The Kodak TRI-X 400 enjoys a cult status among film shooters. A classic emulsion with a distinctive grain and wonderful tones. It’s been about four months since my last TRI-X roll and last weekend I decided to use it once again.
I managed to shoot three rolls on a single day, two with the Leica M7 and one with the Plaubel Makina 67. I am posting today images from the two Leica rolls. My lenses of choice for the day were the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5, the Leica Summarit 35mm f/2.5, the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 and the Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8. A four set of lenses which easily fit in a small bag.
The results were excellent. Great b&w tones and the distinctive grain of the TRI-X. I rated it at ISO 320 and developed it with Ilford DD-X. The D76 is supposed to be a very good developer for this films and its cheaper than DD-X, but Ilford’s developer has been my favorite for years and I have great experience with it.
A few words now about the Summarit 35mm. The Summarit series is considered to be the entry level lens of Leica. They are not so popular among Leica shooters who will prefer the Summicron or Summilux, but its a hell of lens !!! Razor sharp with super image quality, a real gem. Wide open at f/2.5 produces excellent results, stop it down to f/5.6 and it becomes really amazing. Its a lens that I was not using it much since I preferred the Voigtlandrer Nokton 50mm f/1.4 for its more classic look and then almost two stop faster advantage, but after my last images, I am going to use it more.
In a lot of the images I used a B+W 091 red filter for a more dramatic look. It cuts down 3 stops of exposure so it also acts as a ND filter which allows me to shoot wide open during daylight.
About the Nokton 50mm f/1.5, I find it a much better lens than the f/1.1. Smaller, sharper and with no focus shift, is a great lens. Its has better balance on the Leica M body and I only use the f/1.1 when I want to make images with the unique look you get from a super fast lens.
As time passes by, I am more and more attracted to film (for one more time). Most of my images are now done with film cameras and I will employ the X100 or Leica M8 on situations that require shooting lots of images (film costs money !!).
I am waiting from the lab a few more medium format rolls, three color negatives and three slide films, so when I have them developed and scanned, I will post them.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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