing? Do you have to buy a scanner or can you send it out? A darkroom is not an option for me.

    What film are you using for color, B&W? Where are you buying it?

    What L camera can a guy find at a resonable price?

    Thanks in advance.
    Mike

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    Re: Thinking about experimenting with film

    MW: I have an old M2 that I still use on occasion. I use Velvia which you can still purchase from B&H. I still have a darkroom and I have a scanner, which makes it easy for me. I surely do not where to buy a cheap old Leica M camera. Good luck; it is fun to still see chromes n the light table. DR

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    Re: Thinking about experimenting with film

    Hi Mike:

    IMO there are two relatively inexpensive yet excellent scanner options, the Minolta 5400II and the Nikon 5000. Either of these is capable of generating scans that rival a good drum and can be found used for $500 - $750.

    As for the camera, the current Leica MP is IMO the pinnacle of mechanical engineering in a camera, solidly built and a pure joy to own and use -- but it is relatively expensive at $2500 or so used. An older M6 classic should be around $1000; an M3 SINGLE stroke is another superbly built camera, no internal meter but often sold with an external for around $750.

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    Re: Thinking about experimenting with film

    I too got the bug to shoot film along side my M8s and did just that at the GetDPI San Juan Puerto Rico trip. It was a pleasure shooting my MP with the Leicavit all held in the lovely Luigi case. Jack is right about that! I got the film developed locally and just looked at the prints. I am really happy with the results, and as soon as I get a Nikon Coolscan 5000 I will be scanning the negs. I chose Fujicolor Press 400 for the lower light times of day. Contrary to my prior belief, you can still buy all the film you need

    I think one of the board members is selling Jack's former MP - you might want to check it out. One advantage - there's no magnification factor, so your wides are truly wide.

    -Brad

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