Film or not film?

After a summer shooting both film and digital, I think I’ve found my balance, even if doubts remain.

Shooting my best lenses on digital has brought me to an important conclusion: good scanning matters. I always had a feeling about my pictures, something I couldn’t explain.  It turns out that looking at images taken with both M6 and M8 I see a considerable difference in resolving power. I always shoot ad base iso 160 with M8 and Ektar on M6, to ensure a very fine grain and the best possible detail rendition. I’m not a color maniac, so it doesn’t matter if it’s color accurate or not. It’s important for me to see all fine details the way I want.

Shooting color is totally different for me, I look for a sharp saturated image rather than a gritty/grainy high contrast.

Leica M8 is a 10 Megapixel camera. It’s old technology, but those files are stunning. It has several drawbacks, but none is important to me.

Leica M6 is a film camera. I love the advance lever feel. I can load a roll in less than 15 seconds. Scans from this gem are not on par with M8 files.

What to do then? I’m planning to shoot a lot of film, no doubt, but I’m thinking of a way to have a good scan of my color negatives. No way M6 pictures could be less than M8. It will be a total shame.


Leica M6 and Summicron 50. Shot on Ektar and scanned with Epson V600.

Leica M8 and Elmarit 28 ASPH


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