Leica M7 with Fuji Velvia 50

Today I am publishing the last images from my recent bunch of slide films. This is the only Velvia roll I shot with a 35mm camera, the Leica M7. Actually, it was my last 35mm Velvia roll in stock and I will probably stick to medium format for slide film.

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(Leica M7, Fuji Velvia 50. Location: Edessa,GREECE)

After viewing and scanning medium format slides, it’s really very difficult to appreciate a tiny 35mm frame even when shot with a Leica. It’s all about size when it comes to film and the differences are enormous in favor of medium format.

One other thing I noticed in this roll, was that I didn’t manage to nail down exposure in many shots. Velvia requires absolute precision when metering and that showed up in the images.

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(Leica M7, Fuji Velvia 50. Location: Edessa,GREECE)

Of course, shooting with a 35mm camera is easier and faster, furthermore you have 36 frames per roll, so for travel photography it’s more suitable, but since I have lately tried the new Portra films, with good results, I will use them with the Leica. Furthermore, color negative has a much wider dynamic range which is very helpful in many situations.

One good thing with 35mm slides is that I can view them with my slide projector. Now, that’s a total different experience, the slides really shine there. Of course I rarely project my slides anymore, but the few times I do, I enjoy it very much.

That’s all for today, enjoy the rest of the images.

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2 Responses to Leica M7 with Fuji Velvia 50

  1. minh says:

    Yours Slide pictures so beautyful did you use filter. I like to take picture with fuji Velvia slide can you help me how to meter precision.Thanks first

    • kbesios says:

      Velvia is a slide film with very narrow dynamic range, so its very easy to overexpose or underexpose. I usually take a metering of the area I want perfectly exposed and then try keep my highlights from not blowing out. If the scene is very contrasty its very difficult to get everything properly exposed with Velvia. I can’t use a ND Grad filter with the Leica (its a rangefinder so you can’t see the effect of the filter), but I use a polarizer filter. I try not to polarize a lot since with Velvia it can make the sky look too dark. I prefer set the camera ISO setting to 40 (so I overexpose it a little bit), others just shoot it at ISO 50. With Velvia it takes some time to learn now to meter correctly but when you succeed, the results are awesome.

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