Leica Showcase Leica M Monochrom

GaryMulcahey

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For those of you with the MM, have you used this printing service yet and if so how do you like it? Is there a charge for the service and if so is it reduced in cost since it's part of the MM package? I'm just wondering (and try to build justification on why I need this body).

Yeah I've had mine about a month now. I have been a freelance shooter since 1982 and this is my first Leica, the MM. I have used just about every format of camera for different jobs over he years and have always purchased what I needed to make a living. This is the second camera purchase I have ever made because I wanted it. The first time was in 1979 and I bought a used Nikon F2 when I was in college.
I'm just coming to terms with the MM. Getting to know each other. We are becoming inseparable. It is the closest thing to film I have shot since the digital hammer dropped and I love it.
About the printing. I don't know what it cost but by the look of the sample that comes with the camera, I'm not all that impressed. It could be the capture that is lacking but if I'm in the printing business, I would have put a better foot forward to solicit work.


G
 
Welcome aboard, looking forward to seeing some pictures posted. I bought my Nikon F2 in college as well, I think it was also in 1979. I still have it. The M Monochrom is the closest to Panatomic-X in Microdol that I've ever used.
 

GaryMulcahey

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Ha! So do I Brian. It has the drive on it that takes the 10 batteries. I put some batteries in it every year or so just to hear/feel that mechanical 5 fps. There was nothing like it. I will post some stuff at some point soon.
Thx for the welcome.
 

xdayv

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I hate this thread b/c it makes me want to purchase an MM, I'm sort of regretting not saving up longer and purchasing a MM rather than the M-E. I read that when you purchase an MM you have access to a high quality printing service. For those of you with the MM, have you used this printing service yet and if so how do you like it? Is there a charge for the service and if so is it reduced in cost since it's part of the MM package? I'm just wondering (and try to build justification on why I need this body).

I haven't tried the printing services - and there might be additional taxes to be paid when it enters our country...

Same feeling here except I may save up for the MM rather than replace my M8 with an M9 next year when second-hand M9s are cheaper. The MM seems like a camera for life to me which is a very rare thing in this modern world.

I never expected to have likened the MM so much, that I can gamble to shoot purely in black and white... it's my everyday camera, ironically now.
 

Mijo

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About the printing. I don't know what it cost but by the look of the sample that comes with the camera, I'm not all that impressed. It could be the capture that is lacking but if I'm in the printing business, I would have put a better foot forward to solicit work.


G

That's discouraging to here as that printing company advertises in LFI and I assumed they do good work. I wasn't sure if by owning a MM you are entitled to a discount on printing services or if it was maybe even free (excluding cost of shipping and taxes).
 

GaryMulcahey

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Well in this world of "good enough" they may be top drawer. The paper was very nice.
I just took the print out again and if you hold in the direct sunlight you can see more shadow detail. But for the most part it is a fail in my books. I can forgive some of the "good enough" on the web because of all the different screens, devices and low res. I've been a black an white printer since I was 11 yrs old and the print is the holy grail of good black and white photography as far as I'm concerned and I don't give much wiggle room. Photo journalists get a pass when in stressful situations like war. But the print Leica sent along could have been much better given that the image was not shot under duress.
My two pennies worth.

G
 

xdayv

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some more recent shots...







 

xdayv

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Allen, thanks. I was just about to ask about the last pic over at the other forum you posted. He looks very familiar. I really love the closeness that the 35 renders, hhhmmm...

As usual your street photos are inspiring.
 

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