During my visit at the Mill of the Elves (a Christmas theme park, see previous post), I shot a roll of Ilford HP5 film with my Leica M7 and the Voigtlander 15mm lens. I pushed the film at ISO 1600, HP5 looks really nice when pushed. The slow f/4.5 max aperture of the wide angle Voigtlander needs really high ISO speed to shoot interior.
When pushing film speed I always use the Ilfotec DD-X developer, it really excels in this area. Contrast of course is on the high side but that’s something I really like. Grain is much more evident, but it has a completely different look than digital grain, and that shows much better when printing images.
It’s funny how I recently “announced” that I am done with 35mm film and now I have shot three consecutive rolls with my M7 !! The very fast lenses of a 35mm camera (compared to medium format) are very convenient in situations where you deal with available light. So much for my great statement !! No more loud announcements from now on.
Once more, I would like to praise the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lens. It’s really an excellent lens especially if you take consideration of it’s price. The only “flaw” is it’s very slow f/4.5 aperture which makes you struggle in low light situations, but that also has a positive effect on it’s size which is really tiny, a perfect lens for a Leica M.
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