Last month I was assigned by Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) to shoot Dior show in Shanghai.
For something different, along with shooting in two Nikon digital bodies, I also shot a roll of film backstage at Dior on Leica M3 a friend lent me. The Leica M3 was released in 1954 and is a legendary camera. The one I was playing with was an early ‘double-stroke model, that needs two movements of the winder after each shot.
This M3 came with a 50mm ‘Summicron’ lens, version two, first released two years after the camera. Both camera and lens are in great condition mechanically, with some signs of wear.
I loaded it with a roll of Fujifilm Natura 1600 film, which another friend gave me. This film is now discontinued and quite hard to get your hands on. It has fairly low contrast and as you’d expect is quite grainy.
As for the M3, I like it a lot. It’s such an incredibly well-made camera that many of them have outlived their first owners. It has a nice quiet little shutter sound due to cloth curtains behind the shutter and it’s a beautiful object in itself. I’m looking forward to shooting a little more with it before it gets returned to its owner who has a couple of my Nikon points and shoots to play with. One characteristic of that nice Summicron lens is that it’s not very contrasty. I’ve upped the contrast in the Natura shots in Lightroom. I thought 26 of the 38 or so shots were okay, so I think that’s a pretty good return on that roll.
Anyway, here’s a gallery of nine shots from that roll.